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An annual tradition, this year’s performance by the 13-member Solstice Singers on December 21 and 22 was a delight. Held in the 1878-built Woods Hole Community Hall, audiences were treated to a potpourri of musical pieces in the style of the Renaissance.

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Performances included a variety of songs by the Solstice Singers – from soulful to silly – and an elegant dance by three couples.

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Instrumentals and accompaniment by Ensemble Passacaglia blended beautifully with the light voices:  Jan Elliott on recorder, Lisa Esperson on percussion, Molly Johnston on viola da gamba, and Tom Hanna on lute.

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A solo by baritone Dan Hotchkiss enchanted the audience.

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The second set began with a traditional dance by Vineyard Swordfish led by Jan Elliott.

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An annual favorite, the Boars Head song and processional has been sung by the group since its founding 21 years ago

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A new twist this year was a mini-play written and directed by singer Wendell Bishop, with acting by a handful of the singers.

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The lilting voices of the Solstice children, all of whom have participated for a number years, rounded out the show.

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Kudos to artistic director Lore Loftfield DeBower and to all performers for presenting such a colorful and entertaining show in celebration of the winter solstice.

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I am thrilled to have earned the designation of Certified Professional Photographer! This is quite an honor. In fact, there are only three other Certified Professional Photographers located across all of Cape Cod.

I earned CPP credentials by first passing a comprehensive CPP exam designed to measure expertise in general photography and portraiture – technical and artistic.

I then submitted a selection of 15 required images that were reviewed and approved by a panel of judges appointed by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. Six were compulsory, such as images to demonstrate knowledge of flattering short lighting, broad lighting, and high key portraits.

Many photographers offer services on Cape Cod – from true professionals to amateurs wielding big cameras who sometimes get a neat shot. But what many folks don’t realize is this. A key distinction between pro photographers and “faux photographers” is the ability to consistently produce top quality results. From image capture through delivering the final retouched portraits. Who wants to entrust their 50th anniversary or 75th birthday family reunion photographs to a faux photographer who may or may not have a lucky day?

I’m proud to be a Certified Professional Photographer– credentials that do indeed represent a high level of professionalism and expertise. If you’d like to find out more,visit the Professional Photographers of America page and find out why certification makes a difference.

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Smartphone cameras have sure come a long way!  My iPhone 4S (always with me) has enabled me to capture some pretty good pictures I would otherwise have missed. But anyone with more than a mild interest in photography knows that taking WOW pictures more consistently means having a real camera, and knowing how to use it.

If you want to move off Auto mode and start taking control of exposure, depth of field, and motion, sign up for my next Basic Photography class  at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth beginning Saturday, February 4th. After 6 weeks, you will be amazed at how much more artistic control you have over tricky situations… learned in a fun and supportive environment. Take a look here for more info on my Basic and Intermediate classes.

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A favorite portrait “pose” is the beach jump… for kids of all ages!  We all had fun this morning at a large family reunion portrait session at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole. I captured close to 20 wonderful poses, with many variation of each to choose from – from the whole family of 29 to smaller family groups. I couldn’t wait to share this jumping series as Debbie, Mike and their family had a ball!  Which jump do you like best?

JUMP #1


JUMP #2

JUMP #3

Recovering…

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I’m happy to announce that my Intermediate Photography class is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 2 at 9 am at the Cape Cod Conservatory, Falmouth campus. The class is limited to 12 students.

This course is designed for students who have a basic understanding of how to use aperture and shutter modes, and are ready to get to the next level – artistically and technically.  Seeing creatively, composing artistically, and taking control of light – the paintbrush of photography – will be the core focus. We’ll cover a variety of genres, including landscape photography and portraiture. Two of the classes will be actual photo shoots.

Information on the Basic and Intermediate training classes, scheduling, and registration is here.

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It seems that some of the best photographs are taken while travelling. New places. New people. New inspirations. But when you’re fortunate enough to live on Oyster Pond in Falmouth, Massachusetts – or anywhere on Cape Cod for that matter  – there’s truly no place like home.

I captured a series of images on a lazy, hazy day at home last week simply by looking out the window, grabbing my camera and wide angle lens, and stepping outside. Minutes later would have been too late.

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Afternoon Dream 2

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One of my favorite places to walk is around Oyster Pond (on which we reside), in the Quissett area of Falmouth, onto the bike path at Surf Drive overlooking Vineyard Sound.  It’s particularly fun on a foggy spring day, when everything is fresh and green, and the summer crowds have yet to arrive. Usually accompanying me is my Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105 “walk around” lens, or my tiny “just in case” Canon SD700 tucked into my pocket. The point-and-shoot does a remarkably good job under non-challenging situations, capturing all but one of the photographs below. Can you guess which ones?

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