What Now?

My Best Waterfall Photograph Ever.

This past autumn while out photographing with a private workshop client I may have created an almost insurmountable problem for myself, the problem of making a photograph so good I may never be able to top it.

As many of you know I love to photograph waterfalls, and this photograph of Crystal Cascade in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is, if not the best waterfall photo I’ve ever made, it is most certainly my favorite. No small feat considering how many and how often I photograph waterfalls.

Up Close At Crystal Cascade.

 

So now what?

Should I give up, knowing the likelihood of ever making another waterfall photograph this good isn’t likely to happen?

Hardly.

Do I simply stop photographing waterfalls altogether because I may never make another waterfall photo I like as much?

Um, no!

To me this photograph is pure motivation. Even though I may never top it, you can bet I’ll be working my hardest to do just that. After all, as good as I feel this photograph is I’m pretty sure I can top it, eventually.  🙂

Ironically this photo almost didn’t happen. The above image is of the upper section of the much larger waterfall shown below. Since it was the end of the day and I was getting tired I planned to leave my Fujinon XF50-140mm lens in the car in order to lighten my pack a little bit, instead just bringing my XF10-24mm lens. Had my client, who carried a huge backpack with every lens he owned in it to every location I took him to, not goaded me into taking it I never would have been able to make this shot. 

Crystal Cascade, Autumn

Here you can see the entire waterfall. The large boulder in the top photo can be seen at the very top of the waterfall in this photo. 

 

 

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When You Take Your Camera Everywhere

Recently it’s been brought to my attention by a friend and fellow photographer that my photography has changed a bit.

Not so much in what I photograph, I’m still primarily a landscape photographer, the difference my friend noticed was in what else I’ve been photographing.

Sunlit doorway in at the end of an alley in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

After talking about this a bit, and a quick scroll through my Instagram feed I saw that he was right.

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These new types of images weren’t the result of any conscious decision on my part to make a change in the direction or subject matter I was taking my photography, nevertheless they were there. Scrolling through my Instagram still showed plenty of the landscape images those of you kind enough to subscribe to this blog or follow me on Instagram know me for, now however, interspersed among the sunrises and sunsets, the autumn foliage and snowy mountains, were images with a more urban, architectural, or “street” feel to them.

Thinking about this I soon realized why, as well a when this change started to take place.

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Looking back it has been just over a year since I switched from Canon to Fuji(stay tuned, coming soon a more in-depth article on my first year using Fujifilm), and since acquiring my Fujifilm X-T2 last October I take my camera pretty much everywhere, something I rarely did with the big heavy Canon DSLR.

What having my camera with me more often than not has done has been to open my eyes to possibilities. Be it a sunlit door at the end of an alley, or a young lady enjoying a glass of wine at a local wine bar, I no longer see it, possibly briefly thinking “this would make a good photograph,” and walk on, now I’m actually  able to take that photograph while the thought is still fresh in my head.

As big. heavy, and not so much fun to lug around as my 5D MkIII was, the X-T2 is a joy to carry. It’s small size and weight makes me almost forget it’s slung over my shoulder. No longer do I wish I just left the darn thing home, now I can’t imagine going anywhere without it.

Different or not, I’m thankful for the images I’m able to capture as a result.

 

 

Mountains of Color Fall Foliage Workshop.

Join me for a Weekend of Color in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ~ October 6th – 9th.

 

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This years forecast calls for one of the best fall foliage seasons in a long time, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire are one of the most spectacular places to see and photograph the brilliant colors of Autumn.

Come along for 2 1/2 days during what is historically the peak of the fall color, where I’ll be taking a small number of clients to some of my favorite scenic destinations through the White Mountains Region as we photograph the beauty of autumn in New Hampshire.

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From iconic New England white steepled churches, to grand mountain vistas, I’ll share tips and techniques for capturing the brilliant beauty of autumn.

mountain views, Zealand Valley in Autumn

What to expect.

2 1/2 days of guiding and instruction on photographing the northern New Hampshire landscape during the most colorful time of year.

We’ll start our adventure Friday afternoon as we head out on a short and easy hike to one of the most scenic views in New Hampshire.

Then we’ll get up bright and early Saturday morning to greet the sunrise. Afterwards we’ll go over the mornings images as well as some post processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom and the Nik Collection by Google suit of plugins. (Get the Nik plugins for FREE HERE*

Then, after the mid-day break to rest, recharge, and get a bite to eat, we’ll head back out until sunset.

Beautiful autumn color and a mirror reflection on Wildlife Pond.

 

What to bring.

Camera, – any DSLR, mirrorless, or advanced point and shoot will do – as long as it can be controlled manually or in aperture priority mode. I strongly advise learning how to change the various settings, Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, etc., BEFORE you arrive for the workshop.

Wide angle zoom lens.

Tripod.

Lens filters – if you have them, especially a good quality circular polarizer is highly recommended.

Backpack – a small day pack or camera backpack is fine.

Shoes with good traction – there will be light to moderate hiking on uneven surfaces throughout the weekend.

Headlamp – nothing fancy, but we will be walking in the dark either before sunrise or after sunset.

If you have any further questions about what to bring feel free to use the Contact page to get in touch or leave a comment below.

Your Investment.

Your investment in this weekend of foliage photography is $725 for the full 2 1/2 days.

New For This Workshop, Lodging is included! That’s right, free lodging. I’ve rented a house for the weekend so all participants can be under one roof. This workshop coincides with the Columbus Day holiday weekend, and for any of you who have tried to book a room during this peak foliage viewing weekend the cost of the workshop alone is less than what you may expect to pay for two nights lodging in the North Conway area.

Space Is Limited, so don’t miss out! Contact me to reserve your spot today!

 

*Nik plugins have been an integral part of my post processing workflow, however Google has chosen to no longer support or offer updates to these fantastic image enhancement tools. As such while they still work with the latest version of Lightroom, they are only supported in Photoshop up to CC 2015.