There are still patches of brown foliage on the oaks and the persistent yellow of the beach groves, but my New England autumn is winding down to the last gasps. As always, I'm exhausted and ready for long quiet hours with a cup of coffee at my desk working through the hundreds of late September and October images. I say it every year, but it is worth repeating, thank god for the dull colors of November!
|Otter Brook, Roxbury, NH|
Vermont's Route 100
|Top of the Valley, Hnacock Vt|
|Moss Glen Swirl, Granville, Vt|
Just as the colors were building at home Susan and I headed over to the Camden area to spend a few days on the Maine Coast. It was a lovely escape. The colors were a bit early along the shore, but I did get some nice shots of the morning light on Camden and Lincolnville Harbors and a lovely sunset at the always dramatic Marshal Point Light. I was nervous about missing some of the best color at home, but it was while we were away that the intense wind and rain storm hit the Monadnock region.
Follow the Color
As usual, this year I tried to extend the season by following the
from north to south. It started with a drive up Route 100 to Moss
Glenn Falls, and our sea coast interlude. In the middle of the season, I
explored more locally including lovely farm land in Chesterfield,
Walpole, Hancock and southeastern Vermont. We had great weather for the
Keene Pumpkin Festival and when I wasn’t lighting candles I got nice
light both early in the morning and at night in the midst of the
celebration of Keene’s new World Record for lit Pumpkins (30,581). As
the colors began to fade locally I went south to shoot at Doane’s Falls
in Royalston Massachusetts.
|Pumpkin Festival Race, Keene, NH|
Embrace the Clouds
|Field of Asters, Walpole, NH|
Limit the Sky
|Color and Sky, Walpole, NH|
Embrace the Sky
We had a few classic brilliantly sunny days this year. These are the days that most often come to mind when we think of the “glorious colors” of fall, but they do offer special challenges for photography. The high contrast and reflections tend to mute the colors, but here again a polarizing filter can make a
significant difference. Sunny days are best for broader
autumn landscapes, but on these days I most often think about looking
into the sun. The trans-illuminating light works to ignite the foliage.
The effect is especially striking when the electric yellows and reds
are contrasted against a deep blue sky. Of course we need sunlight to
capture beautiful sunrises and sunsets, but the the most dramatic
results come from a mixture of light and clouds. The warm light of the
golden hours can only be fully appreciated by capturing what it
illuminates, and, when there are no clouds, we often need to step back
and celebrate the glow on the foreground elements.
|Reflected Sunset, Chesterfield, NH|
Well I have to get back to work. I love settling back and scanning my images from the season. Each time I find new perspectives and I can't wait to discover the beauty which is held within those little piles of pixels. Stay tuned.
|Bald Mountain, Camden Maine|