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Jerry Monkman

June 30th, 2013

Why I Love Photography on the Maine Coast

Posted By Jerry Monkman
A cairn, above the fog, marks a hiking trail on the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Maine's Acadia National Park.
I’m blessed to live just a mile from the Maine Coast and it’s mix of rocky shorelines, bird-filled tidal marshes, and working harbors (though we have those things in my home state of New Hampshire too, albeit only 17 miles of coastline versus Maine’s 3000.) Summer is my favorite time to shoot on the coast. …
May 15th, 2013

Using the Visual Arts for Conservation

Posted By Jerry Monkman
A hiker on the Appalachian Trail on the summit of Mount Moosilauke in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Those of you who follow my work probably know that the majority of my photography is done to promote land conservation projects, primarily in New England. How I got there is a long story (I was a business major in college in Illinois with dreams of managing rock bands!,) but one thing that had a …
April 22nd, 2013

Waterfall Photo Tips

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Zealand Falls in fall in new Hampshire's White Mountains.
With spring bringing snow melt and rain in the mountains, it seemed like a good time to share some waterfall photo tips: I also want to say thank you to the editors of the OP blog for mentioning my Kickstarter project last week. If Earth Day has you wanting to support the arts and conservation …
April 3rd, 2013

What to do in Mud Season?

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Rime ice at sunrise on the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington.
Late March and early April can be a tough time for nature photographers in New England. Known locally as mud season, this time of year is filled with landscapes of dirty, melting snow, deeply furrowed dirt roads, and forests without any color. A photographer can hope for good light and atmosphere and create images of …
March 19th, 2013

Time Lapse – Two Days in Acadia.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Jordan Pond in Winter, Acadia National Park
It’s been a while since I posted here, so I thought I should say hello to everyone – hello! This winter I picked up a Pocket Dolly from Kessler Crane so I could add some motion to time lapse sequences. It’s amazing how a little motion can add a lot of drama to these clips, …
June 14th, 2012


Posted By Jerry Monkman
I’m fortunate to live just a couple of miles from the Atlantic Ocean on the New Hampshire coast (yes, New Hampshire has a coast!) This part of New England can be described as a mix of small urban centers, surrounded by suburban landscapes, agricultural fields and small woodlands. On land, there are plenty of good …
April 27th, 2012

Video Series Wrap-Up

Posted By Jerry Monkman
I want to thank all of you have been following my series of outdoor photography videos over the last ten weeks. I’ve enjoyed producing them and I’ve enjoyed even more the photos you have shared with me as you work to improve your photography. I made this last video to get you thinking about how …
April 16th, 2012

Filter basics.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
Filter basics.
Over the course of this video series, I’ve mentioned a few filters from time to time and promised to discuss them in more detail in a later video. Well, here it is! In the video, I talk about the three filters I regularly use (and they’re the only filters I use): 1) I use a …
April 7th, 2012

Shoot Sharp.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
In this week’s video I discuss how to create sharp images, whether you are hand holding your camera or using a tripod. This may not be the most exciting topic, but it is pretty darn important if you ever want to display your images as anything but a low-res Facebook photo or a 4″ x …
March 30th, 2012

Capturing Motion.

Posted By Jerry Monkman
A kayaker plays in a hole in Tariffville Gorge on the Farmington
Last week I talked about varying your aperture to create different effects through depth of field. In a static landscape scene where nothing is moving, you can set your aperture, then use whatever shutter speed gives you a proper exposure (assuming you are using a tripod if your shutter speed is less than around 1/125 …