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.


Snoqualmie Falls

As the #ExpeditionPalouse trip got underway, we left Seattle in the morning for our 4 1/2 hour drive to the Palouse.  We were anxious to start shooting far sooner, however, and decided to make a stop at Snoqualmie Falls not too far outside the city.  This is not one of those remote waterfalls that require a 1-2 mile hike up the side of mountain, but instead is one of the most popular scenic stops in the state.  It’s just a short walk from the parking lot to the falls, and there are paved walkways and overlooks all around.  There’s even a gift shop if you want a souvenir beyond your photographs.

We spread out along the paths and found any space we could among all the tourists to set up our tripods.  As it was late morning, the sky was of no real use, so I focused tighter on the falls and worked on some long exposures.  It’s difficult to get a unique composition here (at least without some climbing gear to get lower), but I was still happy with my images having never been there before this trip.  Even a well-known location that’s been photographed extensively is still worth shooting when it may be the only time you’ll visit and photograph it.

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.

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.

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.

Water Wheel

This is the Grist Mill at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.  I posted a similar shot here as a B&W, and found this composition that I wanted to process in color.  This place is incredible to visit in the fall, and is the backdrop to many a wedding or engagement photo.  The key is to get here early to avoid the people who always seem to find their way into the background of your carefully composed images.