05.08.2020-2 Photography before senior hour

The local grocery I shop at opens for us older folks at 6 a.m. Until recently that eliminated early morning photography for me but now, with sunrise at 5:30 and earlier, there is plenty of time to do both. I choose Friday because the truck comes in Thursday night so the best odds for finding all we need is today.

I left the house with a visualized image in mind but as I drove around it became obvious that sunrise was going to be disappointing…to a degree. Eventually the northern clouds lit up but I decided to shoot the almost (98.6%) full moon over the Holyoke Range again. Looking for something I hadn’t done up there before, I headed to the remaining “twin”* maple and framed this shot.

A lot of photographers say they leave home without anything specific in mind.  I don’t see a problem with a preconceived notion as long as you are not anchored to it. If you find what you are looking for great but it is important to be flexible and open to other possibilities.

*At one time, and posted here previously, there were two large sugar maples atop Mount Pollux. The larger became diseased and had to be taken down.  This one survives and a few other saplings have been planted with thought for the future. The asterisk is both for this information and to cover my back for saying “twin”.  They really weren’t twins but had grown together.  Combined with that is the other mountain nearby, Castor, adding the notion of twins.


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 05.08.2020-2 Photography before senior hour

  1. Extremely atmospheric. I often go with a specific shot in mind, but I’m always open to whatever comes up.

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  2. Most of the time I go to a place to find out what’s there (which has often led me to lament that I can’t be everywhere simultaneously). Less often I go out in search of a specific thing, and when I do it’s usually based on something I’ve seen in a certain place before.

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    • I try to find new places where I haven’t worked before, but it is also good to go to familiar places. Getting to know a location over time often yields better images or unique views that otherwise are missed without the knowledge of the place. That may be more true of landscapes but flowers have their times of blooming and knowing where they are and when they flower, or produce fruit etc, is a good way to get sought after shots.But it is particularly rewarding to happen upon the unknown.


      • It’s also fun to discover the unknown within the known. Last week I was driving in my neighborhood and came across a densely flowering colony of four-nerve daisies on a property where I’d never taken pictures before.

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  3. Beautiful image Steve!

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  4. krikitarts says:

    That’s a great old maple. What would you estimate to be the diameter of the trunk?

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    • It is and its partner was too. This one has an issue or two but should remain for a while, maybe longer than I will. I’ve never thought about its width but I would guess around 30+ inches. Next time I am up there I’ll measure.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely glow… it’s nice to see the leaves unfurling once again. Yay!

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  6. Beautiful, Steve! Really well done.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Love the composition with the positioning of the tree and the moon.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    The colors in the sky, the distant moon and the fine tracery of branches make this a lovely image.

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