In 1965, Leslie Gore crooned “Its my Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To.” Well. Its my Blog and I’ll brag if I want to :-). Or Plug. In 2012, I published my first e-Book: Photographing Vermont’s Fall Foliage.
This book is a one-of-a-kind resource for photographers seeking guidance on how to find and get to some of the best photography opportunities in the world.
Photographers, it is time (if not already too late) to plan your fall foliage trip and there is no better destination than Vermont, nor better shooting guide than Photographing Vermont’s Fall Foliage. We are just a month away from September 15 and the beginning of the 2016 season!
I have traveled to Vermont during its foliage season (generally between September 15 and October 15) for many years. I lived there for about 4 years back in the 1970s. Returning in the 2000’s to photograph there, I was disappointed and surprised to find very little real useful information about shooting locations and conditions. There are a number of very good books by some top-drawer professional photographers, but they seemed to either be designed primarily to showcase the writer’s own work, or to concentrate too narrowly on a geographic region, or type of image.
In the early years of my trips, I began to keep notes of not only the shooting conditions, but specific directions for locating the shooting vantage point, parking, and time of day considerations. Over time this morphed from my personal notes, to a PDF document offered on my first website, to its culmination in the e-Book in 2012. Due for a refresh in 2017, my friend, talented photographer, and sometime Vermont resident, Carol Smith, will be joining me as co-author. We will be adding new destinations to the book (many of which she has found and shown me, including the Burton Hill Road farm shot above).
This Blog is designed to promote my book and to give a few examples of the near-unlimited photographic opportunities Vermont offers.
There are a large number of barn scenes, and “New England” churches and villages to be photographed in Vermont.
Vermont also has the distinction of being one of the states with the most wooden covered bridges (I believe it ranks third) in the U.S. Many of these bridges are very photogenic.
For Waterfallers, there are hundreds of great falls; many of them virtually unknown. The mountain brooks and streams provide many exploring and shooting opportunities.
There are also numerous small lakes and ponds creating reflection, cloud and atmospheric opportunities.
Vermont also has a large number of state parks and recreational facilities.
I hope you will visit the eBook page and go to your favorite online retailer (the book is available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble and Kobo, among others), and download this guide. Comments and reviews are very much welcome. Hope to see you out there somewhere this fall!