Brookline, NH Covered Bridge

A small pedestrian covered bridge in Brookline, NH. Shot in the summer at low water level.

A small pedestrian covered bridge in Brookline, NH. Shot in the summer at low water level.
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Coveboy53 August 24, 2016
Love the covered bridges you have in the US and Canada, some have been found in S.E. Asia? I great shot from a beavers eye view.
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MiguelMartins December 18, 2016
Congrats beautiful photo :)
henrigamache_1065 May 25, 2020
thanks for entering my challenge congratulations.
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in Brookline, NH (southern part of the state) in the creek below the Nissitissit Covered Bridge, which is a pedestrian only covered bridge.
This photo came from the result of an interesting journey while travelling for work. I was flying into Boston, Logan Airport in the afternoon the day before I had a scheduled work trip planned outside of Boston. Knowing this, I had scouted out a few locations for getting some photos in before heading to my hotel and going to bed for work the next day. The locations were: Purgatory Falls, Garwin Falls, and the Nissitissit Bridge (all in New Hampshire). If you're unfamiliar with Logan Airport in Boston, as I myself was being from small town Canada, you should know that it's confusing as hell to get out of: 1. Because you're in the middle of a busy metropolitan area in a car you don't know (Kia Forte) 2. I swear there's no way to get into or out of Logan without taking a tunnel and getting completely disoriented. After grabbing a rental car and loading up Purgatory Falls as the destination in my GPS, I headed out. My GPS promptly lost its signal and I just drove crossing my fingers through busy, dimly lit tunnels, just trying to get on any interstate headed north. Eventually, we got above ground and my GPS had me headed in the right direction... and hit gridlock. After sometime, the traffic got moving again, and I eventually got out of MA, and into NH, which was much more my kind of driving. After arriving at the Purgatory Falls parking, and getting pointed in the right direction of the trail head by a very nice State Trooper, I was ready to shoot... except that it was a historically dry summer and the falls were just a trickle. I walked the length of the trail hoping for some great shot, but found none. Time to head out. I skipped Garwin Falls, fearing the same lack of water and headed to my final destination, Nissitissit Bridge. By this time, the light was fading, and I was somewhat unhappy that my half day of shooting was turning up as a bust. But, as I arrived by the covered bridge, my delays earlier in the day were a silver lining, evening was coming about, and with it, some nice light coming through the trees. I took out my camera and tripod and got down into the creek bed to start shooting.
The lighting that evening was perfect, the sun was streaming through the trees, backlighting the bridge, and I was all alone in the creek bed to take it all in. The light was fading, but even so, with the long exposure of 30s I wanted, I needed to use my ND filter to avoid washing out the shot. This resulted in the contrast you see in the image, of the sun coming through the trees, and the dark rocks and water below.
This was shot with my previous DSLR, a Nikon D3200 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens, a Manfrotto travel tripod and a cheap Polaroid variable ND2-2000 filter. The ND filter works very well at the lower end, but I can never get it to stop distorting at ND2000. It goes to show that even with entry level equipment, you can still take decent shots!
I wanted to shoot something different that we don't have back home. The covered bridges of New England are so iconic that I wanted to get a shot of one from below with the water silky smooth from a long exposure shot. I'd say that this is a good start, but if I'm ever back in New England, I will find another and try to top this!
Yes! Because this was shot in fading light, the rocks and other aspects of the shot were darker than I wanted. I lightened up the shadows of the image and increased local contrast of the shadows and midtones. Lastly, I increased the colour vibrancy so that the green of the trees and red of the bridge would be stronger.
In my camera bag
Things have changed in my bag radically since this photo was taken. My new kit consists of a Nikon D7100 with four lenses: the kit 18-55 VR, the Micro 40mm (which this photo was shot with), a Nikon 50mm E-Series lens (eq. 75mm on DX sensor), and an FX 24-210mm Nikon "The Streetsweeper" (eq. 36-180mm on DX sensor). I also have a variable ND filter an Manfrotto tripod to round out the kit. If I'm shooting at home, all I take is the camera and one lens, but if I' travelling I'll take the whole kit with me. My next acquisition will be a Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens!
If you're travelling to a new location, have a plan, or idea of where you want to go and what you want to shoot. When you have limited time, you have to make the most of it. If you're on a budget or don't have a roaming data plan, find an app that allows you to download offline maps, I wouldn't have found this location without it! And when you do get to where you're shooting, make the most of what you have to work with. Change your subjects and angles accordingly to make the most of the current lighting and conditions. Last of all, never underestimate the power of your standard camera kit lens. I tripod is handy for long exposure shots like these, but not required. If you don't have one, find a rock or stump, etc. that you can put your camera on and shoot using the timer - it's just as effective in a pinch!

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