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?


Garwin Falls II

I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy photography at places like Garwin Falls.  For several hours on Sunday morning I was the only one there, and had free reign to explore the area without worrying about anyone or anything else.  It’s just so peaceful to be at a beautiful location where the only sound is the water rushing over the rocks and the occasional click of the camera’s shutter.  I had the flexibility to really take my time, and made far fewer images than I typically would as I spent more time enjoying the moment.  Had the sun not come out from behind the clouds to create very contrasty light, I would’ve been content to hang there all day. With multiple levels of cascading water, surrounded by both evergreen forest and changing leaves, this is truly a magical place.

This is probably my favorite image from the morning.  A six second exposure was all it took to capture the swirling water in the pool at the bottom of the falls, while adding that smooth, milky appearance to the water.  I manually blended two images together for this shot – one of the falls and one of the trees in the center background that were blown out with the long exposure.


Garwin Falls

As we move further into October, we continue to be a bit short of peak colors here in central New England.  I’ve been trying to get out each weekend to see the progress, and was able to get out for a short trip yesterday.  My destination was Garwin Falls in Wilton, NH, and yesterday was my first time visiting it.  It’s a beautiful waterfall, it’s reasonably close to my house, and I was the only one there.  Couldn’t have been a better morning.  Even the sun stayed hidden behind overcast skies for the  first few hours of the morning, giving the falls and the trees the soft, even light they deserve.

The colors are definitely on their way towards peak, and I spent the better part of the morning exploring the area.  This is one of the more traditional views of the falls, and with lots of water flowing from recent rains, it did not disappoint.  I’ll have more images from here to share in future posts.


Silver CascadeI 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.


Autumn Farm

It snowed this weekend which made me think back to warmer and sunnier times.  As much as I love skiing in the winter and beaches in the summer, fall remains my favorite season.  What can compete with the crisp air, beautiful colors, and picturesque farms like this one?