This afternoon I went looking for an old foot cable suspension bridge that several years ago my father and I crossed to access the National Forest area in Somerset VT. It was a friendly piece of history with wooden slats across the length of it that swayed in the wind and challenged your balance. I have been in search of a cable bridge to photograph for many weeks now, and I thought this one would be perfect. I was in the area today and found that the old bridge was gone and had been replaced with this stainless steel span. At first it was very disappointing to see the old bridge was gone, replaced with this cold and modern version, but as I looked at this one I started to see the possibilities for a different kind of image, one that could be thought provoking as well as appealing.
Today's travels brought me to Petersham, Massachusetts, a very small town on the Franklin County/Worcester County border. This pond is starting to feel the effects of the cold, late fall ice is starting to form during a crisp cold day that still has no snow.
Since beginning the iPhone project I have taken pictures all over Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York. It seems like the majority of the photographs have been taken in the rain. I was in Quechee, Vermont today and as usual it was raining, I was able to capture this image of the Gorge from the Route 4 bridge.
While standing in the weeds waiting for the ducks to come back around and do their thing I was distracted by this little guy. He flew in and stayed for awhile, watching what I was doing. I wish I had a shorter lens than the 400 to catch this guy a bit sharper, but the other lenses were in the car and moving around
too much would have scared him off. Cool birds Cardinals!
My second stop of the day, these geese were part of a flock that I would guess numbered a couple of hundred and were set down around this meadow pond. Yesterday when I saw them for the first time, they were all in the pond. You could have walked across that pond on geese and never got a toe wet. Very small pond, lots of geese!
This afternoon while driving on Route 30 around dusk I saw this little water fall that had formed in the rocks. It was cold enough for the mist from the falls to create this flowing ice in tree branches and sticks. Because the space around this fall is so closed in I could not take just one shot to get everything so this is a 5 image stitch taken at the base of the falls.
It is interesting what you can find in your own yard;
this is the remains of a rather large tree that fell on our
barn in the spring a year or so ago, it didn't do much damage other than breaking a railing and knocking a shingle or two out of place. I cut up what remained of the tree and disposed of it and was going
to cut down this 5 or 6 foot remnant as well, but decided not to; it isn't in the way and I wanted to watch what happened with
it over time. What remains of this once tall and thriving tree is slowly fading back into the earth; bugs, birds, wind,
rain, hot and cold are all conspiring to reduce what is
left to mulch.
The textures and light on this fading tree remnant really
ISO 200 f/4 1/1000th of a second 90mm Macro Lens Tripod Mounted
Natural Light with a gold reflector
Nancy just completed this Christmas Star Ornament and she wanted a photograph to post, as it has been an exceptionally nice day, for a change, here in southern Vermont. I took it outside and used our Spruce Tree to hang it on for this image. The only light enhancement was accomplished by a gold reflector under the piece to lighten from below. A little challenging as it rotated in the breeze but I like a challenge, makes it fun!!
The ornament was designed by Nancy's friend Helena Tang Lim.
Returning home from shopping this afternoon, Nancy and I were traveling along Route 30 in Brattleboro VT. The West River was perfectly flat and calm, and this caught my eye, as it is usually flowing along at a good pace. I took 13 photographs with my iPhone and stitched those together to create this approximate 180 degree view of the river and mountains. The sun was in perfect position to create this wonderful reflection.
Today's travels brought me to the little Vermont Town of Bradford. On entering the village from the south there is a small park that borders this water fall, which is created by a small dam. Every time I have passed this place there is a mist hanging in the air. It is one of those places that if you're not looking for it you will miss it and you truly need to stop and look to appreciate it.
ISO 200 f/14 1/60th of a second 90mm Macro Lens Under Studio Lighting Conditions
Nancy needed some photographs take today or her new pieces so I was playing around with this necklace and these shots were the result. Kind of cool, very interesting effect in the center on the lamp-work bead.
Pentax 645 Medium Format Camera 135mm lens ISO 200 f/5.6
Portable Studio Lighting
I took this photograph several years ago with a film camera and converted the image to digital format. I remember my grandfather had a great time watching all the setup he really like the picture and the fact that I took it right in his house they didn't have to travel to get it done.
Today's wonderings brought me to Bethel, Vermont. I was travelling down a very narrow dirt road that twisted along the edge of the river. I stopped in this spot which afforded me a view of the river about 20 feet above the water. Most of my day was overcast and dark, except for this place at this one particular moment, when I was presented with this scene in rich, spectacular colors and fantastic depth.
ISO 200 f/29 1 second exposure 32mm lens Tripod Mounted
In a departure from my iPhone project this evening I went out with my DSLR and photographed the Scott Bridge in Townshend, Vermont again. This time using low ISO very slow shutter speed and high f/stop. I want to achieve the misty water effect around this old bridge.
ISO 800 f/22 1/8 of a second 32mm lens tripod mounted
A little different exposure and a conversion to Sepia
ISO 200 f/13 2.5 second exposure 21mm lens tripod mounted Sepia
The French King Bridge, Erving MA, in the rain. It seems like I've been in the rain more than the sun this fall, there is something very dramatic about photographs taken on a dreary day, if you have never tried it you should the results can be incredible.
Leaves are a great topics for photographs especially during a New England autumn, in a rain storm. The purples, pinks and blues are a result of natural colors morphing in the rain and mist. It's an optical elusion, the wet leaves, bend the light and they take on different colors depending on the angle of the photograph, there are no filters or computer enhancements that create these colors. This is just one reason why rainy day photography fascinates me so much.