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Spofford, New Hampshire, United States
Jeff Newcomer has 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 weekly blog about photography in New England.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Keene Main Street – One & Done

Keene Central Square

All Are Welcome

In last week’s Blog I discussed the value of exploring a location from many different angles.  As I have become familiar with the  broad spectrum of photographic techniques my approach has evolved, often with multiple images to optimize focus and exposure, and, often,  at the expense of the time required to look for other opportunities.


One an Done Experiment

May Sale

As an experiment I took a stroll down Keene’s classic Main Street and as a simple exercise, I forced myself to explore new angles, and to capture only one shot per composition.  No tripod, no multi-image focus stakes or multi-exposure HDR.   


I arranged the composition, adjusted focus point, f stop and shutter for optimal sharpness and then clicked. I allowed myself a second shot only if I guessed wrong on the exposure.  It was wonderfully liberating and great fun.  In just about 20 minutes I came home with just 71 shots on my memory card,  resulting in  17 unique images.  They are not all “hero” shots, but overall, I learned a lot From my quick photo walk.  

A Shorter Blog

I usually don’t feel that I must apologize for a short blog.  They appear to be a rare and welcomed relief from my standard volumes. For this week’s article, I would have normally rambled on about the value refreshing your photographic vision and the limitations of spending too much time on the technical aspects of just a few  image.  I covered much of this last week and this week I am more than just a little limited.  


The Hip Has It

Canon Ball Square

Last Monday I underwent a total hip replacement at Concord Hospital.  I had been limited by pain and stiffness in my left hip for a few years.  I could deal with the pain, but the hip was keeping me from doing what I wanted to do, especially when it came to getting out to photograph in more difficult or remote locations.  The time had come.

Dr. Fox did an admirable job and I was home the day after the surgery, but I have a lot of difficult work to do.  I hope that by the autumn I will be more mobile.  This week has been tough and I have had little time or energy to blog.  I suspect that will be true for several weeks and I certainly will not have any new shoots to recount.

Gazebo Time


Now Hiring : Naked Woman (#3)

 Here then without prolonged comment are the images from my Main Street photo shoot.  They are largely self-explanatory.  I am happy that I finally have an actual “naked woman”, sort of, partially, to allow me to boost my traffic by mentioning the phase “naked woman” , three times!

Main Street Stroll

Enjoy Keene New Hampshire’s Main Street and excuse me if the next few blogs are excessively brief or late.  Hopefully I will be able to get out before the summer is gone.

Jeffrey Newcomer



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  2. Hey Jeff,

    I recently had two hip replacements, and an abductor muscle repair with the second one. I feel you pain my friend! Keep the faith, and know each day is better than the last.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement Bruce. I am feeling much improved.

  3. Natural photos are looks more gorgeous . Well photo shoot .

  4. I always admire your post. Thanks for your lovely sharing again. Thanks