08.11.2016 New Salem fog

There was a “crowd” at the Lookout Sunday morning, so I went looking elsewhere and came up empty.  As I drove by a second time on the way home, I noticed conditions were still interesting, sans people, so stopped and made a couple of images.

Looking northward towards New Hampshire.

Foggy-Harris-Hill-and-Pack-Monadnock-080716-800As the sun climbed a bit higher, looking eastwards

North-Quabbin-Valley-in-fog-080716-800In both cases we are studying layering effects on the landscape.  Both are effective, I think, and I guess which is preferred would be a matter of taste.

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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16 Responses to 08.11.2016 New Salem fog

  1. First one! Wait, maybe the second….I’m glad you went back.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I think, if I were walking a gallery, I’d pass by the first photo fairly quickly, but the second would stop me, just as it has here. The sense of flow is wonderful. Have you ever been sitting in a car in a parking lot when the car next to you begins to back out, and it feels as though you’re the one who’s moving? That’s what this photo feels like. While it’s surely the fog that’s moving, it feels as though it was the hills that were moving, and you managed to stop them: just for a moment.

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    • There are photographs where we use a long exposure, either the light itself requires it or by adding a neutral density filter, to allow the clouds to move and create the sense of movement in the sky. There are other uses but that’s the one I employy. As far as the earth moving, that’s a reaction I haven’t felt in this image but I always look forward to how you see things which gives me a fuller sense of what I have created.


  3. The second one did it for me, with all those shades of blue and blue-grey.

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  4. Sue Cloutier says:


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  5. I’ll vote for the second … nice color gradations, and the way the ground mirrors the sky is nice too. Well done.

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    I’ll add my voice in picking the second, though the first has a more subtle and simple feel. The first feels more quiet. Huh, maybe I am picking the first. I suppose it would depend on my mood. Either way, I think this is a perfect example of the benefits of persistence and returning again and again to the same locations. I also understand perfectly your decision to move on until the crowd cleared. I have a habit of doing that myself. Very nice images.


    • Some days I don’t mind being in the company of others while photographing but most often I prefer not. I guess I am just too easily distracted and do much better work when alone.

      I am happy with both images. What the first does for me is express the various layers of both content and tone along with some nice overlapping angular design. It’s a very familiar view as I have been here countless times, so I am possibly seeing more as a result.

      Thanks for commenting, Todd.


  7. BuntyMcC says:

    The second one looks like winter with snow being blown by ground level winds. During this heat wave (I’m in southern Ontario this week) it’s a welcome image!

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  8. krikitarts says:

    When I first looked at the two side-by-side (well, actually top-by-bottom), my attention was drawn more to the second, but the first deserves its own fair share of study and, when the (initially more dramatic) color image is out of the picture, as it were, its own merits become clear. I’d rather not have to choose a preference, but appreciate the values of both. Which I do!

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    • Thank you, Gary. Each does have its merits and I am happy you see that. While the color definitely grabs one’s immediate interest, the monochrome has those layers and tones that made me excited.


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