I spent last Friday evening and Saturday morning/early afternoon making photos of people at the Antrim 2020 community planning event.
People are not my usual subjects – my father once commented that I was the only one he knows that goes on a six week vacation and comes back with nary a single photo of a person – and I won’t bore you with photos of people you don’t know.
On Saturday morning, after the rain had stopped, I slipped outside for a short break from ‘event photography’; this diptych is the result:
This year’s foliage season has been quite spectacular.
Last Thursday, we headed to camp to take the sailboat out of the water. While Joan scrubbed the summer’s accumulation off the bottom of the hull, I headed out in the kayak to photograph the lake shore. The first three photos are the result.
On Saturday, I headed out for a short drive. On the outbound leg, I headed up towards Hillsborough Center and then on to East Washington. I headed back towards home via Washington and Route 31. The Pierce Homestead is near the junction of Routes 31 and 9 in Hillsborough.
On Saturday, I photographed down by the bridge on Gregg Lake three times. The skies were cloudless, bright blue when I passed by in the morning. In the early afternoon there were scattered clouds and by late afternoon the skies were mostly cloudy. The early afternoon skies made for the most interesting photos; the last thee above and the four below.
Yesterday afternoon, I took a walk up the “wild” section of Brimstone Corner to work on the 2016 edition of my Autumnal Abstract series.
This is my third year of making Autumnal Abstracts; here are the 2014 and 2015 versions.
All of these photo are made using a slow shutter speed* and deliberate movement of the camera. A moderate telephoto lens (a zoom set to 80 mm this year) was used. The maxim “less is more” seems to hold here. Thus, the narrow field of view of a telephoto seems to work better than a wider lens.
The resulting exposures are unpredictable and irreproducible; this is what makes it fun!
Processing in the computer is limited to the usual adjustments (black and white point setting, contrast adjustment and cropping). The “abstractness” comes from the camera not the computer.
This year I seem to favor the very abstract with swaths of bold color.
However, there were a few less abstract frames that caught my eye as well.
* Typically the shutter speed is in the range of one to four seconds. A neutral density filter is used to achieve these shutter speeds.
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The autumn foliage is about peak here in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.
Friday dawned crisp and clear. I spent a bit of time making some folilage photographs on my way back from running errands in Peterborough.
Saturday dawned cloudy and a bit warmer. Joan and I spent the morning and early afternoon doing the Wool Arts Tour. In the late afternoon, while Joan visited the Monadnock Quilters Guild show, I spent an hour taking a walk at the Edward McDowell Lake in Peterborough. The rain held off until I was almost back to the car,
One local Columbus Day weekend tradition is the Wool Arts Tour; this is their 33rd year.
Yesterday, Joan and I spent a few hours visiting the various sites. I found much to keep me interested interested while Joan explored and talked wool.
Yesterday, I hung an exhibit of twenty four landscape and wildlife photographs at the Barrington public library. Thanks to Traci Bisson (whom I met at the NH Coverts training last spring) and Amy Inglis (the library director) for this opportunity to display some of my photographs.
Barrington, NH is located between Concord and Dover and the library is just off Route 9. Please stop in if you happen to be in the area during their open hours.
Yesterday, I finally made it up to the Pack Monadnock Hawk Watch… on day 22. And what a day it was, perfect weather and lots of hawks.
I arrived just before noon, the the show started shortly there after and continued until around three. I left about 4:30.
The total was about 2,800 birds, about 2,700 of which were broad-wings. Katrina’s official report can be found here.
The 10,000 birds for the season mark was reached and the traditional group photo around the tally board was made (with Katrina’s camera, but I am sure that it will appear at some point.)
While the bird watching was great, the conditions for photography were not ideal. The raptors were kettling pretty far away; only a few appeared close to the summit. The resident turkey vultures made fairly close approaches at times and I was able to make a few mediocre photos.
Today was a glorious day weather-wise. The temperature was in the high 70s F, the humidity was low and the skies mostly clear.
While we ate lunch on the deck, we were entertained by the birds at the feeder and by a couple of male autumn meadowhawks perching on the dead flowers nearby. After watching the odes for some time, I finally gave in and got the camera.
Later in the afternoon, Joan headed out for a kayak ride. She called from the beach parking lot to say that there were “brown headed ducks” down by the bridge but that she did not have her binoculars with her so that she did not get a good look at them. I stashed Big Bertha in the passenger seat, threw the tripod in the bed of the truck and headed down the road the mile to the bridge.
Those “brown-headed”ducks turned out to be a family of mallards. I watched and photographed them for about an hour.
Yesterday (Sunday, 18 Sep) I had engagements in Brattleboro mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I filled the interval between engagements by taking a short drive to photograph.
Heading north from Brattleboro on Route 5, I stopped in Bellows Falls for lunch.
After lunch, I headed west on Route 121 towards Grafton. In Grafton I turned south towards Townshend; there Route 30 took me back to Brattleboro via Newfane and Dummerstown.
The ride was scenic and covered territory that was mostly new to me. I stopped three or four times to make photographs.
This past Saturday was the 2016 edition of Antrim’s Home and Harvest festival.
Among the events that are part of this annual event is freestyle skateboarding at the skate park that is part of the town’s Memorial Park. I have had fun photographing the skaters in years past (here is last years post) and thus made it a priority for this year.
At one point, I spent too long knelling on the ground and was not sure that my knee was going to let me stand up again… very embarrassing when all of these young athletic guys are flying through the air and mostly landing on their feet!