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.


 

Vermont Foliage From Above

As I’m sure is the case with many photographers, fall in New England is my absolute favorite season.  Both for photography, and for just about everything else.  Cool, crisp air and beautiful foliage makes it an enjoyable time of year to be outside exploring. And Vermont is one of my favorite places to be during the season.  I spent two days in north central Vermont last week taking in as much of it as I possibly could, and came away with some images I’ll be sharing here on the blog.

Some online scouting resulted in the location for today’s image.  It’s a fantastic spot with unbelievable views of Cabot and the surrounding area.  The hike up is reasonably short, but is definitely a bit strenuous, climbing 300-400 feet in elevation over roughly half a mile.  Once at the top, however, the climb up becomes totally worthwhile.  To get this specific vantage point requires standing on a narrow rock ledge with a sheer vertical drop to the forest below, and is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights.  I had hiked up hoping for a colorful sunset, but unfortunately the clouds were not present that evening.  With that said, the foliage below was stunning (and almost at peak), and the setting sun added some additional interest.  This will definitely be on my list to visit in the future whenever I get back to Vermont.


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.


Fall Desperation

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m a photographer who lives in New England.   Embarrassed because I have beautiful foliage surrounding me everywhere I look at the moment, and I’ve hardly done any shooting whatsoever to capture any of it.

So feeling desperate after a storm passed the other day, I grabbed my camera and jumped in my car hoping to find foliage inspiration.   I didn’t have the success I was hoping for, but did manage to capture a few shots I liked.  This barn is one of them.

There is still a week or two left of good color, so I’m still hopeful that I’ll get out at least one more time for some more foliage goodness.


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.


Moss Glen Falls

There are few things in the world of landscape photography as beautiful as a waterfall in autumn.  Especially beautiful are the waterfalls that are visible from the road and require almost no hiking to reach them.  Lazy photographers of the world unite!  🙂

Such is the case with Moss Glen Falls in Granville, VT.  You can see it from the road, and need only to walk a 100 yards or so along a wooden boardwalk to get a clear view.  Climbing over the fence is required to get compositions like this one, but it’s very easy to do here.  This is a very popular location for photographers and tourists, so I made sure to get there very early to both avoid other people, and to also avoid having sunlight washing out part of the falls.


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.


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?


Good morning, and I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  I thought for today I would try something I’m calling “find the one thing that annoys me about this image.”  This is another shot from my trip to a local farm last weekend.  I was really pleased with this image once I had processed it, but then one little thing started to bug me a bit.  Can you figure out what it is?

P.S.  If I get 50 different answers, I’m going to be a little concerned about my future as a photographer.  🙂