I spent a day this past weekend exploring the White Mountains in New Hampshire looking for some early fall images. The color in New England is late this year due to the dry weather we had at the end of the summer, so I wasn’t expecting to see peak colors, but was hoping that there would indeed be some color in the area. While definitely not widespread, there was certainly some nice color in specific areas, and the Silver Cascade waterfall in Hart’s Location definitely provided a preview of what’s to come in the next week or two.
The weather forecast had originally called for overcast skies and possibly some drizzle, which is exactly what I wanted. The clouds provide nice even, soft lighting, and any rain can cause the leaves to look even more colorful when using a polarizer filter. The other benefit of cloudy weather is that it can keep the crowds much smaller than you’d find on a sunny day. Well the forecast was wrong, and the sun was out the majority of the day. And of course so were the tour buses full of leaf peepers. This particular location changed by the minute in terms of the amount of people. At some points there were just a handful of people there, while other times a bus would dump 40 people toting iPhones and iPads trying to capture the beauty of this very accessible location. So because of the crowds, I put on my telephoto lens and pointed up where no one could get in my shot. This waterfall is about 300 feet tall, and there are plenty of smaller scenes to shoot without trying to force everything into one image.
I’m definitely pleased with how this image turned out, but next time I’m going to spend more time at the less-accessible locations to avoid the big crowds.