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Sometimes You Get Lucky – Fall Reflections In New England


Fall Reflections In New England

Fall Reflections At Lower Baker Pond, New Hampshire

Sometimes you get lucky.   My wife and I were driving from Acadia National Park on the Maine coast to Woodstock, Vermont.   I had researched the heck out of both those locations, but didn’t know much about what lay between.   We were very tired, on a seemingly endless secondary highway winding it’s way generally westward.   This was a remote area, towns and businesses were few and far between.   Eventually it became clear that a….ummm…..’rest stop’  was needed.    I parked on the highway shoulder as safely as possible, walked about 20 feet from the car, and there it was….a mirror smooth lake reflecting a hillside of spectacular fall foliage.   I set up the tripod and shot a few bracketed sets of exposures, one set of which was combined using Photomatix software into the HDR image above.    Google Earth provided me with the name of the lake – Lower Baker Pond.     Sometimes you get lucky, just make sure you have your camera ready.

119 responses

  1. It’s freaking awesome.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

  2. This is absolutely stunning. I learned on my road trip out west this summer that a true photographer must ALWAYS have their camera ready. You really never know what is going to appear right before you, begging for a photo. Kudos for being featured on Freshly Pressed! I’m glad to have found this blog, you’re very talented and I look forward to continue reading.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

  3. Wow that is the coolest shot. WOW! Totally deserves Freshly Pressed

    October 11, 2010 at 9:23 am

  4. NK

    Beautiful… what’s better than New England in the fall? Not much, I say!

    October 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

  5. pf

    This is beautiful. Like they say, “The best things in life are free”. You cannot put a price on the beauty of mother nature.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

  6. Beautimus.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:36 am

  7. This is spectacular! I love the shot! This is very lucky and yeah, good job! 🙂

    October 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

  8. Wow, that’s beautiful! You are lucky.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

  9. 🙂

    October 11, 2010 at 9:49 am

  10. So pretty!! Wow! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

  11. Wow! So beautiful!

    October 11, 2010 at 9:57 am

  12. That deserves to be published. Beautiful!

    October 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

  13. Wow!

    October 11, 2010 at 9:59 am

  14. This is gorgeous!!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

  15. Holy crap that picture is beautiful! Good for you for having your camera and tripod with you.


    October 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

  16. Totally beautiful! You deserve a magazine cover at the LEAST with this one!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

  17. AMAZING. Absolutely amazing.

    October 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

  18. curiousone

    This is spectacular!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:54 am

  19. Sunflowerdiva

    What a stunning picture!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

  20. Gorgeous!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:16 am

  21. Love the color in your images! I started looking through some of your others and they’re all unbelievable! You give me somethng from which to aspire… 🙂

    October 11, 2010 at 11:28 am

  22. This is so beautiful..reminds me the scene from the movie “ps. I love you”; the place where the two characters met..I know it’s not exactly the same type..but bring me the same feeling..this is awesome..You r so lucky!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

  23. Ken Bello

    Very nice work, I’m impressed!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

  24. Oh, amazing ~

    October 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

  25. amazinggg. makes me miss school and new england falls.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

  26. sayitinasong


    October 11, 2010 at 11:47 am

  27. Wow, amazing!!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:47 am

  28. Exodus

    oh my! this is stunning! you’re so lucky! great capture!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

  29. This is beautiful!! Congrats on getting Fresh Pressed too!!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

  30. Fabulous photo. My husband and I have just returned from the southern tip of Maine (lifeintheboomerlane.wordpress) Our camera is worn out from overuse!

    October 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

  31. The only word for this is Wow. This is unbelievable!

    October 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

  32. So, beautiful! I wasn’t this lucky this fall.White mountains were in a hurry shedding their leaves 😦

    October 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

  33. Lucky to have your camera ready! Amazing shot.

    October 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

  34. popscure


    October 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  35. Breathtaking!! I think that’s my dream home over there on the shore! Great job!

    October 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  36. stunning!you got lucky indeed!

    October 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  37. simplifiedlogic

    I absolutely loved this post, why don’t you drop by my site sometime?

    October 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm

  38. Congrats! Wonderful Indian summer.

    October 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

  39. Wow is that for real? Amazing picture…

    October 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm

  40. This is beautiful, Charles! What a nice symmetrical reflection!

    October 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

  41. Nice pic, slightly too saturated IMHO but an awesome pic all the same. I’ve shot a bunch of HDRs too.

    HDR Photography Paris and London, Martin Soler’s Blog

    October 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

  42. jmon

    beautiful. thanks for sharing! 🙂

    October 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

  43. NikNik

    After having checked out your galleries, I don’t think that there’s much luck involved in the creation of this image. It seems you have a great eye for composition and your skill with HDR only increases the beauty.

    Nice work!

    October 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  44. Gayle's Life Journey after 40

    That photo should be SOLD! I’m not a photographer but I appreciate the beauty in things like this. Taking pictures of nature and people are my favorite thing to do. When they come out this wonderful, I’m very proud of them and want to share it with the world! Sometimes I go as far as enlarging the print and framing it. We’ve decided the artwork in our house will be our own. We tend to appreciate it more that way! Thanks for sharing.

    October 11, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  45. Jule1

    That is, indeed, a stunning photo.

    October 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

  46. I believe that I will finish your sentence, “Sometimes you get lucky” with “…if you come prepared”. Glad you had your tripod with you. Though I love a “natural photo” I really do have to say that HDR makes things look magical. Great job.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  47. mairebran


    October 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

  48. Anonymous

    Soul fuel. Mmm. beauty.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  49. Soul fuel. mm, beauty.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm

  50. It’s so beautiful. Why run after man-made beauty when nature in itself is so marvelous? Amazing!

    October 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

  51. From one fall fan to another: That is totally perfect.

    October 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  52. Martin Martin

    The photo at Lower Bakers Pond is stunning !! Absolutely beautiful. Very good work !!

    October 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  53. I live in New England, too! It is very beautiful…

    October 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  54. I think you are using way too much HDR effect, your picture is nice but when you get to a surrealistic effect, your picture dosn’t gets that much attention from a Pro, is just a comment, you might do better!

    October 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  55. sandyvanasch

    This is so awesome! I oil paint and I could just image that on in oil on a canvas. You photograpy was splendid. Oh, the wonder of God’s creation!!!!

    Sandy Van Asch

    October 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm

  56. Wow! Such beautiful pictures!

    October 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

  57. Wonderful! Your photo reminds me of Ian Brodie’s.

    October 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  58. Spectacular photo! Another point for living in the moment!

    October 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm

  59. Tia

    Absolutely beautiful.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:06 pm

  60. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment thus far, I appreciate it very much. I am only on my second week of blogging so I confess to having had only a dim grasp of what it meant to be “Freshly Pressed” before today. Thanks to wordpress for today’s honor.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm

  61. gorgeous. . .made my day

    October 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm

  62. amazing shot!! the trees look stunning!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

  63. Louisa

    Wow this picture is something I can only dream of capturing. It’s stunning.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

  64. My brother thinks this picture is fake, but I think it’s real. How do you tell it’s real or not?

    October 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    • Well, it depends on how you define real. It’s a real lake, real hill, real trees, real reflection, I was there. This image is the result of a technique known as HDR (High Dynamic Range) where multiple exposures (3 in this case) of the same exact scene, at different exposure values, are combined in software. Depending on how you tweak the finished result, the scene can take on a sense of heightened reality, or perhaps unreality, depending on how you choose to describe it. Hope that answers your question, thanks for the comment.

      October 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  65. beautiful!

    October 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  66. That is just awesome!!

    October 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm

  67. Amazing and beautiful. There seems to almost be a reflection of the colours of the trees in the clouds as well…

    October 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

  68. Jana

    This is so VERY BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  69. This burns my eyes – in a really good way.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

  70. Fall is one of the prettiest seasons because it’s so colorful.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm

  71. Gorgeous! Congrats on the great shot and being freshly pressed!! Haven’t tried HDR yet but plan to learn.

    Kim – The Geeky Marketer

    October 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

  72. So beautiful.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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  74. That is awesome! So pretty. New england has spectacular fall foliage. It hasn’t even started here in Jersey yet. I wish you had the Facebook “like” button at the bottom of the post – I Like!

    October 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

  75. I grew up in Maine, and I moved to Texas just over a year ago. This picture is just… it’s beyond words to me. It’s more than a picture of my home, it’s like a picture of the feelings that seeing your home gives you. If that makes any sense. Thank you for sharing this!!

    October 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm

  76. wow. magnificent….

    October 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  77. Lindsay

    Absolutely beautiful! That is the reason I love fall!

    October 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

  78. Luck or whatever–fantastic shot and thanks for sharing.

    October 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm

  79. It absolutely looks refreshing! Lucky indeed to have captured that wonderful beauty of nature. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  80. This is a thing of beauty. Luck may have helped you get there, skill lead you the rest of the way. congrats on being freshly pressed.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

  81. DAMN! That’s really all I can say, so beautiful! I almost feel jealous that you got to witness that veiw!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:30 pm

  82. This is the first time I have heard about that HDR thing but whatever it is, I believe it was overused here. I wish I could see the original photo because I really think it is beautiful enough. The HDR, however, interests me. thanks!

    October 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm

  83. Xiomara

    OMG!!! This is breath taking, this is so heaviny beautiful. Love it.

    October 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

  84. Nice! I love it! Cool result. I should try this also soon. 🙂

    October 11, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  85. Unreal. It’s a wonder you made it back to the car for the camera. Beautiful shot. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    October 12, 2010 at 12:33 am

  86. Oh good God. That is so beautiful! I’m so glad that you had a camera on you. Your picture encapsulates the best attribute of Fall: the colors. 🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 2:18 am

  87. adebond

    I would love to see a non-HDR version of this image that looked more natural.

    October 12, 2010 at 2:52 am

  88. thanks for sharing

    October 12, 2010 at 4:14 am

  89. Piotrek

    Nice shot 🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 4:40 am

  90. Wonderful!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:48 am

  91. Short and somewhat like breaking news…

    October 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

  92. aaa


    October 12, 2010 at 5:51 am

  93. Really awesome

    October 12, 2010 at 7:03 am

  94. Beautiful.

    October 12, 2010 at 7:28 am

  95. lensuniverse

    Wow…now I remember why I have always wanted to visit New England!

    October 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

  96. Deina Zartman

    Congrats on the front page feature – that is amazing scene you “lucked” into! I’d love to see a non-HDR version, if you took one…

    October 12, 2010 at 7:55 am

  97. I have bookmarked for future referrence! Greetings.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

  98. Becky Sue

    That is a truly amazing photo! I, too, was in New Hampshire and Vermont this weekend and took a few foliage pictures which you can see on my blog but they certainly pale in comparison to this. Wonderful!

    October 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

  99. OMG, wow.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

  100. That’s a gorgeous photo!

    October 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

  101. Amazing shot there – really really like it – wish I could get lucky and find a scene like that sometime

    Fair dues to you for that stunning shot

    October 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

  102. Lovely photo !! Reminds me that there are still many beautiful places out there.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:16 am

  103. homesteadramblings

    makes me homesick. used to be a Raptor Center in Woodstock that housed injured birds of prey. Cool.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

  104. I know everyone has said this already but your picture is stunningly amazing. Sometimes we forget places like this exist.

    October 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

  105. OMG!!! Is this real???!!! well, if you read my post about fall… well, this is the part that I do like!

    October 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

  106. I’m hoping to have time to shoot some HDR pictures in the near future. Fall in the Northeast is awesomely beautiful. Just moved to Boston, so hoping to capitalize on that.

    October 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  107. My goodness that photos is stunning. Even I’d been that lucky and I love photography trust me – I still would have messed up that opportunity. I’m glad you were there to capture it for all of us.

    Refreshing after writing about advertising in my own blog lol

    October 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

  108. This is the best reflections photograph I’ve seen. Great job.

    October 13, 2010 at 2:46 am

  109. I love the reflections, they create beautiful balance in the picture.
    I think the HDR created a bit over saturated vibrant image, but that’s just my subjective opinion toward HDR 🙂

    October 13, 2010 at 4:43 am

  110. I moved from New England last year and I have to admit, no one does fall like New England. What a beautiful picture!

    October 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

  111. Kathy

    You have some beautiful pictures on your site. Fall is my favorite season – the cooler weather, the gorgeous colors – it makes me feel alive. I love Vermont and at one point many years ago I traveled from Maine to Woodstock, VT. I don’t remember much of that trip. But when I think of Vermont, I remember a trip we took as a family about 8 years ago. My parents purchased land in Warren and we walked on that land. At that moment, everything was perfect, sharing a special time with my husband, son, and parents, and life was good. The land is undeveloped and will probably stay that way until it’s sold. It was passed on to my brother and I when pancreatic cancer took my mom’s life. Although my dream is to live in a log cabin in the woods and Vermont would be perfect, the facts of my life will not allow this to happen. So I will remember the good times and hope to visit Vermont again with my family. Thank you for sharing your pictures. Beautiful.

    October 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

  112. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to comment. I’m glad this particular photo had such an impact on people, whether it was simply visually stimulating to them, or triggered happy memories.

    October 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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  116. Thank you very much for the comment.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

  117. Martin Martin

    Nicely done little brother !!

    April 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

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