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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, February 4, 2018

2017 Retrospective 2

Portland Head and ram Island Lighhouses

Christmas Day 2017, Grayson, Abby and Susan
Visiting the photographic highlights of 2017 is lovely way to get through the cold dark months of winter.  It is also a ready source of blog material as I’m preoccupied with my current Introduction to Lightroom course and trying to prepare for this spring’s Introduction to digital Photography course, and the Spring Waterfall Workshop (tentatively scheduled for May 18-20).  With that necessary apology, here are five more adventures from 2017, a year made possible in no small part by my fully-function artificial left hip.

Porcupine Falls

Porcupine Falls
I thought I had the region thoroughly covered, and so it was exciting, and a little annoying, when, this year, I discovered a new waterfall to explore.

Porcupine Falls is part of the 355 acre John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest in Gilsum New Hampshire.  The forest is now managed by the Monadnock Conservancy and is a peaceful woodland with a well maintained trail leading to the interesting chutes and cascades of Porcupine Falls.  

The site includes a sturdy wood bridge which spans White Brook just below the falls and above a lovely pool.  

Porcupine Falls is a beautiful and easily accessible addition to my growing list of my regions waterfalls.

Conservation Photography

California Brook Clean-Up
The Monadnock Conservancy is a strong local advocate for conservation.  As a land trust, the Conservancy “works with communities and landowners to conserve the natural resources, wild and working lands, rural character and scenic beauty of the Monadnock region”.  This year the conservancy staff and board ask me to give a presentation about conservation photography.  Sitting around my dining room table, we discussed how photography can help celebrate the special natural beauty of
Friedsam Town Forest 
our region and to illustrate the important the work that is done by the conservancy and other conservation organizations to protect these priceless resources for generations to come.  We also covered a broad range of their general questions about photographic techniques and best practices for the recording, storing, archiving, transmitting and printing of digital images.  This coming year I plan to dedicate my 2019 New England Reflections Calendar to support the work of the Monadnock Conservancy.


Prime Roast, Keene NH
“Show the Work” has always been my moto and goal to promote my photography, especially throughout my home region.  Again in 2017, I have taken every opportunity to display my photography in a range of venues, from galleries and windows along the street, to restaurant, cafes and the walls of local businesses.  Where-ever there is an open wall, my pictures have been visible.

Bellows Walpole Inn

Art in the Park
Showing the Work and then Some
Savings Bank of Walpole

In addition to periodic shows my work continues to be visible as permanent instillations in various businesses around town.  My favorite remains the SavingsBank of Walpole which has chosen to use my images to highlight their focus on the local community

Six Lighthouses of Portland

Portland Head Lighthouse
Portland Maine is famous for the magnificent Portland Head Lighthouse.  Built in upon the orders of President George Washington, it was completed in 1791 and is widely considered to be the most beautiful lighthouse on the Maine coast.    For me, Portland Head light is a must visit anytime I get to the area, but it is not the only lighthouse guarding Portland’s rocky coast.

Spring Point Ledge Light

There are five other lighthouses ranging from the isolated and abandoned Rear Range Tower of the Twin Lights, to little Bog Light at the head of the channel to Portland Harbor.

Bug Light

On a trip to the Maine coast this summer, I decided to spend an afternoon cruising the seven miles of coastline, south to north, visiting each of the six lighthouses.  Some like the Twin Lights are not easily approachable, but five of the six are still operational. It was a great exploration and all the details, including the and GPS locations are detailed in my New Hampshire Photography Guild article, and my Getting it Right in the Digital Camera supplemental blog.

Ram Island Light

Holiday Lights

Radio City Bulbs
The End of the year always provide the opportunity to rediscover the magical beauty of holiday lights.  This year I was called on to refocus my attention on the opportunities and challenges of night photography when I was asked to discuss these topics for the South Shore Camera Club in Quincy Massachusetts.  Given the time of year the group was particularly interested in the technical aspects of capturing holiday lighting.  It was a great excuse to get out and shoot, especially in late November, when I was visiting my son Jeremy in New York City, and had the chance to photograph the amazing illuminations.  

Central Square Keene
Closer to home, this year’s Christmas tree in Keene’s Central Square was one of the fullest in many years.  The tree was missing its peak, but otherwise I was able to capture a perfect “Winter Wonderland” image of the square.

I’m having such a great time reviewing my 2017 highlights I will continue this self-indulgent exercise for at least one week longer.  There are more adventures to review and, of course, I haven’t even mentioned our amazing family trip to Italy!

Jeff Newcomer, NEPG

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