10.09.2014 Foliage Cove

I try to visit this spot every year and most times the images are pretty similar.  Once in a while there is some low fog along the shoreline and sometimes, when I am lucky which I was not yesterday, there are puffy clouds.  Clouds or not, fog or not, I like this spot and always look forward to visiting.  It’s the site of the former Morton Pond in the former town of Enfield.  When viewing the Quabbin map, it is interesting to look at the various areas that make up the reservoir and see the names of ponds that are no longer.  Of course, the same can be said for the submerged towns.

So here is an image of the spot that I call Foliage Cove.  Others may call it by another name.Foliage-Cove,-Quabbin-100914-600WebWhen the low sun hits the trees they seem on fire.  I looked at a little desaturation, but that takes away the strong sense of color that shines from these trees in the morning light.  Also, I am getting a feel for how I want to calibrate my display.  I created a new profile but will probably need to tweak it a few times.  Feel free to pass along your feelings about the appearance of the color, saturation and brightness…especially if your monitor is calibrated.  Thanks.

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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18 Responses to 10.09.2014 Foliage Cove

  1. Maybe, just maybe, a little warm? Or a bit too much orange/yellow … though I don’t think I sense any in the sky or water … well, maybe just a bit. Nice shot though. I am still waiting for fall to develop fully here. I’m hoping for some opportunity over the weekend. We shall see. You clearly have your new toy … oops, sorry … machine up and running. Congratulations. I hope it is meeting with your expectation? D


    • It is warm, David. But I think that is pretty true to the conditions…although I did have to wear gloves to start the day.
      Yes, the new Puget is up and running. I still have a lot of small details to work out, stuff that isn’t on here yet that has not occurred to me. I am pretty sure though that everything is backed up on an external so when I need it I will know where to find it. I am glad that I sprung for quality and that it lasts as would be expected. Aside from the obvious reasons, I do not wish to do this again any time too soon.


  2. The saturation is perfect to my eyes. I really like this shot. Very pretty. About the monitor. I have no idea if mine is calibrated or not but I move the screen back and forth and get the colors that are pleasing to my eye. I thought all screens did this. I always keep my screen tilted back about 15-20 degrees- my guess. It gives me deeper saturation this way.


  3. Andrew says:

    It is hard to tell whether it is too warm or saturated without seeing the original sight! It is very easy on the eye and I can qite imagine the sun creating this intensity. Looks good to me, Steve.


  4. I especially like the reflected colors of the trees in the lake. Vivid is just fine with me.


    • I wanted to be sure to keep as much of the reflection as possible without having the foreground water become the larger part of the image. I’ve always enjoyed the color of those particular trees reflected in the early morning light here. It is pretty much the same every year. I added a 6 stop ND filter to extend the exposure and ensmoothen the water. If Jim can embiggen, then I can ensmoothen. Perfectly cromulent.


      • I’ll confess ignorance. Your use of cromulent sent me searching and I discovered that it and embiggen originated in an episode of The Simpsons. You’ve also got me wondering whether any ND filters are manufactured in North Dakota; if not, I guess everyone’s been too dense (or perhaps too enselfed) to think of the idea till now.

        Coming back to your view (ah, relief), I’m wondering if you’ve ever made any photographs framing primarily the trees and their reflection, or perhaps some even more-abstract images showing just the reflected trees.


      • I do not watch The Simpson’s all that much, but I apparently watched the right ones or they are all pretty funny…..which I think may be the case.
        Yes, I have worked with just the trees, but not this year. I’ll check to see where one from the past is and post that soon.
        And, just to share a favorite moment from The Simpsons….I believe you will recognize the tune:


      • I’ve never heard that song Bach-ized the way it is here. I’ve also never understood the song’s title, but at


        I found this explanation:

        While I had the band’s ear, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get the real story behind the origins of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” I’d heard rumors about the song being based on an LSD hallucination or Hindu prayer. To my disappointment, it was nothing quite so dramatic.

        Evidently, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is what “In the Garden of Eden” sounds like after consuming a gallon of cheap red wine. After hearing then-lead singer Doug Ingle slur the words, Bushy thought it was catchy and wrote it down that way, and rock’s first heavy-metal classic was born in 1968.


      • Maybe the Simpsons writer read that and got the idea there.


  5. Jim in IA says:

    I think it looks right. Low angles of the sun have made richer colors for me than high angles. The sunlight passes through more atmosphere, scattering more of the blue end of the spectrum, leaving more reds and oranges.


    • I think the low angle also helps with reflection off the leaves, along with my polarizer, and probably helps the color appear deeper. It seems like it will illuminate but deflect rather than reflect?


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  7. shoreacres says:

    Even where fall colors can be found here, finding them tucked next to water is difficult. I like the way the water reflects the color back to the trees. Perhaps they’re able to enjoy their own beauty that way, as if looking in a mirror.


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