Don’t like the weather in Vermont…

…wait 5 minutes (or 10 as is the case here) because it’s bound to change.  I love September in Vermont, the air is crisp and clear, the skies full of puffy clouds and there is a hint of fall color in the canopy.  It’s a great time to dust off the camera gear and get out and work some compositions before the real color starts in ernest.

I spent the past few nights up on Nichols Ledge in Cabot hoping to catch some dramatic light around sunset.  People that know and photograph with me know that I tend to be cursed when it comes to sunrise and sunset light and this week was no different.  On both evenings the skies were filled with beautiful clouds and held much promise for a dramatic scene at sunset.  And on each night massive storms rolled in from the west just minutes prior to the best light of the evening, scuttling my chances of a killer sunset.  I’ve included two images from last night, taken about 10-15 minutes apart to illustrate just how quickly the light and landscape can change.  The first image depicts a rather peaceful mood while the second packs a bit more drama, with a rather ominous sky.  If there is a lesson or tip here it’s to get out regardless of the forecast and stay on your toes as the light and weather change.  My original expectations for images didn’t pan out but I kept an open mind and altered the plan based on the conditions in the field.

Both images were made using a canon 5D II, 24-70 f2.8, and some graduated neutral density filters (2 stop soft for the first and 3 stop hard for the second).

vermont landscape photography

© Kurt Budliger Photography

vermont landscape photography

© Kurt Budliger Photography

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~ by kurtbudliger on September 15, 2010.

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