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

© Paul Mozell 2009

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 ancient wooden timbers of this landmark, and took about 5 bracketed exposures of the interior of the span.

The Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River

The Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River

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Tri The Lake

Competitors in the first Burbank YMCA Tri-The-Lake Triathlon had to wade a long distance into Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA, before they could safely swim. Racers who continued to walk in the water, while others swam, had a slight advantage.

After the Storm

After the StormOften 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. Continue reading

“The Photographers” – a ballad

Sung to the tune of “Three Drunken Maidens” a traditional British ballad

© Grit Laskin – published with permission)

Early Saturday morning, while strolling in the wood
I chanced upon a lady who by the wayside stood
And what, pray tell, would such a lass as you be doing here?
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Making the Most of Cloudy Snowy Days

© Paul Mozell

Heavy Fresh SnowThe 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.