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    Default Dreams of Pemi Light will linger another year...

    When I research a location to hike to photograph, I plan to put myself in a location at a time when there is the best chance for dramatic light and atmosphere. Despite the best planning though, the shoot really is at the whim of Mother Nature.

    Knowing that, I have to be mindful of my mindset while out shooting autumn. Autumn days are beautiful. Crisp, breezy, perfect blue sky and golden foliage. I'm out there to enjoy the day AND work for the shot, but not every day out delivers the photographic scene I seek. I cannot let the latter dictate my day...

    For about a year, I've envisioned a dramatic display from Zeacliff as the ultimate White Mountains shot. I dreamed of a valley filled with mist or fog, a stunning sunset, or a dramatic sunrise over Mount Willey spotlighting Carrigain across the way. I scouted the location this summer, and tried to time the peak foliage perfectly.

    Saturday seemed perfect...and the forecast held potential. Crisp and clear during the day; clouds moving in at night. Sunday morning would be an all or nothing sunrise, with the sunrise racing the incoming storm.

    And Saturday was the perfect day to hike up. But the perfect light during either golden hour never occurred, blocked by clouds and rain at sunset and daybreak. I ultimately hiked 8+ miles with full overnight gear, only to spend the night ? mile from the car after a hike out in the dark to beat the rain...

    How do I feel now that I'm back home...great! I had the privilege of spending time in one of my favorite places, and spend the time with a good friend. Met some nice folks and fellow VFTT'rs along the trail as well! And, though lacking the drama that I usually strive for in my photography, I came away with some nice, colorful shots before the clouds moved in! Now in browsing through these photos, I can't help but think that perhaps these shots capture the feeling, mood and spirit of a gorgeous autumn day even more than most of my dramatic or moody shots...

    A few shots:
    Midday at the Wildlife Pond...



    View from Zealand Falls...



    Across the Pemi from Zeacliff...



    A few rays among shadow...
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    Jim,

    Absolutely terrible. Awful. Your report was way off base. The pictures are awesome!
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    Great TR and photos Jim. The colors look beautiful. Hopefully next time the weather will cooperate better for you.
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    Incredible photos Jim.They make me feel like I'm there with you looking at all the stunning views,instead of being inside here on my computer with the rain falling down outside.

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    As I said elsewhere - the light may not have been what you were hoping for but the images are still spectacular - particularly the view from Zeacliff. Few places more beautiful than Zealand Valley in autumn.
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    Default Light and rain...

    Was a little further north than you with the same results, nothing to speak of at sunset, no sunrise at all. Of course, you got the better pictures. TR coming...

    Say, that first one looks very familiar...





    KDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by KD Talbot View Post
    Was a little further north than you with the same results, nothing to speak of at sunset, no sunrise at all. Of course, you got the better pictures. TR coming...

    Say, that first one looks very familiar...





    KDT
    Looking forward to your report...the colors were great everywhere from zealand on up it seems.

    You've told me about that pond before, and finally took your rec. What a spot. Need to get a sunrise over there someday!

    You heading north next weekend? I got 3 days...
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    Gorgeous pics, as always. Looking forward to your next calendar.
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    I know exactly what you mean on several points. I remind myself to enjoy the time regardless of what I capture.

    The view from Zeacliff is beautiful, even though you didn't get the light you wanted. The time of day of your shot did provide just enough shadow on the east sides of the mountains for some nice depth. To be there at that time requires an overnight or a walk in the dark. Nice job!

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    Spectacular as always Jim. Thanks for sharing.

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