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JimS
10-13-2008, 03:16 PM
I got a late start up to the mountains this weekend, leaving my place in SoNH around 3AM Sunday. I drove straight up to Foss Mountain, a small summit that I visited this summer with some Obs folks.

I met a photographer there (Debbe Hill) and together we trekked up to the peak by 6AM.

This hill is known for its blueberries, and the scrubby top was covered in a carpet of red...which showed up well in my first shot of the morning.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2938520278_e760738a88_o.jpg

We hung out up there for about an hour, getting a few more shots before heading down to Crystal Lake:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2939042220_d31696757b_o.jpg



I don't normally shoot iconic New England images, but Crystal Lake is stunning, and I've always wanted to try my best there. We waited about an hour for the fog to lift a bit, and in the mean time, John Mitchell from the Obs showed up.

Here's two shots from there:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2939042344_1fa6b12450_o.jpg

and

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3066/2939042420_e7a5c3fe98_o.jpg



John invited me back for some breakfast, afterwhich we drove around Western Maine looking for some spots. We got some photos, none I've processed yet.

I then took a nap!



I awoke several hours later with a craving for Kringles Subs. Getting there was a scene like I've never seen in Conway. Wow were there alot of leaf peepers.

For the evening shot, I climbed up Black Cap, and waited for sunset. Dull grey clouds made for boring shots UNTIL about 10 minutes after the sun dipped behind the Moats, when the sky briefly glowed pink. The foliage below took on the hue, and a neat formation radiated overhead. A bit of the display light up the sky over Washington...which I got here:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/2939224854_61d68ea9c9_o.jpg




A fine night at MikeD's house, an early bedtime, and a drive over Bear Notch and the Kank produced little in the morning.

On the way home though, I did get one more shot at Chocorua Lake (or Chaukaroo as I heard it called today!?!?)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3067/2939042262_39b7146e30_o.jpg

Good folks, good light, good weather...can't ask for much more out of Columbus Day weekend!

Enjoy!

Jimmy Legs and Little d
10-13-2008, 03:59 PM
Jim,
You outdid yourself from your last post. Magnificant. We hope there is some great foilage when we arrive in the White Mountains this weekend.
little d

Brad
10-13-2008, 04:43 PM
My favorite is the church in the fog.

KathyC
10-13-2008, 05:46 PM
Wow, those are beautiful. All of your photos are too...

mtruman
10-13-2008, 05:57 PM
Another amazing set of shots Jim. Hard to imagine such diverse beauty in a single day! Hard to pick my favorite. I love the first one but the shots of Silver Lake in the fog are awesome. You sure know how to make the most of a day. Thanks for sharing.

dixiemax
10-13-2008, 07:24 PM
amazing pix....just breathtaking!

TrishandAlex
10-13-2008, 08:16 PM
Oh my God, Jim, what can I say. My jaw is still on the floor.

forestgnome
10-13-2008, 08:36 PM
WOW!!! Jim, these are incredible! I would now recognize the two from Foss Mtn. and the one from Black Cap as your work without knowing. The sunset from Black Cap is just stunning. Great work and congradulations! :D


Would you mind sharing your photo details, such as white balance and filters? Thanks for posting the images.


happy autumn :)

h2oeco
10-13-2008, 08:47 PM
Great pictures Jim - especially the first one - Ed

JimS
10-13-2008, 08:49 PM
Would you mind sharing your photo details, such as white balance and filters? Thanks for posting the images.


happy autumn :)

Thanks all for the comments. I'm really happy with the light that happened this weekend, and how these turned out.

forestgnome...I'll happily post specs tomorrow afternoon...

CHRIS
10-14-2008, 07:13 AM
Every time I see some of your work you just amaze me. Absolutly awesome pictures. Keep them coming. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us.

Orgnoi1
10-14-2008, 09:44 AM
Jim these are some spectacular images... I especially love the church shot and the picnic table shot... but every other one is great as well!!

JimS
10-14-2008, 06:30 PM
Alright...finally have a second to post photo details...

Here goes...
The picnic table, chocorua lake and little white church shots are all with my standard equiptment (20D w/Sigma 18-200mm) plus a circular polarizer. This filter I find indespensible...it almost always lives on my lens.

The other 3 shots, my broader landscapes take this set up, and add my Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters to the polarizer. I shoot HiTech filters that fit in a Cokin Holder. If you get these filters, know that they scratch easily, so make sure you get a microfiber holder case for them.

The shots all involved a stacking of filters. I believe most of them were shot with a 2 stop hard edge filter. The all also have a soft edge filter as well, either two or three stops.

The shots are 8 seconds long at the shortest and range up to 15 seconds. I do this because the longer the shot, the more saturation in the colors is captured on the sensor. Plus, the images come out cleaner at ISO100, which requires longer exposures.

This is only made possible by the fact that there was NO wind on the summit. Any wind means I bump the ISO, decrease the aperature to F8-F11 and hope it's still enough...

Happy to answer any follow ups!

Jim

PatriciaS
10-14-2008, 06:47 PM
Beautiful!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!

PS

Brad
10-15-2008, 07:37 AM
Is someone going to try to get the full moon rising over Mt Washington tonight?

spyboy
10-15-2008, 02:33 PM
Shot at a local farmstand heading from Meredith towards Weirs Beach.

I drove by this the other day and kept telling myself I need to go back and shoot it.

http://www.spyboy.com/farmstand_small.jpg

spyboy
10-15-2008, 02:40 PM
Here's the Sugar Bear Shack on Route 104 across from Lake Wickwas

http://www.spyboy.com/sugarshack.jpg

spyboy
10-15-2008, 02:58 PM
Another of the Sugarshack

http://www.spyboy.com/sugarshack2_small.jpg

spyboy
10-15-2008, 02:59 PM
And 2 more from the farm stand, they have an old house next door where they bake cookies and all sorts of goodness.

http://www.spyboy.com/pumpkins2.jpg

http://www.spyboy.com/pumpkins1.jpg

CHRIS
10-15-2008, 03:36 PM
You should have gotten some pie from that farm stand . We used to camp down the street from there and thier apple and blue berry pies are great. Your picture are great to.

spyboy
10-15-2008, 03:46 PM
It's less than 10 minutes from my house, so I can go back :)

Kirk


You should have gotten some pie from that farm stand . We used to camp down the street from there and thier apple and blue berry pies are great. Your picture are great to.

Brad
10-15-2008, 04:46 PM
I like the first picture of the sugar shack best.

Orgnoi1
10-15-2008, 08:52 PM
Is someone going to try to get the full moon rising over Mt Washington tonight?

Not over Mt Washington... but its still a moon shot...

Uncropped... Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 500L, Canon 1.4x TC, Canon 2x TC (Exif shows 1000mm but in actuality its 1400mm)

http://www.northeastfoto.com/gallery/files/4/3/2008_10_15-R01.jpg

h2oeco
10-15-2008, 09:08 PM
A photo question for Jim and others...

I just walked up to the beach near my house, and saw bioluminescence/phosphorescence in the foaming tops of the breaking waves...

Any idea how one might get a picture of this? All thoughts/ideas are appreciated...

Brad
10-15-2008, 09:29 PM
Not over Mt Washington... but its still a moon shot...

Uncropped... Canon 1D Mark II, Canon 500L, Canon 1.4x TC, Canon 2x TC (Exif shows 1000mm but in actuality its 1400mm)

Can you paste the full EXIF information here for us? That is a very good shot - taken on a very solid tripod. Getting a good shot of the moon is hard.

JimS
10-15-2008, 09:49 PM
A photo question for Jim and others...

I just walked up to the beach near my house, and saw bioluminescence/phosphorescence in the foaming tops of the breaking waves...

Any idea how one might get a picture of this? All thoughts/ideas are appreciated...

Overexpose...that's the best I can tell you...

Sounds neat...good luck!

h2oeco
10-15-2008, 11:03 PM
Here is a rough video of the bioluminescence/phosporescence in the waves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoaaEps7m7Q

Taken with the video feature of a still camera - looks a lot better in person - you will have to look closely to see it...

KathyC
10-16-2008, 04:06 AM
Spyboy, those are really great shots. I can't wait to get there today!!

Orgnoi1
10-16-2008, 05:56 AM
Can you paste the full EXIF information here for us? That is a very good shot - taken on a very solid tripod. Getting a good shot of the moon is hard.


Sure can... actually it was taken against a only fairly sturdy horse fence... I dont have a tripod I would trust with my 500L to keep it sturdy so I usually use a monopod...

ISO50, 1/125", f/9 for the exif...

I use ISO50 on my 1D because once you stack the two TCs it gets a bit grainy... so any little bit helps... I also had to use USM MUCH more than I normally would like to...

Patrad Fischroy
10-16-2008, 08:22 AM
A photo question for Jim and others...

I just walked up to the beach near my house, and saw bioluminescence/phosphorescence in the foaming tops of the breaking waves...

Any idea how one might get a picture of this? All thoughts/ideas are appreciated...

Given enough money....
The new Canon 5D mkII is spec'ed as having an ISO range from 50-25,600

One would think that at that speed, you could capture some of that.

I have no idea if the noise level allows what you want, but it would be fun to try.

h2oeco
10-16-2008, 04:10 PM
If someone wants to donate a Canon 5D, I'd be happy to try it... :-)

Thanks.

Brad
10-16-2008, 04:26 PM
If someone wants to donate a Canon 5D, I'd be happy to try it... :-)

Thanks.
you are such a good friend.


Sure can... actually it was taken against a only fairly sturdy horse fence... I dont have a tripod I would trust with my 500L to keep it sturdy so I usually use a monopod...

ISO50, 1/125", f/9 for the exif...

I use ISO50 on my 1D because once you stack the two TCs it gets a bit grainy... so any little bit helps... I also had to use USM MUCH more than I normally would like to...
I almost tried the 1.4x and 2.0x units with a 300mm zoom with IS. I was busy trying other things :)

h2oeco
10-16-2008, 04:36 PM
re: the phosphorescence, I just put a call in to a friend who has been a professional photographer for 40+ years - he will probably have some ideas, may even be doable w/ my D-80. We'll see...

spyboy
10-16-2008, 10:39 PM
As soon as my 5D Mk II arrives I'll try it :)

But now it looks like it might be December before it's released :(

Kirk


If someone wants to donate a Canon 5D, I'd be happy to try it... :-)

Thanks.

h2oeco
10-17-2008, 10:33 AM
The tips that I got were highest iso that you've got, relatively wide open aperture, and a 1/60 or so for shutter, then brighten the image in software to get it right...

(of course last night there was no bioluminescence)