It was an honor to be asked by Craig Rowley to share my photographs of Lovell Lake with you. On my Flickr home page (flickr.com/photos/bob_spellman_photography/) just below my name, click on Albums. You will see five of them. Or you can view albums right on this page below.
About the Photos – No “Photoshop” was used to misrepresent the actual scent: i.e., fake backgrounds, fake light, fake sky, superimposed images, etc. The wonderful light in many of the pictures is because of three factors: First, time of Day: 90% of the photos were taken within an hour of sunrise or sunset when the light has a warm glow. The unusual colors and subdued light were the results of taking photos near the shore where the morning and late afternoon sunlight refracts through the trees and bushes. Second, I used a very high shutter speed (exposure time) to take the photos. The average shutter speed for each of the 130 bird photos in these albums was 1/2000th of a second. Therefore, the total time it took the camera to capture all 130 pics was about 6/100th of a second. It takes 1/10th of a second to blink. In the Lovell Lake Life album, you will find a very blue photo of the little island. That image was taken with a 3-minute exposure, which resulted in the “dreamy” look. Finally, in many cases, I just got lucky. Yes, you need patience and some technique, but right place, right time has a lot to do with it.
What About Downloading and Printing the Photos? – If you would like to download and/or print one or more of the photos, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would be happy to send you a couple of files which you can download and print. There is no charge to you for the photo provided it is for private and not commercial use. In your email, please include the album, photo number or name, and whether you intend to download or print. If you want to speak to me, please call me cell 617-510-2100.
Viewing the Photos – You can view the photos on your phone, but I suggest you do so on your computer. Clicking on the previously mentioned link to my Flickr home page, you can simply scroll through the albums, but if you do, you’ll miss the details. I suggest you: 1) Click on the album to open. 2) Next, click on the first photo. It will enlarge, then 3) Use the arrows on the side of the photos to view the images.
Finally, I wish to thank: Craig Rowley for his confidence and wisdom, Thomas Prindle for his knowledge, patience and guidance. And thanks to my spectacular wife, Amanda, who provides me with the adult supervision required to complete such a project. Finally, I wish to posthumously acknowledge the 29 fish and 6 crayfish who gave their lives to benefit the food chain and my photography. Thank you for taking time to view the photographs. I hope you enjoy them. Sincerely yours – Bob Spellman
Lovell Lake Loon Family
In 2019 for the first time in over a decade. we were blessed with the first successful birth of two baby loons. With assistance from Craig and the Loon Preservation Society, both chicks made their way to the Atlantic before the lake froze. Watch them mature from one day old to adolescence. All of the photos in this album are of this 2019 family.
Lovell Lake Adult Loons
Posing, fishing, and looking marvelous. I conclude with a number of black and white photos. In the last photo of the album look for the setting sun. These photos were taken on Lovell Lake over the past four years.
Lovell Lake Eagles, Osprey, Etc.
In addition to the raptors, you’ll see ducks, an ambitious seagull, a Great Blue Heron (looking both elegant and goofy). The finale is a cormorant posing at dusk. Four of the osprey photos were taken in Maine, but they are so interesting that I couldn’t help myself. Note the osprey catching two fish at once.
Our Homes, Camps & Cottages On Lovell Lake
I was speaking with Dick DesRoches, who made the insightful comment that very few of us have pictures of our homes taken from the water. So, when I was on my loon safaris, if the light was right, I took photos of homes. If yours isn’t among the collection and you want a picture, let me know and I’ll take one for you.
Lovell Lake Life
Here’s a question for you: Have any two Lovell Lake homes, docks or boathouses ever been created equal? Everything from Architectural Digest to “my grandfather was drinking homemade booze with his friends and they decided to built this house”. As I make my way around the lake, I am taken by how we look at our lake. Not how we perceive or regard it, but the limitless ways we have created to simply sit there and look at it. To respect your privacy, very few of these photos contain recognizable faces, but a couple do. If you object, let me know and I will gladly remove them.