Like a broken record….I left the house this morning with some openings in the cloudy sky and hoping the sun would be able to get through them for a nice start to what was forecast to eventually be a rainy day. The closer I got to Quabbin, the more obvious it became that the clouds were filling the horizon. Plan B.
The shoreline of Quabbin is visible in a few spots along Route 122 in New Salem. The road is not terribly busy, so shooting at the edge can be done in relative safety as long as you pay attention…not easy for one who gets wrapped up in his subjects. But I do manage to hear approaching cars and stay safe….unless, of course, we are talking electric vehicles.
I was hoping to find a single tree with yellow leaves against an all evergreen background for a black and white composition. Instead, I found this.I think I will keep the color in this one. But if you are missing monochrome, here it is from this past March.
The techs are 5D Mark II, 300mmf/4+1.4Teleconverter+Circular Polarizer, f/8@1/4sec, ISO 100, tripod and remote. That was all the reach I have and I did crop a bit around all edges. At first I felt it would have been better to just have the birch and conical trees along with some of the upper foliage, but decided that was too much crop plus I like the hint of a possible path at the left which is so contrary to the rule of keeping interest in the frame and not leading out. As well, I think it works better within the context of the surrounds a little bit rather than filling the frame.