Still Learning To See

Light, leaves and water

This little stream is a magical spot near Hardwick where reflections of the high hardwood Fall foliage in the slow movement of the water send me to places I cannot even dream of.

Some years the foliage is just not as dramatically colorful as others (not the case this year!), and some years the water is too low or too high, and the light, of course, is not always perfect—too bright, too dark, too sunny or not sunny enough. But when all things come together, and I can manage to get there when all is perfect, oh my, I can easily make a couple hundred images in an hour, most well worth enjoying for a long while.

I will note, however, it is also true that, if my camera failed in some way to record even a single image, I’d not leave unsatisfied because standing in the moving water seeing the magic is just a glorious experience.

It is true the camera sees in ways they eye does not—stopped in movement—and the eye sees things the camera cannot and leads me to where I can hope, and sometimes predict, an image will work.

The Red Maple, White Ash, Yellow Birch all share their colors, and when the leaves fall, the bare branches also add their measure.

It is the water that brings it all together and, while this little stream is by no means unique, it is special in the way the water can move. But it takes being in the water—shallow, cold and slippery-bottomed—changing my point of view ever so slightly to have the image reveal itself.

And even then some are successful—by my definition—and many others not so much. The choosing which to delete and which to work with has become easier over the years, the adjustments made in Lightroom—no longer in the dark—are simple and part of my vision.

All along the way I learn to see more, everywhere, even without a camera, a gift from this little stream on a Fall day for which I am grateful.

This entry was published on October 13, 2021 at 9:42 am. It’s filed under Fall colors, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Leaves, Patterns, Photograph, Reflections, Trees, Vermont, Water, and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “Light, leaves and water

  1. Dianne Shullenberger on said:

    Loved your taking me with you on this adventure and really feeling fall in her glory. Dianne

  2. Thank you, my friend! You’d enjoy getting your feet wet there sometime. Take care.

  3. Linda Paradee on said:

    John: A beautiful collection of images….so enjoyed them. Glad to know you didn’t fall in! Linda

    Sent from my iPad, Linda Dean Paradee, cell tel. 802-793-0394


  4. Ted Strunck on said:

    Stunningly beautiful. Good work John.

  5. Karen Snell Dailey on said:

    Your desires to find Nature’s beauty through your lens gives us, the readers, delights which are comparable to what you gain wading in the stream to capture the perfect pictures. Thanks, John, for sharing your talents!

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