Pemi Trail – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
2016 Favorite Images, White Mountains – Wow, another year is coming to an end! It is that time of year to look back on a years worth of shooting, and share with you the ten photographs that stand out to me from 2016. The included images are not necessarily my best images, but they are the most memorable from 2016.
It has been a great year for me both on a professional and personal level. I visited and photographed a bunch of new areas in the White Mountains region this year. And my appreciation for the backcountry gets stronger and stronger every year. We truly are blessed to have the White Mountain National Forest. I do hope more conservation efforts are made in the future to preserve the landscape of the White Mountains.
Great Gulf Wilderness – White Mountains, New Hampshire
June 15, 2016, National Nature Photography Day – Nature Photography Day was created in 2006 by the North American Nature Photography Association. It is an annual event intended to promote conservation and the enjoyment of nature photography. Today is a day to grab your camera and photograph nature.
You can read more on the history of the event at the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) website here. NANPA is also hosting a Nature Photography Day event on their Facebook page.
Mt Parker Trail – Mount Resolution, New Hampshire
2016 White Mountains Projects – I have been trying to decide what I want my first blog article of the year to be about. With the start of the New Year, and everyone making resolutions for 2016, I initially wanted to fire everyone up by showing you some disturbing human impact scenes, but the article isn’t coming together as I like so I have moved on from that for now.
Last year, I publicly shared the environmental issues I would be documenting in 2015, and today I want to share with you a few of the projects I will be shooting in 2016. These projects are only a portion of what I will be shooting this year, but they will help give you a better understanding of my lifestyle as a working photographer. This will be the first year in a number of years that I will not be shooting many human impact issues.
Ellen's Falls (top section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Ellen's Falls, White Mountains – Ellen's Falls is a picturesque waterfall located on Hobbs Brook, about a mile upstream from its junction with the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire. And though I have read visiting these falls requires bushwhacking up the side of Hobbs Brook from the Kancamagus Highway, there is actually a gated Forest Road that can be used to reach the falls.
I am not sure how these falls got their name but based on historical references they have been referred to as Ellen's Falls since at least 1877. It is interesting that the older history books refer to these falls as “Ellen’s Falls” but now in the twenty-first century the apostrophe has been dropped and its “Ellens Falls”. And it is also worth mentioning that a few history books have these falls as being on the Swift River. Got to love history.
Appalachian Trail – Mt Washington, New Hampshire
Five photos shot without a tripod – The title of this post is nothing more than sarcastic photography advice to get your attention. Did it work? Okay, now that I have your attention, lets talk photography for a few minutes. There is a misleading belief floating around the internet that a good, and marketable, photograph can only be created when the photographer uses a tripod. This is one belief that should be taken with a grain of salt.
To obtain the best quality image, I am a strong believer in using a tripod as much as possible, but the reality is there are many situations when I do not use one. If I were to only use my camera when it was mounted to a tripod I would miss out on hundreds of photo opportunities. The included images were all handheld (no tripod).
Appalachian Trail – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Each year, I document a number of environmental issues in the White Mountains, and to start the New Year I am going to publicly share the four issues I will be documenting in 2015. The rest of my time will be focused on the scenic side of the White Mountains and New England region. This year I decided to just continue creating imagery for the visual journals that I have worked on for the last few years. Below are links to the journals.