On a cold clear morning in Lebanon, NH today, a group of hardy birders explored Boston Lot, finding 46 or so species. I only saw a few of these well, but captured some in my lens. The trophy bird for me was a Wood Thrush. It sang constantly hidden in the forest. It was when I left the group and waited at the edge of the woods for it to show itself that I got some photos. I feel this is the most handsome of our local thrushes.
Wood Thrush at Boston Lot
Here is a slide show of a few of the photos I took this morning at Boston Lot.
The trees are in glorious bloom right now at the King Bird Sanctuary in Etna, NH. The birds are arriving with some passing through and some settling in to raise a family. I just posted some photos from this great spot on a new Trails of the Upper Valley page HERE. The next week or maybe two will probably be the best time of the year to visit. Directions are on the Trails page.
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The 50th Annual Mascoma River Slalom was held yesterday in Lebanon, NH. It was a cool day with occasional sleet. But the river was running strong and various types of craft made it through the gates.
The Mascoma Slalom has been held every year since 1963. It is the oldest consecutively run slalom race in the country. Dartmouth College’s Ledyard Canoe Club hangs temporary gates on the Mascoma River near the Packard Covered Bridge.
I enjoy photographing many active sports using a variety of shutter speeds. A fast (short duration) speed will freeze the action rendering the athlete sharp as in the photo below taken at 1/1600 sec.
But I like the effect of blurred motion, particularly when water is involved, which can come from relatively slow shutter speeds like the photo below taken at 1/13 sec. The trick is to get the athlete relatively sharp.
Getting a kayaker relatively sharp with nicely blurred water can be accomplished by panning with the moving boat or photographing the kayaker as he or she paddles through an upstream gate. It also helps to get lucky. Your luck increases as the number of photos taken increases.
In the slide show that follows, 21 of the photos were shot between 1/10 and 1/40 sec, 16 between 1/80 and 1/320 sec, and 10 between 1/400 and 1/1600 sec. All where shot aperture priority. I use my aperture, ISO, and sometimes a polarizer to control my shutter speed.
Last year I was invited to join a very talented group of photographers that comprise the New England Photography Guild. Each month a “fan” of the Guild’s Facebook Page is chosen at random and given a free matted print from one of the members. It was my turn this month to supply a print to the winner. She chose one of my favorite images, the photo you see below. I took it during a photography field trip I led. It is along a very nice series of roads that I tour every fall when I lead a trip in this part of Vermont.