Revealing The Covered Bridge: Pulling out the details of light and shadow

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Why do we love covered bridges? Perhaps for the same reasons we love watching the ocean or a crackling fireplace. I’ve been over the Albany Covered Bridge which crosses the Swift River, slicing through the White Mountain National Forest, a hundred times. On this day, accompanied by my 7 year old assistant Molly Mozell, I took a few moments to plant my tripod on the on the ancient wooden timbers of this landmark, and take about 5 bracketed exposures of the interior of the span.

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Mountain Streams: Another View

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Photographing mountain streams in the White Mountain National Forest

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A Gray Afternoon at Rockport, Massachusetts

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© Paul Mozell – article and photographs – all rights reserved Even in a year when the New England spring has been unusually cool and gray, the coastal town of Rockport beckons my camera. From July through September, downtown Rockport is usually packed with tourists who fill the art galleries and the ice cream shops on Bearskin Neck.

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After the Storm

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Often the best photographs appear to you when the weather conditions are discouraging. On this stormy spring afternoon I had a sense that the strong winds and very dark skies would break open to reveal some magic light conditions.

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Winter at Appleton Farms, Topsfield, MA

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I make frequent trips to Appleton Farms to enjoy the parade of the seasons.

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Winter in the White Mountains

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© Paul Mozell 2008. The winter of of 2007-2008 has blessed the White Mountains of New Hampshire with more snow than we have seen in many years. The opportunities for exciting winter photography have been very numerous as a result. In just 2 days of shooting in the region, I returned home with a disc full of good images of both people and the landscape.

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Making the Most of Cloudy Snowy Days

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© Paul Mozell The first snowfall in Massachusetts is exciting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the return of great outdoor photography opportunities after stark and wet November weather. Combining my photography with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing makes this a wonderful season. But, the challenge for many photographers is how to uncover, and expose great compositions in the snow. This will be the first of a series of articles that will address shooting techniques, carrying and caring for your equipment in cold weather, and how to dress yourself for a long and comfortable day outdoors. Winter forces me to return to my roots as a black & white photographer the crutch of bright colors is usually not available. I welcome the simplicity and the challenge of finding compositions that rely on strong graphic elements, shadow, and subtlety. On cloudy days like the one in this shot, taken in Massachusetts in mid-December, the flat light allows the detail of the scene to come alive. You might ask: “Why not convert this file to monochrome?” and my answer is, that I like the idea that the viewer must search for the minimal color in the image. It’s a subtle trick that makes you spend more time viewing the photography. But, then again, this doesn’t rule out the black & white conversion.

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Glorious Autumn Reflections

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Late Summer Silhouette

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I’ve been photographing the sunset over Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, Massachusetts for many years. On this evening I decided to move away from the glowing-clouds-over-the-horizon shot, looking for something else. As soon as I saw the silhouette of the delicate leaves and branches of this (cherry?) tree against the reflection of the orange sky, I thought I’d found a scene that suggested a Japanese water-color painting.

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Old Hemlock

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