Travel is wonderful for expanding my photographic vision, but often my best photographic subjects are the ones I can get to when the light is perfect. Every photographer should have there own file of treasured local Icons.
A few weeks ago Susan and I returned from a late dinner in Keene.
|Galaxy at Home|
Town Hall Galaxy
|Town Hall Spire, Chesterfield|
It is great to get away from home to photograph the many spectacularly beautiful features of the New England landscape, but live in Chesterfield New Hampshire and that is where I spend most of my time. When the light turns magical around sunset, or a brilliant rainbow suddenly appears, the chances are good that I will be at home and the chances are even better that the light will fade before I can get to the White Mountains or the Seacoast. What I need are easy to reach local points of interest and beauty that I can get to quickly before the moment is lost. Over the years, and without even realizing it, I have acquired a grab bag of nearby locations that I can use when time is short.
|Central Square, Keene, NH|
10-15 minutes of home and each is a classic representation of some
aspects of traditional New England. I have come to know when each site is best seen, which way it faces, in which directions are the best backgrounds and when it is least likely to be crowded. The light on the pastures of Roads End Farm are usually best in the morning with the sun quickly falling behind the hills in the evening. Keene's Central Square is great anytime, but I think it is best early in the morning, both because of the light and because the car and human traffic is less of a problem.
|Morning Mist, Roads End Farm|
Chesterfield Town Hall
Built in 1851, The Chesterfield Town Hall is such a classic old
|Peyton Place Series Icon|
|Town Hall Rainbow|
Route 63 Ridge
The Town Hall is located on route 63, which in this area runs along
|The Blue Hour|
|Layers of Vermont Mountains|
|Nellie, Frog Hunting, Spofford Lake|
When All Else Fails There Is Always Nellie
What can I say. Regardless of the season, the light or the background, Nell is always the perfect subject.
Enough of my local icons. The point here is for you to identify your own local attractions. You probably already know what they are . The idea is to place them in your own mental icon folder ready to be accessed the next time the light suddenly becomes magical. You will know which location will work best with the conditions. You'll grab your bag and get there in time to catch that fleeting opportunity.