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Below Gardner Falls. May 1, 2011

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Along the Deerfield river below the dam at Gardner Falls, the leaves are beginning to unfurl.  The pastel greens of new growth are punctuated by bursts of red maple flowers, creating an effect evocative of Fall colors on Prozac:

Still, if one waits long enough, one might catch a sunset of sorts:

I’m looking forward to the blooming of the blueberries in the cracks, sometime in the next week or two; if the light and weather cooperate, this could generate a “keeper!”

These are both tilt-shift photographs with a good deal of “tilt” to force the foreground focus and still get the views .

Thanks, Elliot!  🙂

And The Fog Rolled In. April 25, 2011

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It rained all day today, not hard, but enough to keep the views at bay and my camera in its case.

Then, approaching home, it lightened up a bit and as I drove along the Deerfield river a thick fog came rolling down the valley.  I’d been waiting for a fog with a venue in mind for a photograph, so I ducked into the East Charlemont boat ramp to turn around, and stumbled onto a pair of geese gliding silently out of view:

I hustled down to Gardner Falls, actually a dam downstream from the village of Shelburne falls; I wanted to set up below the dam, not much above the upstream water level, and see what that looked like in fog.  As the fog bank rounded the bend like the ghost of a great snake, it looked like this:

This was just a “test shot,” but this place has potential; I can see getting there before sunrise to catch sky reflections, or keeping an eye on it when the Autumn colors come in.

At any rate, I’ll certainly be back.

And The Very Same Day… December 2, 2009

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A sunrise, a moonrise, and a few night shots to top it all off.

The dam at Gardner Falls, an hour after sunset, illuminated by the moon and by a nearby shore light::

I did nothing to this other than bring the brightness up a bit.  I’d call that lucky; I’ve worked much harder for less return.

Excuse my 30 second exposure.

Another shot from the same visit, the spillway and its accompanying light:

Again, I  didn’t touch the color here, at least not after releasing the shutter.  I think my automatic white balance may have struggled a bit with this, but I nonetheless like the effect and am happy to take credit for the result.

And finally, before being driven out by lens-wetting mists from the dam, I took a shot downstream toward the full moon:

Without changing any camera settings, the palette was totally different yet similarly compelling.

I’m inclined to come back here regularly, as this was fun.