Kinsman Falls

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Kinsman Falls, White Mountains, NH

Kinsman Falls is a bit of a drop off of the Basin-Cascade Trail in the Franconia area of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, but it is well worth the climb down to the river.

The water drops about 20 feet into a wide pool and the rocks in the river allow for some interesting compositions as the water flows down river.

The Falls are a short hike up trail. You can park at The Basin, on Route 3/I-93 in Franconia Notch.

I spent far less time shooting on this trail than I originally planned. My sister and I planned to hike to the AMC hike at Lonesome Lake and back down the same trail. As we made our way to the lake I noted several spots I wanted to shoot and planned to stop on the way back down when the sun was a little lower (the light a little better).

My plans were thwarted when, about a third of a mile from the lake, my sister slipped on a boulder and slammed her wrist into another boulder, breaking it.

That pretty much killed the shooting day, but did make for a pretty great story. Which I will get into in a later post.

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A Wall at the Cliffs

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A Wall at the Cliffs

I grabbed this shot the day my family and I were wandering around the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland back in 2007. Yes, the cliffs were gorgeous and I did get my share of shots. But I also wandered around the perimeter of the park to explore the countryside a bit.

This stone wall caught my eye for some reason.

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A Day at Smuttynose

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Smuttynose Brewing Company

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting for my friends at Smuttynose Brewing Company. They recently moved into their new brewery at Towle Farm Road in Hampton New Hampshire and needed some shots for marketing and social media. I was happy to oblige.

I had free rein of the facility for the day and shot accordingly — like I owned the place, really.

I shot a lot of detail shots of the facility, shot the fermentation tanks and brew house as well as the packaging line (there was no bottling going on that day).

I also spent some time trailing the staff as they went about their daily brewing tasks. This is one of my favorite shots from that set.

I’ll be posting more shots from this fun day next week.

Robert LussierA Day at Smuttynose

Silver Cascade

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Silver Cascade

This is a shot of the lower portion of Silver Cascade, located in the Crawford Notch area of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The full cascade makes its way down the side of the mountain, ending in this lower portion.

Shooting opportunities abound.  There are plenty of rocks in the lower section begging to be used to help frame the shot, plenty of vegetation to add interest (especially in the fall) and of course, plenty of flowing water which flows at varying intensity, depending on the weather and time of year.

And you will not find a more accessible waterfall in New Hampshire. It is clearly visible from Rte 302 with a convenient parking area just across the road.

Be careful crossing.

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Arethusa Falls

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Arethusa Falls

On this day I was competing with dozens of other hikers, all clamoring for some time to bask in the waters.  This particular shot was captured during a lull in bathing activity.

I grabbed the shot by placing my camera on the rock on the edge of a pool and shooting straight into the base of the falls. The sun was high and harsh so I opted for a slightly under exposed shot. A polarizing filter and, of course, a 10 stop ND filter were key.

Just out of the frame on the right were a few people getting ready to venture into the chill.  When I turned around it looked like a bus depot. I saw a couple of dozen people making their way to the base of the falls.

Timing is everything.

You can find the trail head to Arethusa Falls along Rte 302 in the Crawford Notch area of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is at the end of a moderate 1.5 mile hike. Longer if you want to take in Frankenstein Cliffs or the other waterfall (the name escapes me. Sorry).

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Tremont Nail Company

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Tremont Nail Company

I spent this past Saturday in Mattapoissett, MA visiting friends. It was a social visit, but my good friend Fran Coughlin lined up something to shoot, as he always does when I visit.

This time it was the Tremont Nail Company in Wareham, a 150+ year old facility comprised of about five buildings. The facility sits on the Wareham River, which also served as its source of power.

Actually, the company moved to Mansfield, MA when it was bought out a few years ago. The original property is now owned by the town of Wareham. It is completely shuttered, making access impossible. Except of course for the exterior, which was still fun to explore.

I got a few shots that I am happy with (including this one) but could not help but regret the fact that I missed the opportunity to photograph the facility completely. Especially after seeing the video below — Bob Villa getting a tour back in 2011.

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Sabbaday Falls, White Mountains

This image is kind of a throwback for me. When I first started shooting digital I read that it was possible to shoot in infrared providing that the image sensor on your camera was receptive to infrared light. To determine this, all you have to do is point a standard television IR remote control at your camera and look on the LCD in live view. If you can see the light, you are good to go — almost.  You also need to get a 72R filter — a filter that blocks out visible light allowing only Infrared light to pass through the lens to the sensor. The filter appears opaque, like a 10-stop ND, so care in framing and focus are key.

My first DSLR, the Nikon D70 was IR sensitive, so I purchased a 72R filter for it and did quite a bit of IR shooting. That was about 10 years and at least a couple of cameras ago. Nikon saw fit to place a filter to block IR light over the sensor on subsequent models so, since I sold my D70, my 72R filter sat idle. The only way to shoot IR would be to have the camera’s sensor converted so it sees exclusively infrared light. A great solution if you have a secondary camera and plan to do a lot of IR shooting!

So, fast forward. I still own a Nikon D700 (which I can’t shoot IR with), but also shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera. A couple of months ago I (literally) dusted off my old 72R filter and tried it out on the Olympus. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it nicely captured IR. Which brings us to this image.

This is Sabbaday Falls — one of the gorgeous waterfalls found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire along the Kancamagus Highway. I shot it this past weekend using the Olympus, the 12-40 lens and the 72R filter.

The raw file in IR renders in either green or red, depending on the sensor (see the image below), so getting the initial exposure is only the start of the process. I have a few more images from this shoot to share, so if there is interest, I’ll walk through my processing in a separate post.

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An Office

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Last Saturday my friend Steven and I hosted what I think was our fifth Historic Mills Photography Workshop. This one was rather special. We brought about 10 eager and talented photographers through five buildings at three different mills in Lawrence: The Pacific, the Everett and the Stone. With all that space to shoot it soon became clear that this workshop was going to be heavy on shooting.

Steven and I had both shot in the Pacific Mill before but this was the first time we were able to hose a workshop there. It was a big hit with our participants and Steven and I even got to join in on the shooting fun. This is one of my shots — not your typical mill shot.

Like most of these buildings, the Pacific has a mix of raw space that echoes back to its 19th century prime and space that has been renovated to accommodate specific needs of the tenants.  This is empty offices on one of the renovated areas.

I loved the pastel colors, the light from the windows and the simple shapes. And I especially love the “lighter” feeling of abandonment I got from the scene.

Robert LussierAn Office