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16 Aug 2013

Learning about the New London, NH, area

20130816-LEF_128320130816-LEF_1252I have spent a lot of time scouring the backroads of Vermont looking for great photo locations but I haven’t crossed the Conneticut River much to see what is in New Hampshire. After a recent workshop I got an invitation from Mary to show me around the New London area and I took her up on it today. There are several lakes and large ponds in her area and very few near me in Vermont. We started the day a bit after sunrise and caught the mist rising on Little Sunapee Lake, it was a beautiful day and there is plenty to shoot there. We drove around the lake to an esker created by the glaciers that nearly cuts the lake in half. OK, I didn’t know what an esker was either and Mary explained that it is sand and gravel deposited by a river flowing under a melting glacier. It made a nice background and good place photograph Mary on the trail.

20130816-LEF_1383We went to several lakes and ponds and I learned the New England difference between a lake and pond is not the size but the depth. In theory, light can hit the bottom of a pond but not a lake. She then took us to Muster Field Farm, a collection of historic buildings that are preserved on a farm that was where the local militia was mustered and trained, thus the name. By the time we got there, the light wasn’t great, but I was amazed by the boards on a barn, I’ve never seen boards that wide, it took only eight to cover the barn’s side.

01 Sep 2012

Surviving the Mt. Tom death march

I used to be in fairly decent physical shape. It has only been seven years since I did a 30-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Somerville, NJ. So when Lisa Lacasse asked me if I wanted to do a sunrise shoot from Mt. Tom in Woodstock, Vt. I didn’t think anything about it. I even asked if she wanted to invite her photographer friend Derek MacDonald to join us. The full moon would be setting, so there should be some great photos.

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23 Aug 2012

Special Maine sunrise makes getting up early worth it


I’m not naturally an early morning person, but it is rare that I’m upset when I see the sun rise. Sunday was one of my favorite sunrises ever. I was along Flagstaff Lake in Stratton, Maine, as the sun rose in a clear sky. Fog filled the mountains and hovered over the lake, which was fine by me.

I was on a narrow road that sliced through the water, so every direction I looked was water, mountains and fog. It was one of those times when there was so much to shoot I was running in circles to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I had cameras on two tripods and was firing away like a mad-man, literally screaming joy into the wind.

A couple of photos are posted here, you can see more over on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LorenFisherPhotography.

09 Oct 2011

The foliage in Vermont is running late

Fog hangs in the hills before sunrise in Woodstock, Vt.

This weekend is usually peak season for fall foliage around the Woodstock, Vt. area but things are running behind schedule this year. Most trees are still green and some just lost their leaves without a colorful fight. At least the weather is great this weekend, last week it was nothing but steady rain. I wandered out before sunrise today and went past Billings Farm before heading along the Ottauquechee River and then through Hartland.

This time of year there usually is a ground fog before the sun comes up and burns it off, and as I headed past Billings, I saw a couple of horses in a field. It was well before sunrise, so the sky was pink as I jumped out of the Jeep and grabbed a camera and tripod. By the time I got set up, the pink was gone but the fog hung in the hills behind the horses.

Early morning in Hartland, Vt.

I went to a hill in Hartland I’ve been several times for sunrise. The vista extends well into New Hampshire and the fog comes off the Connecticut River and filters through the hills. Today I didn’t make my favorite image from that spot, but I like the backlit fog as the sun comes up.

25 Aug 2011

Clouds rolls over Vermont’s deepest gorge

Clouds hang over Quechee Gorge in Vermont.

Today was one of those rainy days that don’t make for great photos, unless you’re looking to make a rainy-day photo. I was going past Quechee Gorge and saw the clouds hanging over the gorge. Route 4, the main east-west highway in central Vermont, goes over the state’s deepest gorge so I parked the Jeep and walked out on the bridge. It is 165 feet down to the water from the bridge and not for people who get queasy from heights.

03 Oct 2010

Misty morning makes for nice Vermont photos

A cow waits to get into the barn at sunrise on a misty autumn morning in Woodstock, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A cow waits to get into the barn at sunrise on a misty autumn morning in Woodstock, Vermont.

When I got up this morning, there was a rather heavy fog covering Woodstock, Vermont. It happens fairly often in the fall, the fog seems to lay in through the valley that surrounds the village. Usually when I head east toward the Conneticut River, it gets worse. It isn’t the fun, pretty kind of fog, it is fairly high and pretty much just blocks the sun.

The sun rises on Fletcher Hill Road in Woodstock, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

The sun rises on Fletcher Hill Road in Woodstock, Vermont.

Today I went west and south hoping to escape the heavy fog. As I drove up some hills, I got away from the worst of the fog. As the sun was coming up shooting through the trees. I stopped along a dirt road for a nice scene and then came upon a farm on top of a hill.

Fog settles into the valley at sunrise below a farm in Woodstock, Vt. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Fog settles into the valley at sunrise below a farm in Woodstock, Vt.

There was a large barn and cows out in the field as misty fog floated in the hills. One of the cows was wanting to get in the barn and stopped to see what I was doing or she wanted to pose for some photos. Either way, she made some nice shots.

After I was done with the cows, I was standing along the road to see if the fog in the valley would make a photo. I thought being on a dirt road in the middle of Vermont would be lonely, but three other photographers showed up. They were nice and one, Judy Lombardi, is from Vermont and she was happy to tell me some other places that make nice photos.

19 Aug 2010

What’s good: Rolling with the fog

A horse looks out into the early morning fog from his stall in a Pomfret, Vermont, barn. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A horse looks out into the early morning fog from his stall in a Woodstock, Vermont, barn.

It is never easy for me to get out of bed before the sun rises, but I know that is when I can make the best pictures. So I rolled out this morning and did my usual check of the sky to see if there any clouds. All clear, so I headed out along the Ottaquechee River in search of great light. I could see some fog in the distance and thought that could make good photos. The fog got heavier and by the time the sun was due to break through, I couldn’t see anything but fog. Sometimes it is hard for me to change gears, I was expecting and wanting a brilliant sunrise, but I got fog. I drove down a small dirt road that dead-ended at a farm. I didn’t see anything that made a good photo but I could hear coyotes crying in the valley. The fog carried the sound across the valley and up the hill. I couldn’t see them, but the sound was fun. About a mile away I saw a horse looking out of his barn into the fog. I didn’t get my pretty sunrise shot, but I like the horse.

23 Jul 2010

What’s good: Being back in Vermont

Fog settles into the Vermont mountains.

After being back to work for a full week after being off for two weeks, it was good to escape to Vermont. The five-hour drive started sunny but turned to rain and drizzle about half way. The fog and clouds made for a nice shot near Bennington.

30 May 2010

What’s good: Climbing to the pinnacle

A view of Promfret, Vermont.

Ducky on a trail.

Our Woodstock, Vermont neighbor, Ducky, took me this morning to some land her family has in Promfret, Vermont. We headed out at 5:30 a.m. to catch the early light of the day. Promfret is an area of Vermont that is still unspoiled. Development through the years has been minimal and people are proud of the land and fight to keep it pristine.

Ducky’s father bought the land in the 1950’s when it was mostly pasture. As the years have gone by, many of the pastures have gone to wooded areas. We hiked for several hours and up some pretty steep hills. We got to what she calls The Pinnacle, the top of a hill that has a great view over the Pomfret. It is a spectacular view and a special place.

Fog climbs up through the hills.