Saturday, January 29, 2011


I have started a new blog at
Please continue to follow me there and preview my first new posting. More to come. Let me know what you think please.
I plan on weekly blogging on these monthly topics: Personal Projects/ Working Projects in Photography, Places and Travels, the Decorator and Gallery World, and Educational sections - often with guest bloggers. My monthly High Five Photo tips will be included.
Also my new logo and website at:
My prior swansongart website will be for my portrait work and private galleries and remains at:
My new facebook business page at: h!/pages/Judith-Monteferrante-Photography/152125031506073?v=wall
So Please fan it!
My links to Twitter and Flickr will be on the new blog.

Thanks for following and hope you enjoy this preview.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rocky Neck Goes to Town_Winter Show and Reception

Hope you can attend the reception December 4 from 5 to 8 pm, including a local restaurant tasting.   Should be lots of fun and a great time for holiday shopping. 

Monday, November 8, 2010


Rocky Neck Art Colony is the oldest working art colony in America.
Almost every American artist of note has painted on Rocky Neck at some point in his or her career including Milton Avery, Cecilia Beaux, Theresa Bernstein, Nell Blaine, Stuart Davis, Frank Duveneck, Adolph Gottleib, Childe Hassam, Hans Hofmann, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Fitz Henry Lane, William Meyerowitz, Frederick Mulhaupt, Maurice Prendergast, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, and many others.
Today over 30 working artists display their work in Rocky Neck galleries and studios, exhibiting a wide range of styles and media. In addition to the galleries, area restaurants provide gourmet cuisine, waterfront views, and eclectic atmosphere.
Rainbow over RNAC
The winter show will be:  ROCKY NECK GOES TO TOWN: GREAT ART IN SMALL PACKAGES from November 26 through December 23, 2010 at 130 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, on the Boston North Shore (45 minutes north of Boston on Cape Ann).   Reception will be held on December 4th from 5 to 8 pm.  Please join us and shop, shop, shop!!  Volunteers welcome. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Showing Motion in Water

Streams and waterfalls are wonderful to shoot especially on cloudy or overcast days. I aim for silky water which requires slow shutter speeds.  It you are faced with a sunny day,  a neutral density filter (my personal favorite is the Singh Ray Vari ND filter) and/ or polarizer will allow a slower exposure even in bright light.  
Examples of Fluid Smooth Slow Motion of Water:  

Start with Aperture Priority and set it to a small aperture such as F 22 or higher.  ISO 100-200 to start.  Look for around 1/2 second Shutter speed. ( Guidelines: around 1/4 if close - up to 1/30 sec if full framed for waterfalls, 1/2 sec if close up to 1/15 full frame for streams and rivers, 1 sec if close up to 1/8 sec full framed for waves or surf). 
The camera will select the shutter speed, so the rest is trial and error to get a slow enough shutter speed for the effect you want while not blowing out the highlights too much (that is more than the recovery slider can fix).  To assess this, look at the blinkies on your LCD or the histogram. 
If you desire the opposite effect, that is to freeze the motion of water, some tips:  To freeze the action of water moving parallel to you, start with the goal of 1/500 to 1/1000 sec or higher.  1/250 sec if towards you. 1/250 sec for waterfalls. 1/30 to 1/60 for waves. To freeze raindrops, 1/60 sec.