Night Photography, White Mountains

Night photography, star trails along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (Route 112) in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA during the summer months.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

Night Photography, White Mountains – I am blown away by the number of photographers shooting the New Hampshire Whites Mountains at night. Night photography appears to be the new subject of the New England photography community.

Some magnificent night scenes have been posted on New England related websites. And I love the creativity some photographers are putting into their night images. The abundance of Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) this year in New England could be one reason for the surge of night photography.

Franconia Notch State Park - Echo Lake at  night in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA during the summer months. Artists Bluff can be see on the left.
Echo Lake – Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
 

Viewing the Northern Lights is a rarity here in New England, so when Aurora Borealis viewing conditions alerts are sent out some photographers drop everything for a chance to photograph them. I was lucky enough to see small displays of Northern Lights over the last year. But for the most part, the viewing conditions were not good on the nights the Northern Lights were going to be visible. And I saw nothing.

Appalachian Trail - Mount Washington surrounded by fog during the night in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Mount Washington – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Night photography in the White Mountains can be hit or miss. I have been on the summit of Mt Washington at midnight around twenty times (this is a guess, I don't keep track anymore). And the above image is one of a few that I am happy with. Not long after creating this image the summit buildings were engulfed in fog for the rest of the night.

Star Trails over Middle Sister Fire tower on Middle Sister Mountain in Albany, New Hampshire USA during a summer night. This fire tower was in operation from 1927-1948.
Middle Sister Fire Tower – Albany, New Hampshire
 

Is there a market for night scenes of the New Hampshire White Mountains? I am sure there is but because my photography work focuses more on human impact issues I don’t know them. I suspect prints of the night skies do well. To create interesting and marketable imagery of the night skies a photographer has to make a big commitment to night photography. And it is commitment most photographers can’t make.

Sugar Hill Scenic Vista along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire USA during the winter months.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – Sugar Hill Scenic Vista
 

Shooting in the night is an experience I suggest every photographer try at least once. Some of my greatest memories are of photographing along the ridges during the night. And if you are not a photographer, I still suggest you explore the White Mountains during the night. It is an experience you will always remember.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more night scenes of the White Mountains here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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