Blair Bridge in Fog

Who says autumn images need to be in color?  This is the Blair Bridge in Campton, NH, and my visit here a few weeks ago was a bit early for peak fall color.  In addition, the fog was quite thick when I arrived just after sunrise, and I immediately knew I wanted a B&W image from this scene.  Fog can look great in a color photo, but I think it adds even more mood to a monochrome image instead.  An exposure of 0.7 seconds gave me a little motion in the water without having too much movement in the leaves and trees, and it was a simple conversion in Lightroom CC.

It was an amazing morning, and I can still feel the chill in the air and hear the sounds of the river.   The leaves are now mostly gone, and although it’s been unseasonably warm and pleasant this week, I already miss 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.

The Basin II

Today’s post is another image from the Basin in Lincoln, NH.  Just as in my post the other day, you can see the beautiful curves and shapes that have been formed by years and years of flowing water here.  I’m really looking forward to getting back there in the fall to capture some swirling leaves in the water.

Hampton Rocks

Happy Friday everyone.  Here’s another black and white long exposure, but this time from Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.  I met up with Bob Lussier for an impromptu shoot two weeks ago, and we had about an hour in the area to see what we could find.  These rocks immediately caught our eye, and we spent most of our time trying various long exposure compositions.  To get this 60 second exposure, I had to stop down quite a bit, and also stack a polarizer and my ND10.  Not an ideal set-up, but I still like how it turned out.

Have a great weekend.

The Basin

Well I’m back after a week away on vacation at DisneyWorld with the family.  It was nice to take a break from blogging and most things social media (I still followed all the updates from the marathon bombing), and I even left my DSLR at home for the trip and just brought a small P&S camera.  This vacation was all about family time, and it was wonderful.  I took lots of pictures of the kids, but nothing for the blog.

So here’s my first post in over a week, and it’s a shot from the Basin in Lincoln, NH.  This is a really cool location, although it was snowing while I was there a few weeks ago.  In addition to the blurring effect on water, clouds, etc., long exposures are also great for eliminating things like snowfall or even people that don’t stay long in the frame.  There were no people to worry about here, but I did want to exclude the falling snow from the image, which this 60 second exposure took care of.  While there was some nice color in the rocks and pine trees, I liked the look of this image better in B&W.  I recently purchased Silver Efex Pro 2, and it’s really growing on me.

Blair Bridge

Today’s image is the Blair Bridge in Campton, NH.  I have driven by its exit off I-93 several times recently on my way to and from skiing trips further north, and found myself driving by it again this weekend.  This time I had no one with me, and thus no excuse not to stop to see if it would be worthwhile.  And it definitely was.

Although other bridges had been built at this location beginning in 1829, the current structure was built in 1869, and is NH covered bridge #41.  It’s only wide enough to accommodate one vehicle at a time, and cars need to wait when there is another already crossing the bridge.  It creaks and groans when you drive across it, which just adds to the experience.  This is another spot that’s going on my “I gotta get back here in the fall” list.

River Stones

Today’s image comes from the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, NH.  This river provides so many great photo opportunities as it’s full of stones and boulders like these which can really add to a shot.  I was initially trying to find a more grand view of the river when I was up there last year, but couldn’t find one that suited me.  So instead I found this more intimate scene and threw on the trusty ND10 for a little long exposure goodness.