Vermont Village

Waits River, Vermont is one the quaint villages I was seeking when I visited the area earlier this fall.  It’s one of those locations that you need to know about in advance, however, as you risk driving right through it without noticing much more than the nice church as you pass by.  In order to get a good angle and composition that includes the various buildings, you need to turn down this narrow road to get the view back up towards the church.  Advanced research and scouting of the area was definitely key on this trip.

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts about this trip, I was really lucky to get these foggy mornings which when timed right, can provide beautiful light as the fog lifts.  When I first passed though the area before sunrise, I couldn’t see the church as I stood right in front of it.  But later that morning as the fog started to clear, I was treated to some beautiful, almost ethereal, light.  The fog was still obscuring most of the colorful foliage in the background, but for this particular image, I didn’t really care – I had the shot I wanted.


 

Fog Rising

Today’s image is another one from my recent visit to Vermont.  The village of East Corinth was high on my list of locations to shoot after seeing some images of the town online, and more importantly, after learning that it was the setting for the movie Beetlejuice.  It’s one of Tim Burton’s best movies, and one of my personal favorites, and I of course had to watch it again after photographing the area.

I had arrived here before sunrise, hoping for some nice light on the church and the surrounding landscape.  I was instead greeted by a blanket of fog that obscured anything further than two feet in front of me.  So after waiting for some time with no relief from the fog, I decided to get back in my car and explore the area in hopes of returning later to see the fog rising before the sun got too high.  About an hour later I came back to the same spot, and found gorgeous light hitting the church and colorful trees behind it as the fog began to lift.  It was a truly amazing scene, and I was fortunate to have timed my return just right.  Have I mentioned that I love Vermont in the fall?


Church Doors

I was up early Sunday morning, excited for a day of skiing before settling in for the Superbowl (Way to go Pats!).  When I learned that my friend was not feeling well and couldn’t ski, my first reaction was to jump back into bed and get more sleep.  (Yes, I could’ve gone by myself, but didn’t want to.)  But then I realized that I was dressed for the frigid cold, and was also in possession on a new camera that needs more breaking in.  So with not much time before sunrise, I decided to head into Boston to photograph the Christian Science Center, one of the more impressive pieces of architecture in the city.

The clouds once again conspired against me and stayed in bed, so once I grabbed a few wide angle shots of the building, I decided to focus my efforts on the many beautiful details you see everywhere you look here.  These doors in particular caught my eye, and I spent a fair amount of time trying various angles and compositions.  This image, with the morning light illuminating one of the doors, ended up as one of my favorites.


Island Church

Today’s image is the community church on Monhegan Island in Maine.  Aside from the Island Inn, this may be the largest building on the island, which is a major contributing factor to the island’s charm.  As I’ve posted about before, Monhegan is a small island off the coast of Port Clyde, Maine, and is about as quaint and quintessential coastal Maine as you’re going to find.  Dirt roads, no cars, walk to everything.  This is life on Monhegan.  While I doubt I could live there year-round, I could certainly enjoy an extended vacation there in the summer.


Everyone seems to do iPhone Fridays, so I thought I’d go a little crazy and throw one down on a Tuesday.  Part of the reason that I’m posting some iPhone shots today is that I seem to be in a bit of a rut, both photographically and creatively.   I can’t seem to find much to shoot that looks interesting, and I haven’t really been pleased with what I’ve produced lately even when I have filled a memory card.  I’m still shooting when I can, and occasionally get something decent, but it’s just been a bit of a struggle.  I’m thinking that maybe just using the iPhone for a little while could get the juices flowing again.

These shots were taken this past Sunday after a really nice brunch with my family in Concord, MA.  This cemetery is situated on a hill overlooking the downtown area, and is just full of colonial-era history.  Although I’m not always a fan of shooting cemeteries, I kinda liked the way these images turned out.