New England Fall Foliage season has arrived and autumn is one of the photographer’s most favorite times. When the leaves change colors across New England and the canopies display their glorious fall colors it is time to take out the camera and go on a road trip. This blog post compiles examples of beautiful New England covered bridges and waterfalls surrounded by fall foliage and the story behind each image – enjoy!
Note: All images are from previous years. To see more visit the NEPGuild Covered Bridge page.
Title: Screw Auger Falls in Fog
Photographer: Thomas Gaitley
Location: Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, Maine
Time of day: Mid-afternoon
Photo Gear: Nikon D800 with Nikkor 16-35mm f/4.0 lens
Camera Settings: 22mm @ f/19, 0.3 second shutter speed, ISO 200
Buy a Print: Tom Gaitley Photo Prints
Background: This was taken on my first visit without any pre-planning and working with the light and weather that Mother Nature decided to provide that day. Overcast days really pose a challenge for super-wide landscapes. Usually, on those days I take advantage of the diffuse light to shoot close with a longer telephoto or a macro lens. One exception is waterfalls.
Overcast days, especially wet ones, are my favorite shooting days for waterfalls in foliage season. It’s like wearing a pair of “color saturation” glasses and the diffuse, less intense light allows for a slower shutter speed and creamy, blurred water. This shot of Screw Auger Falls in Grafton Notch State Park, Maine, is the perfect example of why I like to go out on these days when many others stay home. This waterfall is only a few, very easy minutes from the parking area. On a day like this, I wasn’t fighting the usual crowds. And, then I had the special added treat of fog. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Title: Clark’s Trading Post Railroad Covered Bridge
Photographer: Liz Mackney
Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire
Time of Day: October 11, 2008 @ 1:26 PM
Photo Gear: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm
Camera Settings: ISO 200, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec.
Fine Art Prints Available: Liz Mackney Gallery
Background: Clark’s Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire, has something for everyone. As you can see, there is certainly a wonderful historic covered bridge to capture your attention, and fall foliage definitely makes it a must-see during those autumn drives through the White Mountains. In a nutshell, these combined scenic elements – along with the winding railroad tracks into the colorful foliage background – make this a picture-perfect New England destination!
Title: Mount Ascutney, the Connecticut River, and the Windsor Cornish Covered Bridge Autumn Morning
Photographer: John Burk
Location: Connecticut River, Cornish, NH / Windsor VT
Time of day: Sunrise
Photo Gear: Canon t3i, 18-55 mm lens, tripod
Camera Settings: 55mm, f/22, 3/5 second, ISO 100
Buy a Print: John Burk – Artwork Collections
Background: The view of Mount Ascutney and the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge over the Connecticut River is a classic New England scene with many distinctions. The Connecticut River is New England’s longest river, Mount Ascutney is the highest point along its 400-mile course, and the bridge is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States and the world’s longest two-span covered bridge. The bridge, which connects Cornish NH and Windsor VT, was built in 1866 and is entirely owned by the state of New Hampshire. This image was taken from the east side of the river in Cornish at sunrise on an autumn morning when the river is often fogbound.
Title: Campbell Falls, In Fall
Photographer: Kim Carpentier
Location: Campbell Falls State Park, on the border of Norfolk, Connecticut and New Marlborough, Massachusetts
Time of day: Mid-morning
Photo Gear: Nikon D800, Nikkor 16-35 f/4 lens, carbon fiber tripod, VU filter system with Sion Circular Polarizer, Singh-Ray 2 Stop Soft Grad
Camera Settings: 22mm, 8 Seconds at f/20, ISO 50
Buy a Print: Kim Carpentier Photo Collection
Background: Campbell Falls State Park was a gift to the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield, Connecticut. The Falls is approximately 62 feet high with a double plunge. It is easy to get to and very beautiful, but quite remote. If you visit, bring a friend!
Title: Down to the Bridge
Photographer: Jeffrey Newcomer
Location: Green River, Guilford, Vermont
Time of day: Afternoon
Photo Gear: Canon 5D Mark II 24-105mm, tripod, polarizing filter
Camera Settings: 60mm, f/22, 0.4 second, ISO100, Focus Stacked
Everything New England in One Place
Background: Green River is a classic New England village, and one of my favorite places to shoot in southern Vermont. It has a covered bridge, a waterfall, and a lovely bed and breakfast, all overlooked by a traditional white church. This was captured from a corner of the churchyard.
Title: Groton Falls
Photographer: Jim Block
Location: Groton, Vermont
Time of day: Morning
Photo Gear: Nikon D800, 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, polarizer, tripod
Camera Settings: 24mm, f/9, 0.6 second, ISO100
Buy a Print: Jim Block Photography
Background: This is a 7-shot panorama. You can read about this spot and see more photos I took there here.
Title: Profile Falls
Photographer: Juergen Roth
Location: Profile Falls, New Hampshire
Time of day: Morning
Photo Gear: Canon 7d, 10-22mm, polarizer, split ND filter, tripod
Camera Settings: 10mm, f/22, 1.3 seconds, ISO100
Fine Art Prints: Juergen Roth Galleries
Background: This waterfalls photography image was taken at Profile Falls on one of my photo tours to New Hampshire and the White Mountains. This scenic New England waterfall is located off NH Route 3A near Bristol and the White Mountains region. I climbed atop the waterfall to capture Profile Falls with its surrounded by fall foliage peak colors. The morning sun beautifully painted the autumn hues in spectacular colors. I used a split neutral density filter to overcome the high contrast between the shaded waterfall and the sun-filled leaves. A polarizing filter eliminated glare on rocks and leaves while also extending the shutter speed, thereby allowing to capture the tumbling water as silky white streams.
A small aperture of f/22 provided the desired depth of field and supporting a long exposure time of 1.3 seconds at ISO 100. During routine post processing I cleaned up the picture off imperfections and dust spots, minimally adjusted contrast, lighting and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Profile Falls. Good light and happy photo making!.
Title: New England College Covered Bridge
Photographer: Scott Snyder
Location: Henniker, New Hampshire
Time of day: Morning
Photo Gear: Canon 5d mk iv, Canon 70-200, tripod, polarizing filter, tripod
Camera Settings: 165mm, f/10, 1/10 second, ISO100
Fine Art Prints: Scott Snyder Artwork
Background: A five-minute walk from home, I photograph the NEC covered bridge in all seasons and all weather.
Title: West Cornwell Covered Bridge
Photographer: Jonathan Steele
Location: Cornwell, Connecticut
Time of day: Late afternoon
Photo Gear: Canon 6D, E24-70mm f/4 IS USM
Camera Settings: 30mm, f/9, 1/3 second, ISO50
Fine Art Prints: Jontahan Steele Artwork
Background: The West Cornwall Covered Bridge along Route 7 in Cornwall CT is a 172-foot bridge that spans the Housatonic River. Originally built, possibly as early as 1762, the bridge was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The current bridge was built in 1864 and was modernized to handle more traffic in 1968 and 1973. Photographing the bridge offers many angles from which to choose, earlier in the foliage season you can shoot from along the river where foliage will tend to turn a bit earlier and then from within the town of Cornwall where foliage above the river will turn somewhat later. This image was taken on Oct 25, 2014.
Title: Slaughterhouse Covered Bridge in Autumn Colors
Photographer: Jeff Folger
Location: Northfield Falls Vermont
Time of day: Sunny afternoon
Photo Gear: Canon 50d, 24-124mm, handheld
Camera Settings: 28mm, f/8, 1/60 second, ISO400
Fine Art Prints: Jeff Folger Artwork
Background: There are five covered bridges in Northfield Vermont and the Slaughterhouse Covered Bridge is just one of them. My Dad went to Norwich University Class of 49 and I drove him up there one day to let him explore the campus (they have women there now) 🙂 On a subsequent trip Lisa and I were driving through and she said “you know there are a bunch of covered bridges in this area. So began the exploring…
If you want to read about the Northfield 5 (as I’ve coined the term) visit Jeff-foliage.com to read about Five covered bridges you may have missed. The reason I say you may have missed in the article is that like so many other covered bridges they are bypassed by other roads. Luckily 4 of the 5 are traveled by locals on a daily basis, so if they do get a bit run down they get fixed and are never quite forgotten.
There is a google map at the bottom of that article that you can print and take with you. If you have questions let me know by leaving a comment on my site.
Title: Framed Vermont Foliage
Photographer: John Vose
Location: Cabot, Vermont
Time of day: Morning
Photo Gear: Canon 6D Canon 24-105mm lens
Camera Settings: f/18, ISO 160, 1/4 sec exposure
Fine Art Prints: John Vose Artwork
Background: This image was taken from inside the A.M. Foster Covered Bridge in Cabot VT. I was looking for a unique angle to shoot this location and noticed that the window beautifully framed the foliage covered hills in the distance.
Title: Waterloo Covered Bridge
Photographer: Butch Lombardi
Location: Waterloo, NH
Time of day: This is a better morning shot to early afternoon. I have not been there late in the day but, due to it’s orientation, I think it might be in shade.
Photo Gear: Canon 7D, Sigma 18-200mm, Manfroto tripod (yes the same one I lost the camera off), Manfroto ball head, sigma polarizing filter
Camera Settings: ISO 400, 1/60 sec., 33mm, f10
Fine Art Prints: Butch Lombardi Artwork
Background: In the early fall of 2009 I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new Canon DSLR. I had been shooting with my sister’s old 60D which was one of Canon’s first DSLR’s. She had upgraded to a 20D so I bought the 30D. It arrived just before my annual trip to VT to shoot foliage with my sister, Judy Lombardi (www.goldenacresphotography.