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.


 

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.


 

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.


Natural Bridge

I’m taking a break from the mill images today, and going back to an image I made this fall.  Most of the shots I captured of Moss Glen Falls in Vermont were wide-angle shots taking in the grandeur of the the entire waterfall, but I did manage to grab a few detail shots as well.  This log that had fallen over a section of the falls caught my eye, and I moved in close to get a tighter view.  I just love long-exposure waterfall shots, whether they’re intimate close-ups like this one, or broad sweeping views.  It’s just me and my best friend, Mr. B+W ND10.



Moss Glen Falls II

Today’s image is another shot from my visit to Moss Glen Falls in Granville, VT earlier this month.   I was so taken with the beauty of the falls and surrounding trees that I didn’t notice the swirling leaves in the water until I had the image on my computer.  I would’ve loved to focus some shots just on this effect, but I guess it’s one more reason to make another trip back there next year.


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.