10.22.2013 Mount Norwottuck again

By now you know the drill…I like to repeat locations and often.  That was the case this past Sunday.  Mount Pollux is a few miles from my house and affords a lovely view of my home town…Amherst…and the Holyoke Mountain Range as well.  I especially like the view of Norwottuck from here as it has such a nice profile.  It is very different from other locations and not at all as interesting from the south.  Also it is foliage season so the colors certainly add so much to the image.

Composing is always the key to an image.  Uh, light is always key followed by composition.  Oh, focus is important too. Lots to consider, but in this case it was the composition that I wanted to emphasize. You can decide to do an “in your face” composition or show your subject in the context of its environment.  For this image I chose the Mount Pollux environment to frame Norwottuck giving the eye a lot to look at but showing you just what my subject was…the mountain.  The light was sweet…just a few minutes past sunup…well, more than a few, but the sun had to climb over the Pelham Hills before it could illuminate our valley.  Some nice sumac reds and a little backlit yellow for good measure.Norwottuck-from-Pollux-102013-900WebEnough of my prattle.  I hope you enjoy the view.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 10.22.2013 Mount Norwottuck again

  1. Just Rod says:

    Very nice composition Steve. The reds really add interest. Thanks for the helpful description of your thinking process in making this image.
    I like the subject in its setting approach. Very effective


  2. Lyle Krahn says:

    You can tick off a few boxes for the things that went right on this photo!


  3. Andrew says:

    A very successful theory turned into practice. Light, camera, inaction. I could use some of that sun here. No sign yet. Love the composition Steve.


  4. The colorful sumacs in a row at the right make a good counterbalance to the large tree at the left.

    Your mention of Mount Pollux sent me scrambling to the Internet to see if there’s a Mount Castor in your area as well, and it seems that there is. Thus does classical mythology live on in Massachusetts.


    • Mount Castor is not nearly as scenic as Pollux, Steve. I once called the two trees on Pollux…I’ll post them shortly…twins and was soundly corrected as they are not. But it was just a joke considering the name.


  5. Phil Lanoue says:

    Super view and you made the most of it!


  6. This is a marvelpous photo, Steve. Everything about the photo is appealing. I envy those fall colors. We only get smatterings of beauty such as that.


  7. Office Diva says:

    I’m with Yvonne; offer your prayers of gratitude to Castor, Pollux, papa Zeus, the constellation of Gemini, and of course the One Upstairs for your lovely display of foliage. The view outside my window= 40% Live Oaks; 58% Cedars, and one Hackberry. Oak leaves know one trick, they jump off ze branch. The cedars are green year round, except for that FUN period when some of them change to a reddish hue and then they spray us with their lovely pollen and everyone cries and sneezes and wheezes for a few months. This is not what one wants for “changing of colors”.

    There is a state park (Lost Maples S.P.) a couple of hours from here with maple trees. It’s kind of the only place to see many of these kinds of trees in one place. There might be one here or there in a subdivision somewhere, but you just don’t see them often. I am waiting for the weekly foliage report to change (even now, our trees are stubborn), because so far, not much is going on because it’s been hot, and we need colder weather for the leaves to change. I’m ready!

    So that’s how you do it—-Light, Composition. Focus? Jeepers, I just point and mash the button and hope for the best. :O)

    I am glad we can live vicariously through your camera lens for autumn. I adore that fiery orange color. Lovely shot!


    • Sometimes point and mash works, Diva. Like in your stairway image. Some very good images are made that way. But adding a bit of that other stuff increases the success rate. 🙂

      Many years ago my brother moved to the Bay area in CA. He sent me a “Parade” feature where a local photographer set his tripod in the same spot in each of the four seasons. It was a very nice study in green and brown. We are indeed fortunate to live in an area with such a strong and widespread autumn display of color as the chlorophyll breaks down and the tannins take over.

      I hope Lost Maples S.P. provides you with a nice show.


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