Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Given that I’m the maintainer for this trail and I’d not been on it in a few weeks, I thought it time to take a look at it. To my surprise, there was ice on the falls and all along the trail. I had to watch my step as I didn’t bring my Micro spikes and the patches of ice under leaves were treacherous.
I love the look of this place any time of year but the bleakness of late fall/early winter is particularly appealing to me. Couple that with processing in higher contrast monochrome and you have a recipe for interesting photography.
Race Brook above the falls
Ice teeth on Race Brook
My flickr contact and friend Gary Sharp has posted yet another wonderful iPhone/Hipstamatic shot of the dunes on the Oregon coast.
My good friend Gary Sharp has posted another excellent beach landscape image of the coastline near Humbug Mountain taken with his Ricoh GR.
My friend Gary Sharp took a hike on the Oregon dunes with his Ricoh GR and got some spectacular high contrast black and white images. Wow.
Race Brook Falls
Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Anne and I took a walk up this trail to the Appalachian Trail intersection. Since I’ve photographed the heck out of this trail in color I figured I’d be bold and just set the Ricoh GR to high contrast B/W without a RAW backup. Oh boy.
These images are straight from the camera via Lightroom with no adjustment or cropping. I’m really enjoying this experiment and it’s giving my photography a much needed kick in the ass.
Race Brook above the falls
Race Brook pool and reflection
Anne descending the Race Brook Falls trail
Looking east from the Race Brook Falls trail
West Cornwall, Connecticut. The last time we hiked up to this beaver pond it looked like the beavers had abandoned it but this day there was fresh evidence of beaver activity. The wood ticks were also plentiful and it was a constant struggle to get them off before they found a way to skin. Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis are serious problems around here so one can’t be too careful.
I decided to try the Ricoh GR’s high contrast black and white filter setting on this landscape and I really liked the way things looked on the LCD screen, was less sure what they might look like on my computer’s screen but the only way to find out was to try.
This is a new way of seeing both urban and forest landscape for me and I know in time I’ll become more comfortable with it but I can see that it’s going to grow on me. Most of the images shot like this I’ve seen in the various Ricoh groups on flicker are urban street photography but I don’t see any reason why one can’t use this kind of filter for landscape.
Experimentation is fun and I’m looking forward to more. The Ricoh GR makes all of this stuff very easy, I continue to be impressed with almost every aspect of that camera, it’s one of the finest compacts I’ve ever used.
Two oak trees
Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trial, Kent, Connecticut. The section of the Appalachian Trail between Bull’s Bridge and Rt. 341/Kent is called Schaghticoke Ridge because it goes over Schaghticoke Mountain and skirts the Schaghticoke indian reservation down on the Housatonic River. It’s actually the section of AT that’s closest to my house in Warren; it’s about 20 minutes away. When I’m not hiking the entire ridge (8 miles, two cars) I like to hike in from one end or the other and then double back.
Each end has nice features and the north end, which I did today has some very nice trees including a small grove of large tulip trees that I’ve photographed a lot over the years.
I keep a journal of my hikes and one of the things that I’ve been recording over the years are good photo ops on various hikes. It never changes the gear I take (one small camera) but, for example, I enjoy doing certain hikes along certain ridges with a lot of mountain laurel in late June, early July because the mountain laurel is in bloom then. All of that said, pretty much any hike I do during fall is going to be interesting because of the color change but also because the light is different in fall. Of course, winter is coming and there will be ice… Okay, okay, there’s always something to shoot on a hike, it’s (me) the photographer who has to be ready to do the shooting.
Two tulip trees
Macricostas Preserve, Washington, Connecticut. Our Steep Rock photo group walked down into the Bee Brook “grotto” I like to shoot and while I didn’t get anything I liked of Bee Brook I got a few nice shots of the trees above us. This one had a bit of flare in it but I liked it anyway.
Connecticut/Massachusetts border, Appalachian Trail.
We went on a great hike from Bear Mountain, Connecticut to Mt. Race, Massachusetts, passing through Sage’s Ravine on the way. We’ve done it many times before but it never gets old, it’s a great hike. Nice reflections in the brook in Sage’s Ravine.
Flickr member Zolashine has posted a spectacular image taken with his Ricoh GR of porters carrying gear across the Biafo Glacier during a trek from Snow Lake to Hispar La, Pakistan.
The Karakoram Region is an area I’d love to visit some day. Highly unlikely but one can dream.
Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Anne and I hiked up to Mt. Race via Race Brook falls today and it was extremely hot and buggy. I took these reflection shots along the way as we stopped for water and to put on more bug spray.
I remain extremely happy with the Ricoh GR although I don’t really use it the way many other people who like it do. This camera is the ultimate street photographer’s camera in that it operates very fast and its controls are easily adjusted on the fly. I bought it because I wanted a simple camera with a big sensor so that I could shoot mostly daylight shots like this but have enough resolution to crop and still have enough image for a fine art print. For my purposes this camera is perfect. I rarely zoomed my Canon S100 longer than it’s 24mm widest angle setting, nor my Sony RX100 off of its 28mm widest setting. So, a fixed 28mm f/2.8 lens is fine for me.
My friend Gary Sharp took this picture of me on our epic hike from undermountain trail, over Bear Mountain, down into Sage’s Ravine, then up the Appalachian Trail to Mt. Race, over Race and down the Race Brook Falls trail. It was epic because it was long (12 miles) and we ran into a fierce storm cell just after going over Mt. Race. We got hailed on and completely soaked going down the Race Brook Falls trail. We still had a great time.
iPhone 5 and Hipstamatic.
Kent, Connecticut. Hiking south along the Appalachian trail on Schaghticoke Ridge we crossed Thayer Brook and came upon a small grove of large tulip trees. This is a single tree with three trunks close together.
I decided to set the Ricoh GR to record both jpeg and RAW files and the jpegs I set to “regular” black and white (as opposed to high contrast). I must say, seeing a monochrome image on the LCD viewfinder is extremely useful in composing these kinds of images and while I don’t think the jpeg had as much information in it as the RAW, I decided to use it here.
On an extremely hot day like yesterday (and today) a brook is a godsend as a head dunk makes all the difference in the world.
Southwest corner of Massachusetts. Here my younger stepdaughter Bonnie is on a ledge overlooking the creek in Sage’s Ravine on the Appalachian Trail. Spectacular spot, we loved it.
Gary, Nora, Bonnie and I hiked over Bear Mountain, down into Sage’s Ravine, and up over Mt. Race and down the Race Brook Falls trail today. This is a serious 12 mile hike in great conditions but today was hot and humid going up Bear and by the time we got up to Mt. Race a big thunder cell was moving in. Just after we got over Mt. Race it started raining, hailing, with big lightning and thunder. We made it back safely but drenched.
This was Bonnie’s third hike and first big one and she did great, even with the bad weather. We remained safe and upbeat the entire day, including while being pelted with hail.
Now, showered, beered up and fed, the entire day seems rather dreamy.
Salisbury, Connecticut. Gary and I hiked up to Bear Mountain yesterday and while it was hot and humid there was still plenty of water running in streams including this small one on Paradise Lane.
I noticed some nice bubbled patterns as we cross the stream on slimy rocks and so, took my pack off and pulled out the GR to see if I could capture a few shots. The sun was in an odd place and there were hot spots everywhere and I worked hard to try to avoid them. Silly me, I love the hot spots in these images. Live and learn.
Standing on the very summit of Mt. Race in Massachusetts I decided to try the panorama feature of my iPhone.
To the north we have Dave and Cathy with Mt. Everett behind them and panning east then panning south we have Gary and Bonnie (my younger stepdaughter) with Bear Mountain behind them. The pan was a full 180 degrees.
The image isn’t great but this is a lot of fun and the iPhone makes it quite easy. More experimentation is in order.
Washington, Connecticut. Our friend Gary Sharp is visiting and we took a walk in Macricostas Preserve, including a detour down into my favorite little grotto on Bee Brook. While my wife Anne waited patiently, Gary and I hiked up and down the bank taking pictures. In the heat of the day this little place is a welcome respite and the images coming from visits there have been consistently good over many years of shooting.
Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. The blooming of mountain laurel in late June is one of the yearly attractions hiking along the Appalachian Trail in New England.
On this hike I climbed the Race Brook Falls Trail (the trail I oversee) and then south up Mt. Race on the AT and then back to the col and north up Mt. Everett, then back down the falls trail. The white mountain laurel were on Race, the pink on Everett (further north by a mile). The bloom is working its way north.
By the way, I’m having a bit of a rough time with the AF on the Ricoh GR, maybe time to read the manual.
Washington, Connecticut. We took a walk in Macricostas Preserve and passed by my favorite little grotto on Bee Brook. It was oppressively hot and humid today and this little spot was a respite from the sun and heat. It had the feel of a lost world and I halfway expected some prehistoric beast to wander into the scene.
Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. I’m a “maintainer” of this blue trail connecting Rt. 41 to the Appalachian Trail and I have to hike it regularly to make sure it’s clear. We had and are having some severe weather in New England at the moment and I needed to get up on this trail to see if trees had come down.
This day Race Brook was as high as I’ve ever seen it and the two crossings were very tough. The base of this waterfall is another crossing and I took this right in the middle of it. The spray wasn’t too bad and it was a beautiful, clear day so the Ricoh GR wasn’t in danger of getting wet.
I’m very pleased with what the bigger sensor on this camera delivers in terms of details. Also, the controls continue to amaze me as beautifully designed for qjick access. I had to change meters for this shot or else the waterfall would have been blown out, and that task was a snap.
I have yet to do a lot of shooting with the new camera but each time I use it I marvel at both its design and the quality of the images such a small, light camera can produce. I’m sure that as I shoot more I’m going to get some great images out of it.