February 3, 2015

Sabbaday Pool


My trip to New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago couldn’t be complete without a hike into Sabbaday Falls — one of the most photographed waterfalls in the state. That is probably because of the combination of its beauty and its proximity to the Kancamagus Highway. It is just a short 10-15 minute hike to the falls from the parking area which features a picnic area and restrooms. The falls are also handicap accessible.

Through the spring summer and fall the area is teeming with tourists, but in the dead of winter it is extremely quiet. And on this day, very cold.

This was my first time shooting the falls in winter, so I didn’t know what to expect. I hoped for a picturesque winter wonderland, and to my surprise, that is exactly what I found.

I’ll post some shots of the upper falls and Sabbaday Brook later this week, but I wanted to start with this one — a shot of the lower pool.  

After its 40 foot drop, Sabbaday Brook gathers itself in this pool area before continuing down stream. 

The area is too wide and tall to capture in one shot, so I opted for a wide panoramic approach. I took four shots left to right of the lower portion then four shots right to left of the upper portion. The images overlapped one another by about 25-30%.  The final 8 images were stitched together in Adobe Photoshop and processed in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. After cropping, the dimensions of the image wound up at 7604 x 5070 pixels.

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