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.

Back Bay Dawn

A cloudy pre-dawn morning is an excellent time to create long exposures, especially when you can include a skyline, such as the Back Bay area of Boston, as part of the image.  Streaking clouds with pastel colors always contrasts nicely with buildings.

What makes this image kinda interesting, is that someone unfamiliar with Boston would think that the snowy foreground area is simply a large field, when it’s in fact the frozen Charles River.  Hopefully frozen for not too much longer, however, as I think we’ve all had enough of this winter by now.

The Frozen Charles

Although the weather warmed up a bit this past weekend, the Charles River remains virtually frozen solid.  This is something I hadn’t contemplated when planning this sunrise shoot, as I was hoping for some nice long exposures of the river.  Once I got past the strange reality of the river not moving, however, I realized that this is something that probably doesn’t happen very often, as we’ve experienced historically cold temperatures this winter.  I’m sure there’s a lemon/frozen lemonade moral to this story somewhere, but it’s late as I write this and I’m letting it go.

Anyway, these boats that were the main subject in my prior post, are now a compliment to the skyline and the colors of the pre-dawn hour.  In order to have both the boats and the taller buildings in the frame, I needed to “break” a major rule of photography by having the Prudential tower in the center as opposed to one of the left or right sides.   Nothing I could control, but I still like the way this turned out. This is definitely a spot I plan to revisit in the Spring.

Row Your Boat

When I looked at the weather forecast for Sunday morning, and saw that the temperature at sunrise was going to be in the 20s, I have to admit I was pretty excited.  The last few times I’ve been up to shoot sunrise, the temps have been single digits and at times below zero.  I can’t say it was balmy, but it sure felt a lot warmer than what we’ve been used to.

This image is of the sailboats at the MIT Sailing Pavilion in Cambridge along the Charles River.  I had come to shoot the sun rising behind the Boston skyline across the river, but couldn’t resist getting some shots of these awesome little boats all lined up waiting for warmer weather.  And yes, I know these are sailboats and the title of my post is “row your boat,” but you’ll have to grant me a little flexibility here.

I’ll have some shots of the city and the frozen river in upcoming posts.

Profile Falls

This past weekend, Bob Lussier and I visited the small mill town of Franklin, NH to photograph some of the old buildings in the area.  We headed up a bit early to check out Profile Falls in Bristol first, which is just a short distance from Franklin.  As we missed the early morning light, and had whole lot of nothing in the way of clouds, I decided to move downstream and focus my attention on some shaded areas where there was less direct sunlight and I could eliminate the boring sky.

This is one of the images that seemed to work best.  I chose a fairly long exposure to completely smooth the water, and add some visual interest from the faster moving water seen in white.  Not that you can see it here, but the falls themselves are actually quite impressive, and will definitely merit a visit back in the fall.

Pawtucket Falls

The other night I had the opportunity to join up with a bunch of local photographers to do some sunset and night shooting in Lowell, MA.  We started out at the Pawtucket Falls at sunset, and basically took over the bridge and gatehouse that looks out over the falls.  Before I even got there, I was looking forward to trying some long exposures, and knew right away the location I wanted.  The flowing water of the Merrimack River and curved leading line of the dam made a nice composition.

As there were more than a dozen of us jockeying for similar positions, I’m guessing the internet is probably flooded (no pun intended) with this same shot.  Which ain’t such a bad thing.


Just a quick post for today.  This is one side of the marked entrance for boats leading under a bridge over part of the salt marsh in Newbury, MA.  For whatever reason, this wooden structure jutting out into the water caught my eye, and I really like the minimalist composition here.  It was a foggy day which helped add to the mood I was trying to create.

Along the Canal

As much as I like shooting the interiors of the mills of Lawrence, they look pretty darn good from the outside as well.  This is another image from the photo walk that Bob Lussier and I hosted a few weeks ago.  We were fortunate to have a pretty nice sky that night, and were able to get some images before and after the sun set.  If you look closely, you’ll notice some blue lights on the bridge that had just turned on as the sun was setting.  The bridge looks great at night, changing colors every 30 seconds, and I’ll post an image next week from later that evening with it all lit up.

Have a great weekend.