Under the Bridge
I'm going to start by saying 'thank you' to Jeff Folger for meeting me at 7AM in the morning in Northern New Hampshire for a day of fall foliage adventures. Jeff runs the New England Photography Guild, a collection of some of the finest landscape photographers in the area, and an early and constant source of inspiration.
This is why I wasn't up at 1AM shooting the northern lights last night. Am I disappointed that I missed what looks like a fine display? No.
I started shooting this location from the road above the bridge. There are some fine shots from this vantage point on postcards and the internet, so it seemed natural to try and capture some of that magic. The conditions just weren't great, though. The foliage was beautiful, but still not very deep and I was hoping for more leaves on the path and maybe even a little rain or moisture to really saturate their colors and turn the road black. I ventured to the other side of the bridge and shot a few more looking down towards the bridge.
At this time, I noticed Jeff had wandered down underneath the bridge. I followed his lead down to the river, and started working the scene there. I included him in some of my shots, which I'll show later. It makes a great study of the photographer at work in an incredible location, capturing images. I really wanted to capture the water movement, so I jumped across some very slippery rocks with all of my gear, to Jeff's amusement.
This is my favorite shot of the trip, and one I can't wait to print up and hang on my wall. It will be the first. I haven't seen the bridge shot from this angle on the 'net, but I'm sure it's been done before. I played around with the colors to draw out more oranges and purples, sorry blues and greens. I also added a lot of clarity to make the details really pop and painted over the bridge with the dodge tool to bring it forward. The silky water is a result of an exposure time of 2.5 seconds at f/11.