04.30.2019 Return to a Vernal Brook

This is a brook I have visited a number of times over the years, often finding it dry as a bone once summer rolls around. With all the rain we’ve been having, and a forecast that indicates more to come, it may last into the fall this year.  We’ll see about that.

I set out this morning for a walk along the Norwottuck Rail Trail, and a chilly walk it was as we got below freezing for the first time in several days. I will post from that soon, but I was very happy afterwards, upon deciding to drive to Quabbin before heading home, to see what had been in my mind’s eye for the last few days.

I don’t usually choose to shoot in mixed lighting, but this works for me.

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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15 Responses to 04.30.2019 Return to a Vernal Brook

  1. Dappled lighting can be a pain. You did a good job of keeping it under control here. Maybe someday there’ll be camera sensors with the dynamic range of our eyes, or even better.


    • I don’t know if that is possible, at least not in our foreseeable future, but I promised Mary Beth I’d use the present 5D Mark II until something came along that could handle the dynamic range that covers what I presently have to do by bracketing. Sometimes the limit of three exposures that Canon gives me isn’t enough so I’ll do multiple manual exposures for about everything that requires a more accurate value. Now there is something that would have been more difficult and expensive with film.


  2. tomwhelan says:

    Pretty stepwise flow, I like the dappled light. The green foliage is a nice addition as well.


  3. shoreacres says:

    I like the smaller brook, and the more delicate flow. It feels more approachable: a place that I’d enjoy exploring. I came across mixed lighting in the piney woods a week ago, and was completely flummoxed. It’s quite a different situation than cloudy prairie vs. sunny prairie. This is quite appealing, especially with the mix of pine needles and new, green growth.

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    • Thanks, Linda. Mixed lighting is a challenge. Sometimes it requires combining images exposed for the different intensities but this was able to be captured in one shot. It did require some processing to control the brighter areas and open the shadows a touch. Soon, besides the skunk cabbage and false hellebore you see now, there will be jack-in-the-pulpits and loads of ferns.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    It does work, it’s so pretty, and cheerful. And here comes the skunk cabbage! Always a good sign. What’s the lily over on the right?

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    • I imagine most people, if not all, just drive or walk right by this without paying it much attention. Sometimes cars slow down to see what I am up to and if they ask are surprised that I am just photographing water. The majority of folks who drive through here are looking for deer. It helps them obey the speed limit. 🙂

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, I read the reply to Linda – False hellebore. Nice!

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  6. melissabluefineart says:

    The mixed lighting is nice, as well as the peek at distant trees.

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    • I enjoy this spot a lot and will probably visit again soon. Although we have abundant brook flows currently, they are bound to dry up by July and August. I don’t usually like to have mixed lighting but this was not too intense.

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