Finding a Niche
I recently gave a photography lesson to someone who was trying to figure out just ‘what’ to take pictures of. This got me me thinking about ‘finding a niche’. For me I knew early on that my favorite subjects were landscapes, nature and things from the past. These are the subjects my fine art photography portfolio is full of … the things that I keep going back to time, and time again. Recognizing that I had a fondness for these subjects did not stop me from exploring many other subjects and forms of photography over the years. Having the patience to find your niche is important … I don’t think it can be forced. My advice to those who might be searching for a direction would be to explore it all and what you love will rise to the surface all on its own. These days, feeling less of a need to photograph it all, I am more content that the things I was drawn to from the very beginning of making photographs are indeed ‘my niche’.
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Part VI – The End
On the way home my friend and I planned on stopping at the picturesque, red barn we had visited earlier in our adventure. We were also hoping to find and photograph a couple of abandoned houses we saw while following our caravan a few days before. This time the barn scene offered diffused light and I worked the view choosing several different vantage points. My two favorites are displayed below. We passed through a canyon area and decided to stop at a place where the autumn colors clinged to a sheer cliff, with pond reflections below. Back on the road we immediately recognized the homely, little green shack we spotted before, sitting all alone in a field beside the mountains. Then, just a short distance down the road we found the other house that caught our attention. For this one we needed our long lenses to avoid trespassing. It was wonderfully weathered! Not wanting our trip to end, we continued to explore a bit without much success before finally heading home, and ending our Awesome Adirondack Adventure.
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Part V – Day Four
On our last full day in the Adirondacks we were greeted with a dramatic light show. The fog and colors of sunrise changed quickly from one moment to the next keeping our shutters busy. Whiteface Mountain was exposed only for a short time before it was blanketed by the fog rolling across the lake. After breakfast we visited our barn again to capture it in the cloudy, diffused light we were presented with on this day. On our way to the Tupper Lake area we went to a spot where we could see what is referred to as the ‘high peaks’. Along our travels we stopped at a swamp that caught our eye before coming to a spot where some kayakers were setting off for an adventure all their own. Tupper Lake was outlined with vibrant autumn color and the ‘little island’ pictured below was a highlight for all. It started to rain and I was having trouble keeping my eyes open while my friend shuttled us back to our hotel in the dreary weather. That night we had one last dinner together before heading home the next morning. Looking back it seemed like a long time ago that we had started our adventure in Schroon Lake, even though it had only been a few days.
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Part IV – Day Three Continued
In addition to the spots in my previous post, we visited some barns, a waterfall flume and the top of Whiteface Mountain on our third full day. On our way out of town that morning we went back to a barn we had seen the previous afternoon. Then after shooting at Connery Pond we stopped at a waterfall flume where the Ausable River rushed through steep canyon walls. Finding a good vantage point was challenging (and a little dangerous). From there we went to Jay Bridge and on the way back explored a group of abandoned barns before stopping for lunch. After eating and resting we headed up to Whiteface where we enjoyed a 50 mile visibility view. The haze in the distance proved to be a little challenging in processing the images. I hope you can get a sense of the view. Our trip was two half (travel) days and and four full days and I was feeling the impending end to our Adirondack Adventure as I snapped my last shot of the day. The next day would be our last full day before heading home.
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While processing my images from the Adirondacks is taking some time … please enjoy this interlude of peak autumn color. These were shot on the 3rd full day of the trip and just seemed to go together because of the colors. The mountain across Connery Pond in the first two images is Whiteface Mountain, the tallest mountain in the ‘high peaks’. Images from the top of the Whiteface and some other spots we visited that day will be highlighted in my next post.
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Part III – Between Schroon Lake & Lake Placid
Our first full day in the Adirondacks was spent around the Schroon Lake area. We woke before sunrise and just as our B&B host had warned us, it was foggy (before we explained to her that we ‘like’ fog). On this particular morning it was so thick it concealed any hint of color a sunrise might bring to the small beach area we visited. I was thankful for the blue boat on the beach providing a center of interest against the moody fog. At a nearby park and boat landing I searched for something that interested me and found some spider webs with droplets clinging to them. It was quite windy so I boosted my ISO, shutter speed and patience and got some images that are pretty sharp. After a wonderful breakfast back at the B&B, the fog lifted and we were greeted by bright autumn sunlight. We meandered on some roads recommended by our host and made images that were all about bright autumn colors. That night the sunset was a cloudless disappointment so we stayed at our location on the shores of Paradox Lake to watch twilight and the stars appear. I was able to capture some stars before the colors of sunset disappeared.
The next morning we went to the other side of Paradox Lake for sunrise. It was a beautiful spot and we had it all to ourselves. After the sun lifted above the trees it lit the opposing bank in a colorful autumn display. And, of course along our travels stopping at any and all deteriorating buildings was a must. After another wonderful breakfast we headed to our next destination, Lake Placid, where we would stay for the next 3 nights. We stopped at a beautiful waterfall that was right beside the road and got dangerously close to the edge to frame our compositions. Along the way my friend spotted an old barn that was positioned in the perfect setting. It was a popular spot and we took our time to shoot every angle possible! We scouted around the Lake Placid area the rest of the day, rested back at the hotel and after dinner went out for a fun, night photography session!
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Part II – Warming Up
We arrived at our first destination at Schroon Lake in the afternoon, met up with the rest of our group of six and checked into our B&B. We didn’t want to waste any time so we quickly headed out to our first location, which included a short hike to a secluded pond. We shot there for a little while, warming up our cameras and photographer’s eyes before heading out to find a spot for sunset. While scouting I spotted an old fashioned general store and my friends agreed it would be a good subject. We drove along the shores of the lake and looked for a spot that would allow us to shoot the sunset and found one that included a small beach. The sunset was a quiet one and it provided a nice end to the first day of our six day adventure.
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