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Fall In Vermont – An Often Photographed Farm


Fall Colors On An Often Photographed Farm In Vermont

Fall Colors At One Of The Most Photographed Farm Scenes In New England


It’s sort of like trophy hunting I suppose.  I sought out this specific farm in Vermont.  Even if you don’t specifically recall, you’ve likely seen it on calendars or in books.   It’s one of those iconic scenes I felt compelled to photograph.  I must not be the only one, these folks have had to install a big electronically controlled gate to block their driveway.  That’s not a country road in the photo, it’s their private drive.   The timing seemed fortunate, as a carpet of red/orange leaves made for a nice foreground.   This is a photograph that’s been done to death, but not by me, so I enjoyed shooting it anyway.   After the trophy shot was in the bag, I tried to find another way to shoot the farm (from the public road) that would be more original.   That was only partially successful I guess, there’s a reason everybody shoots it from the driveway…it looks darn good lol.

That barn is really super attractive, and as usual if I had more time, or was able to actually get closer there might have been more success.   Below is my favorite alternate view.   Seeing these again really makes me want to go back to New England in the fall.


Vermont Barn


12 responses

  1. These colors make me happy.

    I’m not a photographer- I just know what I like. 🙂 I love the meandering path in the first photo and the straight lines in the second one.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

  2. Such beautiful colors. The fall colors aren’t in abundance here in Louisville – I blame the lack of rain. Or maybe it’s been the record high temps we’re still having. I want to be in Vermont though! It’s very pretty.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

  3. The fall colors are beautiful, but what grabs me most is the weathered wood of the buildings. The second photo is my favorite of the two – the slight roll of the hills, the differing textures, the reflective quality of the water…beautifully composed and just gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

    October 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

  4. Love the scenery. It amazes me how many leaves are on the road, haha. What type of camera do you use? And the software as well? I’ve been tampering around with Lightroom and a Canon 40D.

    October 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    • My current equipment, which is what I used for these photos, is a Nikon D700 body, and my most used lens is the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8. The second photo here of the barn only must have been taken with my Sigma 70-200 f2.8, which is a good lens also. I use Lightroom for my initial sorting and evaluating and most adjustments. I use Photoshop Elements version 6 for any additional work I need to do that Lightroom can’t. I’m not one of those Nikon vs. Canon extremists….you can’t go wrong with either.

      October 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm

  5. What an amazing autumn photo! Here (in England) I see lots of yellow and brown leaves… not many of the beautiful red ones 😦

    October 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  6. Ken Bello

    Beautiful, Charles. You were blessed with great natural light when you shot these. That light enhances the colors and detail with out washing out or becoming over-saturated. I have to say that you must know a thing or two about composition because these and shots from previous posts show a good attention to detail. Keep up the good work.

    October 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    • Ken, I know that you know your way around a camera so coming from you that means a lot. Yes, that was a nice cloudy day, soft light all around.

      October 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  7. Gayle's Life Journey after 40

    I’m very much a fan of your work. I’m so jealous that you have the different seasons there. Where I live (TX), we don’t have seasons. It’s hot a lot and when fall comes, the leaves just fall somewhat green or already brown. They aren’t ever reds and yellows. Keep up the great job!

    October 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

  8. Thanks for all the comments today, it keeps me motivated. All these New England photos I’ve been posting were taken on a photo-centric vacation two years ago, I actually live in Kansas where the fall foliage is (usually) much less interesting.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm

  9. the first shot has great colors, but I’m even more impressed by the colors in the second shot. it’s hard to make a photo sing when you don’t have fall foliage in the frame to back it up, but you manage to capture such a variety of green and wheat tones that the photo really pops

    October 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

  10. Really amazing photos and the colors really pop. I’m only an amateur, but the composition on the first is wonderful.

    October 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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