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?


Foggy Path

Vermont is filled with scenes like this one.  Trees turning color, fog in the morning, and an old dirt road leading somewhere interesting. I love to find spots like this while out exploring or on my way to a another location.  On this particular morning, the fog was incredibly think in the low-lying areas of central Vermont, and many of the places I was hoping to shoot were blanketed with too much fog to create images.  So instead, I spent the morning driving around with no agenda, other than to look for scenes just like this.  This spot caught my eye while turning around on a small side street, and I set up a composition that would include the dirt road as a leading line through the image, while also getting in the trees and a bit of foggy background. A simple scene, but one that I really like.


Solemn

There are certain scenes that beg for the beautiful colors of sunrise or sunset, and then there are others that to me work much better under cloudy and gloomy skies.  Anytime we have overcast or foggy days in the summer, I like to head out to some of the local salt marshes to find locations like this one here in Essex, MA.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a really good clam shack right next to where I was standing when I grabbed this shot.  That just might have had something to do with my choice of location. Might have.


Trees in the Fog

Clever title, huh?  I thought I’d stick with the fall images for one more day with this shot I grabbed the other morning at a local farm.  The fog really made the colors pop, and I decided to soften the image a little further with some adjustments in OnOne’s Perfect Effects to create a kinda ethereal effect.  Hope you like it.

Have a great weekend.


Country Barn

I had the opportunity to do my first fall foliage shooting of the season this week, and took a short road trip up to Vermont.  While I researched and planned for a few spots I wanted to visit, most of the day was spent meandering around the country roads in the central part of the state.

I lost count of how many times I stopped on the side of the road to grab a shot of a barn or farm, and really enjoyed the spontaneity of not knowing what I was going to photograph next.

This barn was one of the first of these many stops.  It sits beautifully in front of some small mountains, and there was a huge blanket of fog moving through the area, the remnants of which you can see on the right.  The foliage season is in full swing in New England, and I’m looking forward to more shooting over the coming weeks.


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.



Morning Fog

Just a quick post for today.  My son was kind enough to wake up my wife and I around 4:30 the other morning.  So instead of going back to sleep, I decided to grab my gear and head out to catch a sunrise.  As much as I was disappointed that the area was socked in with weather, I really love images of small fishing harbors in the morning fog, and came home with this shot of Rockport harbor that I’m very pleased with.