11.28.2020 If you are not there then you won’t see it

I was ambivalent about going out yesterday morning. The promised fog had dissipated and the overcast did not bode well for a nice sunrise or decent light. But I went out to see what I could see and see something I did.

I’ve posted this view many times but there is always the chance for something different.  In this case although the sky was mainly filled with clouds, there was that always hoped for gap at the horizon the offers some nice light.  As I drove toward Quabbin Park the bottoms of the clouds that were all crowded together across the sky were slightly lit up by the warm light and I thought I’d not see any of that color when I reached my destination. That seemed the case when I arrived at the Enfield Lookout but for a few brief moments some of the color glanced across the top of the valley fog and I was prepared for it while just focussing on the fog and Monadnock’s top. The shaft of light hitting the foreground cove was a nice addition. This was shot with the 100-400 plus a 2.0 teleconverter which gave me 426mm (didn’t really need the TC) and compressed 40 miles into something a bit closer in appearance.

It was a wow moment for me and I hope the image conveys that.


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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32 Responses to 11.28.2020 If you are not there then you won’t see it

  1. I thought ‘wow’ too when I saw your photo. Water, trees, mountain and sky all working so well together.

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  2. It hardly seems like 40 miles.

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  3. shungphotography says:

    Nice capture, I like the composition of all elements in the image!

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  4. Littlesundog says:

    There’s so much to love about this image. Very soothing. That shaft of light really showcases the sleepy woodlands.

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  5. Magnifique! So many mornings I’ve wanted to stay in my cold tent, tempted to keep my bag pulled tightly over my head, but forced myself to get out before dawn, just in time to capture yet another slice of God’s art in a brilliant sunrise. Yes, you first must give yourself the opportunity by being there.

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    • It’s almost…almost…always worth leaving the warm confines. I come home empty often enough but when there is a reward it’s very worth it. OTOH, I wake at 3 whether I want to or not so that does make it a bit easier. Thanks, Bob!


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice one, Steve. Those brief moments in time that are gone in an eye blink!

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  7. Mike Powell says:

    Wonderful image, Steve, a perfect example of why nature photographers will return to the same spots over and over again–each time it is a little different and offers new possibilities.

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    • Absolutely, Mike. Most advice tells us to get acquainted with out location so we can catch something unique and thoughtful. Thanks!


      • Mike Powell says:

        It is one of the reason why locals have better chances of capturing amazing shots than visitors. I think about that when I am tempted by some of the high dollar photographic expeditions that I see advertised. There are so many variables out of our control when we choose to photograph nature.

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      • Fortunately I am not in the position for that kind of expense so there is little temptation. It can be a challenge to find spectacular around here in these old woods and vistas are hard to come by with so much land developed. But when you do find something it is very rewarding and sometimes even quite unique like this.


  8. shoreacres says:

    I’m especially taken by the bands of purple climbing up the hillsides. It’s almost beautyberry purple, and quite unusual. It’s odd; it seems that the longer I look at the image, the more vivid the colors become.

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    • It’s interesting that you mention looking longer. I just had that experience with the moon only it was my eyes adjusting to the brightness so I could see the details. All the colors of the spectrum are available and it just depends on what reflects and what is absorbed according to the sun’s angle through the atmosphere.

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  9. melissabluefineart says:

    Definitely a wow moment. Getting out there was definitely the thing to do!

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  10. Well worth the decision to go out. I love that the little cove is lit up and the rough waters and purple hillside leads your eye zig-zagging up to the top. Then I settle on that pink fog!

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  11. Ann Mackay says:

    Your fog is much prettier than ours! (No pink here.)

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  12. Jane Lurie says:

    Excellent, beautiful layers of color and light, Steve. A special moment of reveal to capture. Agree, that shaft of light on the water’s edge makes it even more enthralling.

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  13. Great image Steve! Enjoy seeing your images!

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  14. krikitarts says:

    Again, patience and perseverance richly rewarded. What a sweet palette of watercolor warmth.

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