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Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
Jeff Newcomer had been a physician practicing in New Hampshire and Vermont for over 30 years. Over that time, as a member of the Conservation Commission in his home of Chesterfield New Hampshire, he has used his photography to promote the protection and appreciation of the town's wild lands. In recent years he has been transitioning his focus from medicine to photography, writing and teaching. Jeff enjoys photographing throughout New England, but has concentrated on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont and has had a long term artistic relationship with Mount Monadnock. He is a featured artist in a number of local galleries and his work is often seen in regional print, web publications and in business installations throughout the country. For years Jeff has published a calendar celebrating the beauty of The New England country-side in all seasons. All of the proceeds from his New England Reflections Calendar have gone to support the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the Cheshire Medical Center. Jeff has a strong commitment to sharing his excitement about the special beauty of our region and publishes a blog about photography in New England.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Photography Close, Really Close, to Home

Frog Hunting in Spofford Lake
Walks with Nellie (a Photo Album)
This week I have published another article on the New England

Spofford Lake Sunset
Photography Guild web site. I’m pleased to be a member of this great group of dedicated and talented New England Photographers. The guild celebrates the unique qualities of photography in our special corner of the world. Our popular Facebook page has become a showcase for the best New England photography from guild members as well as from nonmembers. Personally, displaying my work next to so many amazing images is a constant inspiration to improve my own hotography. The guild members are strongly committed to education and are always generous with advice and support. A big part of our focus on education has been the regular contributions from members to the NEPG Blog. As members we are all required to post articles on a rotating basis. With so many contributors, the NEPG Blog is a rich and varied resource, with article ranging from technical discussions of photographic technique to more philosophical musings about the nature of photography. The blog is truly “like a box of chocolates”. 

Pine Grove Springs Country Club
Partridge Brook

Local Blooms
It Takes a Village

Winter Cover, Spofford
This week, my confection is about photography within the range of my daily walks with our dog Nellie. My wife has recently been incapacitated following bilateral knee replacement surgery and my photo shoots have been largely limited to strolls around the neighborhood. I live in Spofford, a lovely little village in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. My walking routes have become very familiar, but recently I reviewed the images that I have captured over the years within this easy walking distance of my house.
Partridgee Brook and My Backyard
The range of images was surprising. Spofford has several special attractions, but I'm sure that this is true for most New England communities. The keys to shooting close to home include; being on the lookout for interesting perspectives, being aware of how our ever-changing New England weather and seasons can refresh even the most familiar scenes, and most importantly, remembering to bring a camera along for the walks. It is amazing how having a camera I your pocket can excite your eyes to see the photographic opportunities all around you. Without your camera the eyes primarily become threat avoidance tools. Don't trip on that curb! 

Partridge Brook, Seasons Change

Spofford Autumn
My New England Photography Blog this week is a superficially claustrophobic, but surprisingly varied,  travelogue of the attractions of my small village. My goal is to encourage you to get out and engage in a deeper exploration of your own immediate environment. What is special about your community will, very likely, be different from my own, but that's what makes it exciting. Sue is getting around much better now and my photographic leash is significantly longer, but Nellie will still require walking and I will continue to bring my camera along for the ride. 


Storm Building
Lake at Peace

So check out my article about my walks with Nellie and then go find your own treasures. And don't forget to bring the camera. 

just found this view this week.

As always the number of images I can show on the NEPG Blog is strictly limited. My pictures are my children and picking 3-4 favorites is impossible. Included here are a few more images which, I hope will flesh out the character of my little corner of New England.

Backyard Autumn

"Spofford the Moose"
Jeff Newcomer


  1. What a nice article Jeff. I have eagles that have built a nest just 2 blocks from my apt. I have been lucky enough to watch them mate, and then build/add to the nest on a daily basis.

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  2. Your photographs are really wonderful. I am very much interested about photography. Thank you very much for sharing them!

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