Over this past weekend, New England has been under siege by a cold front that has kept all, but the hardiest souls in-doors; Sunday morning the mercury dropped to -15F (-26C), which was downright chilly.
Regardless of this, Winter is one of my favorite seasons to photograph, as there is always such greate emotional content to be found. I did go out to do a bit of photography, as I was looking into waterfalls in the area, so I thought it might be worthwhile to go check one out in this weather.
The particular waterfall I sought out is Doane’s Falls in Royalston, Massachusetts, which is about an hour’s drive for me. When I arrived there, I found the falls very close to the road, which is rather considerate at these temperatures. It’s a bit of an experience walking down a snow-covered, icy path next to a roaring stream, when you are all by yourself… a trifle unnerving, but luckily there were safety wires by the edge of the rocks.
In the image, you can see the massive amount of ice that has built up in the cascades; I’m not sure what the cause of the discoloration in the ice is, as I didn’t get close enough to find out.
I shot this with my trusty Canon EOS 5D MkIII using a 24-105 f/4 L lens with a circular polarizing filter attached. Settings were f/7.1, 1/640 second at 400 ISO. I kept the speed high, as I didn’t have a great spot for setting up my tripod (I did carry it in).
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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17 thoughts on “Winter in New England”
Despite the cold, such beautiful depth of colours. Stay warm!
Thank you! Yes, a polarizing filter really lifts colors.
It’s good to have enhancers.
Very beautiful shot.
Thank you very much!
Great post! Your passion emanates no matter what is the season! No wonder that winter is your favorite season, it’s absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing your adventures .
Thank you! It’s a little colder than Kuwait. I don’t think you get as much snow either 🙂
Really beautiful, Frank. I don’t know photo technicalities, but I do know beauty! Such wonderful composition. Thanks for sharing. I love winter beauty, as well.
Jenny, thank you very much! That means a lot to me!!
You are most welcome!
What a beautiful picture!
It’s gorgeously captured. I love the details and the colours.
Here’s hoping you’ll check out my blog too at https://thewhimsicalandwanderingsoul.wordpress.com/
Thank you very much. I took a look at your blog and like it! You have some great photos.