Fishing for Foliage

Yesterday I was out in search of an enterprise photo and with the fall foliage starting to take shape across the state I stopped at a couple places in Middlefield to see what was out their for leaf peeping. My first stop was at Black Pond just off Rt 66.

I like popping in here because the entrance to the fishing area is elevated which gives me a nice upper perspective for the reflections I’m searching for. The lily pads in the foreground give a little texture to compliment the calm waters where a group of swans swim away. The foliage on the western side of Beseck Mountian is very rocky but when the leaves are in color the contrast is nice.

When I drove around to Beseck Lake I ran into Ted Knap of Middlefield as he was preparing to test his new “Caddis” floating fishing vessel. He attached a small electric trolling motor which allows him to slowing move around the pond. As he moved away from the boat launch he wound up in an area that gave me an interesting shot. Using a 70-200 mm lens set at 110 allowed me to capture him with both the foliage of Beseck Mountain and the blue sky and puffy clouds at the same time giving the illusion he is either floating on the colorful leaves or above the clouds.

Today I’m headed to Middletown to take a boat ride up the Connecticut River with Capt. Steven Wheeler who will be offering foliage tours out of Harbor Park this fall. I’ll let you know how I make out.

Pro Tip: Fall foliage is a great time to take photos. I generally like to shoot after a rain because the colors are so much more saturated, the roads add more contrast and light can be very striking if the clouds are billowy and the sun is low in the sky. I also like to shoot with the sun behind the foliage, or backlit, which also makes the colors pop.

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