Ledgeview Sunrise

State/Province/Region
New Hampshire
Nearest Area
Lakes Region
Town
Gilford
Description

I had eyed this view in the spring, which was pretty colorful with the budding trees but knew the autumn view could be spectacular if peak foliage and weather cooperated. This combination in never a sure thing, which makes the pursuit exciting and challenging. I opted for visiting when the near scrub oak trees and alpine blueberry bushes were near peak, as they would be prominent in the image. While the distant hills were greener, they provided a nice contrast to the colorful near trees which worked for me. Some fog is great as it lends to the seasonal story, so long as it doesn't obliterate the view. Winds were gusty, so I took a couple of "insurance" exposures at higher ISO and larger apertures resulting in a faster shutter speed to freeze any of the midground tree's leaves and branches should they be unacceptably blurred. In this way, only tiny sections of the higher ISO image need be hand blended into the final image in order to improve large print capabilities.

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November 15, 2020