Jenne Farm

This is the Jenne Farm in Reading, VT.  You may know it as one of the most photographed farms in New England, if not the United States. And you know what? I was thrilled to finally get there and make some images, exactly as many, many photographers have done before me.  There was a time when I wanted to avoid the most photographed ______ in the country or world, thinking that how could I possibly create something that no one else has before.  What I’ve discovered is that I don’t always need to create something new and different from everyone else’s images of a location.  These places are the most photographed _______ for good reason, which is typically the sheer beauty of them.  So why not get there and make some magic.

The Jenne Farm is no exception.  It is the quintessential New England farm – especially in the fall – and I couldn’t be happier with the images I made there, regardless of how similar they may be to others.  Now after saying all that, I was fortunate to have the cows feeding right in front me, which is an added bonus that I haven’t seen in too many other images.  A happy accident I was happy to come across.  Had the cows not been there, however, I would’ve been just as satisfied with the shot.


 

Weber House at Dusk

One of the highlights of our recent trip to the Palouse was the afternoon/evening we spent photographing the Weber House just outside of Pullman, WA.  It’s a fairly well-known landmark among photographers, and we weren’t at all surprised to see a dozen of them set up there when we arrived a little before sunset.  What did surprise us was the fact that all of them left before the sun went down, leaving the whole place just for our crew.

And we certainly took advantage, getting shots as the sun went down, then at dusk, some light painting when it got dark, and lastly some milky way shots.  Although I really loved the shots of the house and the milky way above, I think this was my favorite from the shoot.


 

Rolling Hills of the Palouse

This is the landscape I flew across the country to see.  The Palouse region of Washington state has been on my photography bucket list for some time, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to visit the area with the NxNW crew last week.  We had an incredible time and got to see some truly stunning landscapes.

One of the iconic locations in the Palouse is Steptoe Butte.  It’s basically a small mountain of about 3,600 feet in elevation that provides panoramic views of the surrounding farmland, hills and distant mountains.  Driving up the road to the top you’re treated to beautiful vistas in every direction, providing unlimited photographic opportunities.  Pictures just don’t do it any justice, but of course I had to try.

On our first full day in the area, we drove up the butte at both sunrise and sunset as the light is remarkably different in the morning versus the evening.  This particular image was taken just before sunset as the low light of the sun casted shadows across the hills.  Just spectacular.


Sleepy Hollow Farm

As this is one of my favorites times of year, I’m going to stick with the fall images for a few more days.  This is the Sleepy Hollow Farm in Woodstock, Vermont.  It’s a fairly well-known photo location, and presents many wonderful compositional opportunities.  For this image I went with the trusty “road as a leading line” theme which works great with this winding driveway.  I wish I could’ve arrived earlier for the pre-dawn light, but the colors in the scene certainly didn’t disappoint.


Harvest

I love unexpectedly stumbling upon a fall scene like this at a local farm.  Especially when I have my camera with me.  No tripod, but I was able to capture this one shot handheld.  I boosted the saturation a bit, added some selective focus in FocalPoint from OnOne, and there we have it.

Have a great weekend.


Fenced In

Living in New England, there is almost always a farm to be explored and photographed somewhere nearby.  And for me, finding a farm I haven’t photographed before means opportunities in all seasons when nothing else is inspiring me.  I grabbed this shot on a cool spring afternoon, before the leaves started to bloom.  Since there was little color in this scene, I decided to convert to B&W to highlight the textures in the fence and grass.


Lined Up for Spring

A few weeks ago we had our first taste of spring here in the northeast, and I made sure I was out enjoying it.  This is part of a farm that I decided to visit for the first time, and I can already tell that I’m going to be back.  I’m thinking that this tree lined road/path will look fantastic in the fall, and hopefully later this spring as well.

As much as I’ve enjoyed all the shooting I’ve done this winter at the mills, I’m very excited to get back outside for some landscape work.  There’s no doubt that I’ll continue shooting the old mills, but it will be nice to have some other options in the warm weather as well.



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?


Winter Sky

While I almost always prefer shooting in warmer weather, the winter can sometimes offer up incredible colors in the sky, especially before and after stormy weather.  For this shot I didn’t need to go very far as this barn is about 3 miles from my house.  It makes a great photo subject in any season when I don’t have the time or energy to go beyond the town borders to get some shooting in.