THE WHITE MOUNTAINS ARE ALMOST SYNONYMOUS WITH FALL IN NEW ENGLAND. HIGHWAYS CUTTING THROUGH THE PRESIDENTIAL RANGE OFFER AMAZING VISTAS EARLY IN OCTOBER WHILE EACH LITTLE SMALL TOWN HAS AN ICONIC COVERED BRIDGE, WHITE CHURCH OR TREE LINED GRAVEL ROAD BEGGING TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED.
Beginning at the village of Sugar Hill, we will explore the back roads that are lined with maples and dotted with farmland. We will then move to The Flume Gorge for a two-mile walk through a spectacular natural chasm discovering covered bridges, waterfalls, scenic pools and incredible mountain views. We will finish the afternoon hiking up Artists Bluff for sunset over Franconia Notch. The next morning we will begin at sunrise looking across Crystal Lake at the small white church in Eaton surrounded by fall colors on the mountainside. We will then venture on to the Kancamagus Highway for a stop at the Albany Covered Bridge, Rocky Gorge and Sabbaday Falls. We will conclude the workshop at the hairpin turn on “the Kanc” where the vista in both directions is the best in the White Mountains.
Light intensity and direction
Depth of field
Shooting in low light
Shooting fall colors
How to create sharper images
Use of filters
The answers to your questions!
12:30 PM: Arrive at Sugar Hill Sampler in Sugar Hill, NH
1:00 PM: Backroads of Sugar Hill & St. Matthews Chapel
2:30 PM: The Flume Gorge (Admission Included)
5:00 PM: Artists Bluff Sunset
6:30 PM: Workshop Ends
7:00 PM: Dinner, TBD
7:30 AM: Sunrise at Crystal Lake
8:15 AM: Albany Covered Bridge
9:30 AM: Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
10:30 AM: Sabbaday Falls
11:30 AM: Hairpin Turn/Scenic View
12:00 PM: Workshop Ends
Standing and walking on paved and gravel paths with easy to moderate inclines. Hike to Artists is 15-20 minutes and moderate in difficulty.
The walk in the Flume Gorge is two miles but easy in terms of a hike.
D-SLR or Mirrorless camera
Remote shutter release
Polarizing, ND filters & Graduated ND filters
Waterproof hiking boots for walking in shallow water
Drone (if you have one)
Try Before you Buy
The workshop starts at 12:30 AM and the meeting location is the free parking lot behind the Sugar Hill Sampler. You can use the address 21 Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill, NH with GPS coordinates of 44.215868N, -71.786874W.
David will be at the entrance to the store with his tripod up. If you are a beginner and would like to participate in an introductory Q & A on photography, please arrive by 12:15 PM.
Dave has been practicing digital environmental landscape photography for the last ten years, and film for many more. From the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont to the seacoast locations of Maine and Massachusetts, he looks for iconic images during the best seasons with incredible light. He strives for each photograph to communicate not only what is seen, but also how the location makes you feel.
Dave is a member of the Boston Camera Club where he was the 2018 Photographer of the Year. He has won numerous awards including the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Image of the Year. His images have been featured in Cape Cod Magazine 20th Anniversary Edition, the 2018 Guide to Boston, St. Augustine Social Magazine and Visit Central Mass Guide. Dave is also a blog contributor for Datacolor Photography Calibration Company.
Dave lives in Shrewsbury, MA and speaks at camera clubs throughout New England. He has published several e-books (available in our store) for self-guided tours of New England locations.
If you are looking for accommodations for this workshop, use “Conway, NH” for a city, which is 10 minutes from the dawn shoot location.
This workshop is overnight. We highly suggest booking a hotel for the evening of October 10 and booking sooner than later for the best options. This workshop takes place the Thursday before Columbus Day Weekend.