10.09.2019 Hemlock Trail Birches

This is the requisite trail shot near Great Meadow in Acadia N.P. I say requisite because, in addition to my annual shots, most every photographer makes his or her way here for their effort. It’s natural to visit it each time and try to find something different…the light, position, time of year. Chances are there are other images just like this floating around the web.

There was a light drizzle and the grey day didn’t offer the best light so monochrome it was.  Sometimes the color takes over and black and white offers a better chance to appreciate the trees.

Here’s another view from June 2012.

So you can ignore that title the other day referring to the last.  There might be another couple from Acadia.

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 10.09.2019 Hemlock Trail Birches

  1. shoreacres says:

    No decision needed here; they’re both delightful images. My first thought was, “One could do worse than be a photographer of birches.” Then, I re-read Robert Frost’s poem, twice, and now I think I’m ready to take on the day.

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    • Although I don’t photograph them as they are grey birches and tend to be very dirty looking, I have my own birches in the backyard and they do “swing” plenty as they are not very broad in the beam. I think I should tie Frost into my photographs as I find his poetry is very much in keeping with the joy I find in the New England woods. Time to do some reading and see if I have shots to accompany his verse.

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  2. For once I’ll give in and say black and white carries the day.

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  3. Both evocative. I can feel and smell the air as my mind’s eye, face, nose walk the trail.

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    The B&W works beautifully for this – the trees really shine out. 🙂

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  5. The second picture is lush and inviting, but to me, the B&W is much more striking

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  6. tomwhelan says:

    I like them both, but the contrasts in the B&W version are more appealing to me. Maybe that’s because there are more receding trunks visible int the B&W version…

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    • Thanks, Tom.
      The first was shot with the 100-400 and the second with the 16-35 so they should have a different tunnel view and, of course, I am sure I was situated in a different part of the trail for each. It has a wind to it so the perspective will be varied.


  7. Black and white it is for the trees. The color photo is plain and blah with no personality.

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    • No personality? 🙂 The birches are a natural for black and white as they are that on their own. Adding color does tone it down when the trees themselves rather than the path is what one is after. I think path itself is inviting for a walk while the trees are meant for meditation.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    They sure lend themselves to black and white, but the color shot is also very pretty. In that one, I like the softness of the bark on the trees up front and the way the trail meanders deep into the frame.

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    • Birches do work well in black and white. There are several spots along this section of the trail that present good compositions and I was a little deeper in the tunnel for that one. The color position does include more of the trail and the grasses were fresher too. I tried one a few years ago using the Orton effect but never really developed a taste for that treatment.

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