Searching for Autumn Color - Page 2

As a follow-up to my little excursion last Wednesday, which I commented on in the prior blog post, I decided that I would take last Friday (a week ago today) and explore a bit of southern New Hampshire. My goal was to drive "the long way" to Jaffrey, New Hampshire and the Mt.  Monadnock area.

For the first time in five or six years I brought along (and used) a polarizing filter. I was expecting a bright  blue sky and puffy clouds, and thought the polarizer would give me some really nice results. 

Even though I am happy with how the sky and clouds turned out in the images, I'm not completely convinced that a polarizer is worth the hassle.  That's because with software like Photoshop and Lightroom, it is fairly easy to approximate a polarized look by adjusting saturation and luminescence sliders. The results are not quite as nice as what a polarizer can do, but it takes no fumbling with additional equipment in the field. And some would even argue that adding a filter on top of a lens downgrades image quality by adding more glass layers through which light must travel. I can certainly say that it creates two more glass surfaces that must be kept clean!

A hassle (for me) is that the sun must come from a specific angle for the polarizer to have full impact. In addition, for each shot, I need to remove the lens hood to be able to rotate the polarizer to its proper placement for that specific composition.  Following that, the hood must be replaced, while at the same time hoping that the action of twisting the hood onto the lens does not also rotate the polarizer.

All that being said, I do plan to experiment more with polarizers. Not only when the sky is blue, but also for close-ups of flowers and foliage, where in many situations the polarizer can reduce glare and make colors richer.

A few from my fall excursion to Jaffrey:

In the center and in the distance is Mt. Monadnock.
The perspective of the 24mm-e lens used here makes it look
smaller and further away than it actually is.


Searching for autumn color - page 1

For years I have been trying to get into the mountains of northern New England at peak foliage time. But something always seems to come up.  I have no complaint this year, but a late September vacation in Maine (a couple of weeks before the peak) meant instead catching up with things at home and work when we returned.

It seems I missed it again.

I was talking with friends living in Franconia, NH and Bethel, Maine last week. They told me that things were actually past peak.  So, I decided that on Wednesday I would take the afternoon off and drive into an area of red on the map below. It was time to get some foliage shots.

I have just a few decent pictures to show for this, but I thought that before I did, I'd mention a very helpful tool for tracking the foliage throughout the USA.  It's a Web site run by Yankee Magazine called www.yankeefoliage.com.  There's an app, too!  It's call Leaf Peepr, and it's available for Android and Apple devices. The following link will take you to the Yankee Web site where you can access the Apple Store and Google Play:


Here's a screenshot of what the app reported to me on my iPad:

Images from Wednesday

Stuck against a background of yellow maple leaves was the
lone red one.  I shot looking up from under the tree, which
accounts for the backlighting.

The Squannacock River, Townsend, MA


Two Weeks in Nova Scotia: Page 16: Digby to Home

This would be our last day of vacation.  After boarding the ferry at 8 a.m., we arrived in St. John, New Brunswick three hours later, and then hussled through New Brunswick and Maine, and were home by dinner.

The ferry left Digby at 8a.m. and had us in Saint John by 11 a.m.
From there it was a long drive home.

Favorite Takes

1) Digby fishing fleet in the morning

2) The Digby to St. John Ferry

The "Princess of Acadia"

3) Blueberry fields in Maine

I couldn't resist posting this picture.
An outhouse being set out to pasture, so to speak.


Two Weeks in Nova Scotia: Page 15: Wolfville to Digby

This day would be our final full day on Nova Scotia.

Today's destination is the green pin, Digby.

Favorite Takes

1) First to breakfast at the Tattingstone Inn

2) Hull's Cove: our low tide visit

The is the low tide shot that should be compared with
the high tide shot in the prior post.  Wow!

3) Digby Scallop Fleet

I counted 51 scallop boats along the Digby wharfs.  Apparently the Digby fleet is the largest inshore scallop fleet in the world.


Two Weeks in Nova Scotia: Page 14: Truro to Wolfville

On the northern shore, in an area called the Annapolis Valley, things turned a bit more lush and agricultural, and we are able to see wide views of the Bay of Fundy.  See a helpful map here on Wikipedia.

The Bay of Fundy is known for having the world's highest tidal range.  At one spot, the range between the average high tide and the average low tide is 45 feet.

Today's destination is the green pin, Wolfville.

Favorite Takes

1) Bay of Fundy near low tide

 Where you see red, you are seeing the red mud bottom of the bay.

2) Farming

3) Hull's Cove: our high tide visit

 This is not all that interesting.  But wait until the next post when I took the same
shot at low tide!

Again, I have this same picture at low tide.  See the next post.

 Lobster Roll and Caesar side salad.

Lobster Mac and Cheese.

4) Tattingstone Inn

We had this cute little two-story guest house.