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Gotta Get To The Sea   5 comments


Gotta Get To The Sea

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Every autumn, we try to get up to New England to camp, hike and witness the stunning foliage. With equal frequency, we seem to be dealing with a major rain event. (The White Mountain National Forest in NH has been called “The Asbestos Forest”… it never burns.)

Such was the case on our trip in 2010. A major storm moved in over the area for several days. We lashed down the tent and tried to remain occupied despite the weather. Thing is, when you’re living outside, there aren’t many places to hide.

Knowing that local waterfalls would be epic, we descended the steep stone stairs of Glen Ellis Gorge to see what Glen Ellis Falls would look like. Standing in deep puddles and using covers to protect the gear from the rain, we took a series of ten frames on a dark, brooding sort of scene.

In the time since 2010, I’ve left this set untouched, not quite knowing how to approach it. There were many imperfections that needed to be addressed, including trees and foliage being whipped by the winds, rain on the lens, minimal light and a color balance that was far from good. It was only when I decided to capitalize on the dark, apocalyptic nature of the scene that I found what I was looking for.

We left shortly after this picture was taken. We had had enough.

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A bull moose and cow about to breed near Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire

Click on the image to see it larger in a new window on my Animals Gallery.

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Hint: Not what you think.

An amorous bull moose makes advances on a cow near Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. This is a rather unusual sight, as the autumn rut & breeding usually take place deep in the woods, far away from populated areas.

We actually found this pair in the parking lot of the Pinkham Notch AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club.) I grabbed the camera out of the back of the truck, and followed the pair at a safe distance as they crossed the road into the Lost Pond area. The cow was feeding on the aquatic vegetation, but the bull had other things on his mind. Although he made several attempts, the cow spurned his initial advances, preferring to take him deeper into the woods before mating.  Can’t blame her… by that time, about a dozen vehicles had stopped, which is typical when moose are near the road.

Each of us were willing voyeurs to the event.  What struck me as odd was that right after the bull’s best attempt, a woman dressed in rather garish hiking garb said loudly, “Well! That isn’t the picture I wanted to get!”  Um, lady… If you’re reading this, just what did you expect to happen?

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This image is just about SOOC (straight out of the camera.) While I tried to do some tonemapping on it, nothing was better than the original RAW file. I did a little cropping, sharpening, and then used NIK’s Darken/Lighten Center filter to bring the eye towards the moose, then a bit of NIK’s Vignette Blur filter to knock back some of the foliage on the left.

It was kind of refreshing to stray away from HDR, actually.  I think I’ll try that more often. ;^)

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