Who says autumn images need to be in color? This is the Blair Bridge in Campton, NH, and my visit here a few weeks ago was a bit early for peak fall color. In addition, the fog was quite thick when I arrived just after sunrise, and I immediately knew I wanted a B&W image from this scene. Fog can look great in a color photo, but I think it adds even more mood to a monochrome image instead. An exposure of 0.7 seconds gave me a little motion in the water without having too much movement in the leaves and trees, and it was a simple conversion in Lightroom CC.
It was an amazing morning, and I can still feel the chill in the air and hear the sounds of the river. The leaves are now mostly gone, and although it’s been unseasonably warm and pleasant this week, I already miss the fall.
Between the crazy winter we’ve had here in Massachusetts, and the craziness going on at work, I’ve unfortunately had little time to get out and shoot. And less time to blog about my lack of shooting. So I decided to remedy this, at least temporarily, by getting up early this past Sunday to photograph the sunrise. I had my plan all set – get out to Eastern Point Light in Gloucester to photograph the lighthouse with the sun rising behind it. All was good, until I neared the end of the road that leads to the lighthouse and discovered that the last half mile or so hadn’t been plowed in at least a few weeks.
So with no way to access the lighthouse, I turned to plan B, which was to drive around and pray that I could find something interesting to salvage the morning. I could see that the colors were going to be nice, and candidly, I would’ve used a trash can as my photo subject just to get the sky behind it. Luckily, I came across this small bridge which crosses a tidal river to the beach. It was the perfect foreground subject, and allowed me to capture the sky and its colors reflected on the bridge and the snow. And the bonus is that you can see the twin lights of Thacher Island in the distant background on the left of the image, so I still got my lighthouse shot. Success.
This past weekend, Bob Lussier and I hosted a free photo walk as part of our Historic Mills Photography Workshops. We had a terrific group of people join us, and there have already been some great images posted on our facebook page. Here’s one of the shots I was able to get as the sun was setting behind the North Canal. I had tried this shot earlier in the night, and then came back to it towards the end of the evening to refine it. It’s a perspective I hadn’t tried in the past, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
Today’s image is the Blair Bridge in Campton, NH. I have driven by its exit off I-93 several times recently on my way to and from skiing trips further north, and found myself driving by it again this weekend. This time I had no one with me, and thus no excuse not to stop to see if it would be worthwhile. And it definitely was.
Although other bridges had been built at this location beginning in 1829, the current structure was built in 1869, and is NH covered bridge #41. It’s only wide enough to accommodate one vehicle at a time, and cars need to wait when there is another already crossing the bridge. It creaks and groans when you drive across it, which just adds to the experience. This is another spot that’s going on my “I gotta get back here in the fall” list.
This is the Duck Bridge in Lawrence. It spans the Merrimack River and recently reopened after renovations kept it closed for the past 2 years. I liked the juxtaposition of old and new with the updated old sign on its new piers, abutments and trusses, as well as the view of the rebuilt bridge with the old mills in the background. The reopening of the bridge is just another indication that the community of Lawrence continues on its path of revitalization.
On a related note, the response we received for our first Historic Mills Photo Workshop on April 6th was overwhelming, and I’m excited to announce that we have added a second workshop at the Everett and Stone Mills for May 18th. Please visit our web site for more information and to register.
Today’s image comes from the same location as yesterday’s post. I’ve always been a proponent of getting down low for certain types of shots, and for this one I got as low as possible. The center column on my tripod doesn’t allow me to get as low as I wanted to, so I ended up handholding the camera a few inches off the ground and fired off some brackets. I definitely want to come back and try this shot again when there are actually leaves on the trees, especially some time in the fall.
Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 24mm, 3 brackets