|Green River above the Village|
This last week I have been struggling to work through images from this year’s Fall Foliage Workshop. The pressure has been relaxed by all the great pictures that my group has already posted to public media. I have been amazed by the variety and quality of the work.
|Dan Shooting in the Rain|
|West Guilford Valley, Vermont|
Weather: It’s always about the weather
|Barn in the Rain, Chesterfield|
|Green River Falls, 16 seconds with ND|
We shot on the back roads of Chesterfield New Hampshire and up to the remarkable Roads End horse farm, but much of our day was spent in Vermont. With many stops, we worked our way to the classic village of Green River in Guilford Vermont. Within a compact location, Green River provides an arrangement of almost everything which makes an iconic New England village icon; a waterfall, a covered bridge, a white church and more. Everyone found their own approach. I had the opportunity to demonstrate the use of a neutral density filter to soften the waterfall and create leaf swirls in the pond below.
|Reach Maple, Guilford Vt|
As the day progressed, the rain thinned, and we saw some sun, but the clouds were never very far from view. We had more sun on Sunday which allowed us to appreciate the value of a polarizing filter and the dramatic effect of strong back-lighting.
|The Group, Precious Monadnock View|
|Broad Brook, Guilford Vt|
I am always enthusiastic about shooting flowing water in all its manifestations and the recent rain, provided several opportunities on Saturday. Brooks and rivers tend to open gaps in the trees allowing light to penetrate, highlighting the color of the foliage and creating contrast with the dark blue water. We found beautiful views at a couple of locations on Broad Brook, and along the Green River in Guilford Vermont. Of course, the falls over the wood crib dam in Green River provided many different opportunities to capture the flow at various shutter speed
|Sherman's Pasture Jaffrey NH|
The Human Touch
|Shack ion the Woods, Marlborough NH|
Our corner of New England is known for its pristine farms and, as always, we found that the autumn colors contrasted nicely with lovely barns, sugar shacks and farming equipment. The trick was to allow the color to comfortably envelop the human touches. On Sunday, we completed our tour with a visit to Jaffrey where the streets were lined with hundreds of scarecrows. The “Scarecrows on the Common” is just part of a family-oriented autumn celebration which included face painting, hayrides and somethings called a “Donut Dash”.
There always must be animals. Horses, sheep, goats, and cows, we found lots of opportunities to capture farm animals. The remarkable thing is how oblivious these creatures are to the spectacular colors which are all around. The trick is to get the critters to stop paying attention to the mass of photographers and return to doing “critter” stuff. It usually just took patience.
Not all the attractions of our workshop fell into neat categories. It is Autumn and sometimes things where just plain beautiful. What is not captured in the images is the great fun that we had chatting, often about photography, and sometimes about nothing vaguely related to photography. Frequently I had to break off the conversations and suggest that we might want to take a few pictures!
I have more of my own images to process, but much of my time was spent helping the group find great locations and then get the most from their expensive equipment. From all that I’ve seen so far, the group took LOTS of great pictures!
I am continuing to add pictures to my
2018 Fall Foliage Workshop Gallery
2018 Fall Foliage Workshop Gallery
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Jeff Newcomer, NEPG