08.03.2015 Mount Monadnock from Enfield Lookout

I posted out of order so this is a Mount Monadnock Prequel, I guess.  Taken one day earlier from a vantage point several miles to the south in Quabbin Park, there is similar light to Sunday’s post and a lot of nice layering too.  The unfortunate part is the treeline sticking up into the frame.  There was a time many years ago when they didn’t interfere as much, but now the trees have grown and it isn’t likely that they will ever be trimmed.  Their health is more important than a picture so I’m not complaining.  One must make do with what is given.  I mitigated their effect by standing on a picnic table with the tripod fully extended but even up there was not enough of an angle.  I didn’t have my ladder to stand on top of the car.  Next time.

Mount-Monadnock-from-Enfield-Lookout-080115-700WebAnd next time I will try to use a longer lens…this is 200mm, so the 300 with an extender…to concentrate just on the valley of layers and mountain.  That said, I’d prefer the scene to include the water but not the trees.


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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19 Responses to 08.03.2015 Mount Monadnock from Enfield Lookout

  1. shoreacres says:

    I always laugh when I respond in a strongly positive way to one of your photos, and then discover you fussing and fuming about exactly what it is that I like about the photo. I love the trees, and I think the photo would be less interesting without them. So there!

    That’s not to say that the reduction of the landscape to sky and hazy hills isn’t lovely, or that I don’t like those photos, too. I do. But I really like this one.

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    • Well, I don’t exactly hate them. And I have been getting a lot of grief here and on FB for even mentioning them at all. One of these days I’ll learn to keep my mouth shut…or fingers. 🙂


      • shoreacres says:

        I suspect part of the difference between your response and ours is that you knew exactly what you wanted to achieve with your photo, so you ended up experiencing — and expressing — the frustration of not reaching a goal you’d set. There’s nothing wrong with that.

        But I see only the finished product, and can only respond to the photo as it is. Ironically, my first thought was that you’d set out to include the trees, in order to differentiate this view from others.

        You don’t happen to have a friend in construction or the equipment rental business, do you? A friend in Kansas and his photographer buddies once rented a cherry picker and drove that thing out to Teter Rock, to get some elevation. This is what the rock looks like. I’ve been there, and still have a story to write about the experience. I stayed a little more earthbound, though.


      • That’s a very cool rock and nice image. I’d love to find something similar around here. I’ll look forward to your essay.


  2. jmnowak says:

    At least you have the opportunity to go back and try again…that’s the beauty of photography and to produce differing versions anyway, just for the hell of it! I like those hills and the water…nice.


    • Yes, it is nice to be close to your subject for return visits. An advantage to not traveling much. Who knows if I’ll see this light again though. It is a great vantage point and very popular later in the day…another reason to get out early.


  3. Lottie Nevin says:

    I have to agree with Shoreacres – I tend to like the things that you don’t like so much in your photographs. Anyway, here’s another beaut and the trees look perfect to me 🙂

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    • Pretty much everyone is agreeing with Linda and not me. I guess I’d pout if it weren’t for the fact that all the comments are positive. 🙂 I would like this to be a clear look like the one from New Salem for a different but similar perspective.


  4. Jim in IA says:

    In reference to your facebook comment…there likely are laws about getting publicly high in your state…trees or not.

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  5. I like the framing the trees add, but I know what you mean. There are many, many “vista points” along the Freeways, and Highways in the US that are no longer have a view due to the trees growing up in front of the spot.

    I love the compressed layers, and soft light in this image.

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  6. The trees are lovely and who cares about a few trees…. other than you. As I stated on FB? Look past the trees and see the scene in its entirety. This is not for exhibition or a photo contest and I’m with the ladies. It’s quite pretty in my opinion.

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  7. I’ll come out of my man cave and suggest hiring a local fire department’s hook-and-ladder to lift you above the tree line. That or a helicopter.


    • With my luck there’d be a 5-alarmer just as I was about to trip the shutter. One summer more than a few moons ago I lived on Nantucket and got a job with a local carpenter. We had some work to do on a roof and, as an acrophobic, I was already a bit sketchy up there as we had climbed a trellis to get on the roof. Well, he was a volunteer fireman and, as luck would have it, a call came in about a fire and we had to clamber down the trellis and fly to the scene. Nothing photographic here…just a memory which is a rare thing for me. 🙂


  8. I like the photo as it is and find the lighting to be so engaging…It is such a great image.


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