Fallen White Pine

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Splintered trunk of a massive white pine.

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Gibbs Brook Falls – Crawford Notch, NH

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I first encountered the Gibbs Brook Falls on my very first hike through the Presidential Range many years ago. Since then I have photographed this modest and forever-changing cataract many times — first in 35mm, then with my 4×5 view camera, and several times with digital gear.

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Birdsfoot Trefoil

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Birdsfoot Trefoil along the banks of the Ipswich River, North Reading, MA

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Nature Photography Tips 20 and 21

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Although the eye and brain attempt to neutralize the perceived color of light, your brain and eye can still sense the difference between the light of a cool shaded forest and the warm tones of sunset on the beach. Cameras don’t have this power or sensitivity; at least not yet.

Today’s digital cameras think that average daylight is somewhere between 5500° and 6000° Kelvin. Years ago I read that this value was a measurement of sunlight at high noon on the Summer Solstice as it occurs in Washington, D.C. This could be folklore, but it sounds nice!

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Mystery Wildflower of the Day

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I spotted these wildflowers a couple of days ago while running in the woods near my home in the Boston area. Today I returned to the forest with a Nikon, a 30 inch reflective umbrella, an SB-800 Speedlight and a coiled flash extension cord. I could not have made the shot at f13 in the windy dark forest without the strobe. The only trouble is, I can’t identify the flower. Can you? It could be an invasive, which would explain why I can’t find it in my field guides.

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Nature Photography Tips 11 to 15

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The third installment in a series of tips about how to improve your nature and landscape photography.

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Nature Photography Tips 6 to 10

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The second installment in a new series. Your feedback is welcome!

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