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1 Feb
2011
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Johns Brook, Adirondack Mountains

Here’s an image that is featured in my new eBook Five Landscape Challenges 2, in the Autumn Reflections tutorial. I made this photograph along Johns Brook in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York at the height of fall color. As discussed in the book, autumn reflections work best when the reflected fall foliage is sunlit, while the body of water that is doing the reflecting is in shade. For this image [...]

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2 Nov
2010
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Posted in: Adirondacks, Autumn, Waterfalls   6 Comments

Rainbow Falls, Adirondack State Park, New York

Rainbow Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, a private tract of land owned by the Ausable Club. The state of New York has a permanent easement so that hikers may access the Reserve and its many scenic wonders. Dozens of streams and waterfalls flow into this scenic valley, making it an excellent photo or hiking destination. I’ve photographed Rainbow Falls several times, but have never [...]

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26 Oct
2010
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Wilmington Flume at night, Adirondack State Park

I enjoy doing night photography whenever I can. I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again: the dark of night is the closest thing to a blank canvas that we as photographers ever get. By light painting with artificial light, we can reveal only those parts of the scene that we wish, leaving distracting and unimportant elements dark. Night photography is a great way to present nature subjects in a [...]

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21 Oct
2010
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Wilmington Flume sunset, Adirondack State Park

This image was taken on the first evening of my Adirondack workshop. I took a group of my students up to a small ledge overlooking the Wilmington Flume of the Ausable River. Clouds in the sky began to fire with the last light of the day. I stacked a six-stop neutral density filter and a two-stop reverse graduated neutral density filter to increase my exposure time to several minutes in [...]

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20 Oct
2010
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Ausable River reflections, Adirondack State Park

Every year I return to the Adirondacks for fall color, I end up at one of my favorite photography locations: the Ausable River just northeast of Lake Placid. In the early morning and late afternoon, trees along the river catch light, making it great for reflection shots. Every year, water levels are different, providing me with new possibilities each time I return.  The key to photographing reflections in streams is to find an [...]

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18 Oct
2010
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Chapel Pond autumn reflections, Adirondack State Park

I finally had a chance to process a few images before hitting the road again for some photography down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here’s an image that was taken on the last day of my Adirondacks workshop. My students and I were treated with calm conditions (it had been windy all week) and peak fall color at Chapel Pond. After sunrise, some light clouds drifted in, diffusing [...]

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7 Oct
2010
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Fall photo tip #4: Overcast light for autumn waterfalls

Although sunny weather can really make autumn colors pop, don’t pack up your gear when cloudy skies and rain come your way. Overcast light is great for fall scenes too, especially after a soaking rain. When foliage is dripping with moisture, colors can be intense!  But here’s the key to making it work: use a polarizer filter. A polarizer is designed to remove glare and reflections from shiny surfaces. Rocks, foliage, [...]

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4 Oct
2010
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Places that haunt you

I find myself returning to some places over and over again. These places get stuck in my mind, like a catchy jingle that I can’t stop humming. They inhabit my dreams, and haunt my waking memories. One such place is Lake Colden in the Adirondack Mountains. Nestled deep within the High Peaks Wilderness, it has stunning views of Avalanche Pass, a gnarly cleft in the mountains almost two thousand feet deep. I’ve been there dozens of [...]

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3 Oct
2010
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Fall Photo Tip #3: Look for autumn intimates

Autumn doesn’t last long, but a lot happens in a short period of time. Leaves turn brilliant colors and then fall from the trees, berries ripen, ferns begin to collapse, and morning dew clings to everything as the heat of summer wanes. This is the time to look for intimate details that tell a story about the timeless rhythm of the changing of the seasons.  The image above, taken in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate [...]

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2 Oct
2010
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Fall Photo Tip #2: Zoom in on autumn details

Telephoto zoom lenses are perfect for many autumn scenes. They allow you to zoom in on important details, and to take advantage of telephoto “compression,” which is an optical illusion that appears to flatten perspective in a distant scene. I use telephoto zooms when trying to isolate a particularly colorful section of autumn forest, or when photographing a distant hillside alive with color. The image above was taken in the Adirondack Mountains [...]

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30 Sep
2010
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Fall Photo Tip #1: Reflections

Last week I posted an entry on the Outdoor Photographer blog listing Top 5 Tips for Autumn Photography. I thought I’d spend some time here on my personal photoblog exploring more fully some of these tips. Let’s start with my favorite: autumn reflections. Sunny weather is the key to successful reflection photos. Angle of sunlight is critical as well: the foliage that is reflected must be lit by the sun, whereas the water [...]

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15 Sep
2010
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Fall is right around the corner!

A strange thing is happening near my home in northern Virginia. Fall is coming, several weeks early! We’ve had a bit of a drought this summer, which I suspect is stressing the trees, but whatever the reason, I’ve noticed about a 5-10% leaf change already, more than a month early. I doubt that the bulk of the forest will start to turn until late October, but nonetheless, the few early [...]

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