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Photo gallery of Vermont in autumn


Photography © John Baker Photographer LLC/TravelImages.com/JayBeeStock.com

The following photo gallery represents a sample range of subjects you can expect to shoot during this particular Travel Images photography tour. Our aim is to not only help our clients meet their photographic goals, but also to learn new techniques; to master pertinent camera settings; to help clients ‘see’ new subjects; to help in translating that vision into pixels; and to generally have a wonderful time. To this end John will share everything he has learnt in a practical and friendly manner.

Please scroll down to view images created by trip leader John Baker during Travel Images photo tours. Links to client images shot on this particular photography tour can be found at the bottom of the page.

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A Maple leaf lying on the surface of water.  The light was low in the forest and because I hand-held this shot it is not as sharp as I would have liked.  The message?  Use a tripod in such situations.

Above left, a day one shot Moss Glen Falls, which is widely considered to be Vermont's best looking waterfall, and that could well be.  To get the 'soft' water effect on any waterfall, use a tripod and a shutter speed of one fifteenth of a second to half a second depending upon the effect you want, and the amount of water tumbling down.  Too much water with a long shutter speed and the falls just looks like a white blob.

   

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A pair of maple leaves caught on a boulder in the middle of a stream.  Perhaps they fear drowning as much as we do?!

Photo tours of Vermont, New England
As it's autumn in Vermont I thought I'd better frame the waterfall with some autumn color, rather than do a close-up. The softness of the water is an indication that my shutter speed was a 15th of a second or slower.

 
Day two starts with first light on Jenne farm, above.  It' said it is the most photographed farm in the United States.  Color, fog, early arrival, patience, and a camera . . . it's all you need.

Then below, an image to prove that midday shooting is not always a washout.

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Photo tours of Vermont, New England
Jenne Farm # 3. Looking down the gravel lane with some great side lighting.  I couldn't ask for more.

 

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Jenne Farm # 4. One last perspective of the Jenne farm reflected in the pond.

 

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Oh, hang on, here's a client shooting at Jenne farm.

 

A classic, nicely-lit, sugar shack shot. Can you say that fast?!
 
Along the way we pause at a country market type of store where subjects such as pumpkins are laid out in abundance.  There is always lots of color, and a healthy array of other subjects. Photo tours of Vermont, New England
 
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Leafy lanes are always appealing, especially if the lighting is good.
 
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A Maple leaf on a bed of Pine Needles.  Just one of the many leaf variations available on the Vermont menu every year.
 

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Here a tripod and a 'lot of depth of field' are needed to make this shot work.
A fourth of a second at f.22 was the exposure.
 


A great spot to take a short uphill walk near Woodstock, otherwise you can miss this shot.

 

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It looks like the middle of nowhere, but it's the main street in Woodstock. The use of a long lens compresses the perspective, and I'm able to gain some impact while omitting any town distractions.

 

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Woodstock number two, which is more like the Woodstock we know. Long lens again for this one.
   
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The third Woodstock image is the Middle covered bridge.
To add compositional interest I included some autumn color in the foreground.
 

Then stepping onto the bridge I played with light, shadow and symmetry.
 

Below, this has 'New England' written all over it . . . even though it says 'Maple Syrup.' Well, you know what I mean!

Photo tours of Vermont, New England
You know the drill. You shoot a pond reflection then turn it upside down. The kind of shot you either love or dislike. How about you?

   

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I made no attempt to get the background in focus as the strong black lines of the leafless tree provide the contrast and impact in this shot. One could call the technique 'selective focus' perhaps.

 

   
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Kent Pond with glorious color, and distant Doubleday Mountain providing the perspective.

 
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The fog adds to the aura of this dawn shot, as does the strong black fading to gray.

Reaching for the sky shots like this are everywhere, but you don't have to travel to Vermont for a shot such as this.  My advice is, please try this at home.
 

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I used a tripod and a slow shutter speed to capture the movement in the water, and get a little bit of contrast with the leaves.

 

   


Sleepy Hollow farm near Woodstock. Over the years the original owner was very obliging to photographers with the placement of red tractors and the like, but now it's owned by one of the Aerosmith guitarists. The version above was shot on a dull day, so I used Smart Photo Editor to add some 'art' and life to the image.

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Life goes on as a Cow gets her calf ready for school.
Besides, "It's not every dawn that a small group of photographers shows up to photograph us my son."

 

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Morning fog and colorful symmetry combine to give us this shot of young Maple trees.

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Another classic Vermont farm near Peacham. The year this was taken the colors weren't as good as some other years, but the red Sumac in the foreground takes up the slack for this image.

   
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You're beginning to see that I'm a real sucker for these leaf shots! I picked up this particular Maple leaf from the side of a gravel road where the group were shooting, and placed it on a contrasting green leaf.

 

Chelsea gets in on the act with its church framed by contrasting trees. I keep telling ya', contrast is good!

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After Chelsea comes this Washington village view just as the last light is fading.

 

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The Cilley covered bridge near Tunbridge. Bridges were 'covered' purely to preserve the wooden timbers.

 

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And so to Waits River. These shots may look alike at this resolution, but the image at left is peppered with cables and power poles, and just won't do! So, I spent just over an hour taking out all the distractions to arrive at the image at right. If you're ever on a trip with me, remind me to show you the two images at full size.

 

Deliberate blur, i.e., up and down motion with the camera at Noyes Pond.

Sure, we've been known to set shots such as this up, but this lady and pet dog came by and fit right in.
 

'Sea of autumn tranquility' on Noyes Pond.
 

I kid you not, I had to de-saturate the color of this Sumac, or you would never have believed it.
 

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The classic Peacham shot in an 'average' autumn color year.
Average or not, ya' still can't turn this one down!

 

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A second fungi shot taken in the same woods as the previous fungi shot near Killington.

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We detour for this image on our way to the Barre/Montpelier region. However, I can't guarantee that it will always look like this each autumn.  OK, so I threw some Maple leaves onto the water's surface for the group . . . and don't apologize for that!

   
 

On one dawn run, much colder than normal at the time I might add, we were shooting in a wood near Barre when fog made its way up the hillside and into the trees. The shot at right looks nice, enough, but the light improved soon after . . .

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Photo tours of Vermont, New England
The trick with fog is to get to the edge of it for a mix of sun, fog and a subject just waiting to be immortalized in pixel form. Yes, it was bitter cold on this particular morning, but we were warmed by the magical light.

 

A rather innocuous early morning suddenly lit up. In that situation one has to be ready with an idea for a composition, and I opted for a wide angle for some foreground interest.
 

Nearby was this shot. Notice that I placed the water droplets against the darker areas of the image so that they contrast against the background and are more prominent.
 


Upon noticing that each tree had a differently colored 'front porch', we set about creating pleasing compositions.


This is one of our first stops as we step into the Northeast Kingdom, and some farmers are very obliging to our groups year after year.

 

Art from the ordinary in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
 

A long lens shot of Sutton, another Northeast Kingdom community, literally buried by trees.
 
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Monarch butterflies in Vermont in October?  Well, yeh.  The last of the summer wine perhaps.
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Sometimes it's the most simple of things that catches one's eye.  Don't ever be afraid of shooting into the light to capture some nice back-lighting.
 
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Autumn color of the different variety shot in a cemetery at dawn.
 
Fog is good when comes to photography, but when it obscures the landscape image we came for entirely, we look to alternatives.  Wet leaves at left, and the white fence at right provided good subjects too.
 


The village green in leafy Craftsbury Common.

 

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This is a typical scene in New England during the fall, i.e. the locals put out various artifacts to complement their pumpkin displays and such.  For this shot the light source was behind me, but imagine this same scene with side-lighting.

 

This Sumac bush at right looks OK, back-lit and all, but . . .

 

 

 . . . as per below, let's get in closer. There is more impact by filling the frame, and carefully recording the symmetry so that the leaves front and back contrast with each other.

 

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Photo tours of Vermont, New England
 
Photo tours of Vermont, New England
This is the type of shot my clients join me in Vermont to capture. This particular image was recorded in Stowe.

Sunset over, and on, Joe's Pond at West Danville closes our day trip into the Northeast Kingdom.
 

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A late bloomer in much of the United States are these Common Sunflowers on the edge of Stowe.
Note that I got low and behind the heads for a fresh perspective.

 

A foggy morning and a rising sun and you have . . . voila!  I added texture to finish the image off.
 

Our last stop of the Vermont fall photography tour is for this classic of the Chittenden Mill, commonly called “The Old Red Mill”

Fungi growing from a tree branch . . . and obviously not afraid of heights.
 

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