Over the last couple of weeks I was scheduled to photograph the fall colors in New Hampshire. The way things turned out reminded me once again how important it is to have a Plan B, or a second location to explore.
We drove from Dallas Texas to Lincoln New Hampshire in my trusty Toyota Prius – 50mpg! (More on that in another article, but 1850 miles one way at a cost of $114) That kind of a drive is a big commitment of time, and not one that I want to see wasted. On the other hand, in Landscape Photography there are no guarantees even when the best plans are made.
Ansel Adams, in his Autobiography wrote, “Fortune Magazine asked me to make a survey of Los Angeles in about 1945. They wanted pictures of the exotic indigenous architecture such as the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood. There were many such awful examples around Los Angeles, and I drove hundreds of miles in pursuit of them. I was completely frustrated by a continuous drizzle; no shaft of southern California sun ever touched the difficult scene. The deadline was in three short weeks. … Early every morning I drove out onto the wet streets, trying my best to find and capture the architectural obscenities that loomed through the drizzle; but even these objects needed sunlight.”
In his case there were no options for a Plan B, but often there are, as I found during the trip to New Hampshire. I had been monitoring the fall foliage reports on a smartphone app. Many of the states with great fall foliage have web sites dedicated to reporting their conditions for visitors. Smartphones are enormously helpful in Landscape Photography. New Hampshire has a wonder fall foliage smartphone app and webpage.
When we arrived the White Mountains were at 90% and more southern locations at 70%, so it seemed we could just drive the area moving north and south to find some great color. As it turned out the colors were not vibrant enough to inspire me, and a storm had come through 2-days before we arrived and blew off many of the leaves. So, what to do next – stay for 5-days uninspired or maybe shooting detail shots of leaves and rocks? That was too much driving to feel like tossing a coin over my chances for success.
Portland Maine was less than two hours east of our location, and Acadia a few hours more north. I decided to photograph one of the lighthouses in Portland, which I did for two full days and nights.
So evidently this is what I get when I photograph the fall foliage of New Hampshire. :^} I’m not sorry. I love the Lighthouses and will add a couple of new works to my portfolio from this trip. It was important to have a Plan B though. I’ll revisit New Hampshire on another trip.
This pano was done on a Fuji X100S, two-shots stitched together in Photoshop. I also shot it on the Phase One IQ260 which I will show shortly in my Portfolio.