|Dummerston Falls Detail|
|John Overlooking Stickney Brook|
We started with a drive to the great waterfalls in the Wilton/Milford area. Along the way we stopped at Minwawa Brook in Keene. The brook was flowing strongly under the bridge and it was a chance to help the workshop members become more familiar with there equipment. The sun was bright and shining into our cameras, but we were able to find trees to block the glare.
|Steph and Robin at Miniwawa|
Tucker Brook Falls
|Tucker Brook Falls, Graduated ND|
Outside of Wilton we took a short hike in Tucker Brook Town Forest to reach the Tucker Brook Falls. The falls were flowing well, but the primary challenge was to deal with the dappled sunlight. It was a great chance to demonstrate the use of neutral density filters, especially gradient NDs, that allowed us to cut the contrast between the brightly lit falls and the shaded brook. I was excited to see my group enjoy the adventure of searching for fresh angles on the location, including small pools and interesting views downstream.
Robin's Detail at Tucker Brook
Lower Purgatory Falls
|Lower Purgatory Polarizer and 3Stop ND|
After another short hike we reached secluded Lower Purgatory Falls. Again, the falls were bathed with unfortunately bright light, but ND filters allowed us to capture the falls with slow shutter speeds which were sufficient to soften the flow. Despite the beautiful weather and the congested parking, we were surprised to find that the location was relatively free of crowds. After an enjoyable stay in Purgatory, we were ready for lunch, descending upon the Rivermill Tavern in Wilton.
|Maybe Next Year for Garwin|
Faye Measure Mill
|Hana's Frye Measure Mill|
Since we were deprived of a long stay at Garwin Falls, on our way home, we were able to stop by at the magical New England manufacturing village of Harrisville. Harrisville has classic views of the mill water racing under the factory buildings, but the conditions remained challenging. Harrisville is really a “sunrise” location with the setting sun shining into lenses from most of the best locations. Again, we used obstructing trees and ND filters to salvage what we could from the conditions.
Pizza and Pictures
Saturday evening, we gathered at our house for a light dinner and review of many of the day’s images. Despite the terrible “beautiful” conditions, there were many nice shots.
Sunday’s Beautiful “Terrible” Conditions
|Steph's Pond Brook Falls - In the Rain|
|Mike's view of Dummerston Falls|
Dummerston Falls is a surprisingly dramatic waterfall along Route 30 in Dummerston Vermont. It is just a few hundred yards down the road from the turn-off to Stickney Brook and Jelly Mill Falls. Despite the endless times I have visited Stickney Brook, I never before noticed this beautiful drop. I suspect that this is, at least in part, because the waterfall is variable in intensity, being more prominent after storms and during spring run-off. The water was flowing well during our visit and pictures taken from locations just of the road made the waterfall’s impressive 25-foot drop appear as if it was nestled deep within the forest. I almost felt guilty as we captured such great images with such little effort.
Stickney Brook and Jelly Mill Falls
|Rana at Stickney Brook|
Stickney BrookI Hate to Have My PictureTaken!
This year’s waterfall workshop was unique, first because of the skill and enthusiasm of the participants, and second because the weather provided a range of challenges that the group seemed to enjoy confronting. The pictures that I have seen posted on our special web gallery have shown how well these lessons have been embraced.
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