Last summer I had the chance to take a trip to New Hampshire with my family, in order primarily to visit my wife’s side of the family. We had a great few weeks, and as it was the first time in 3 years that we had been back to America, you can imagine how much we all enjoyed it! I took a lot of time to travel around and take lots of photos, and one of the many places I visited was the Albany covered bridge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This beautiful covered bridge was originally built in the 1800s, and despite its wood construction is still in use today. It stands as a testament to the craftsmanship and American spirit that existed long ago.
Unfortunately, the day I went was rather cloudy, but that should never stop you from taking good photos! No matter what the weather is, there’s always an opportunity to take pleasant pictures. The first image is a long exposure of 25 seconds using an 8 stop ND filter. The other two are blended images using multiple exposures, which can really help in situations like this where you have a large range of different kinds of light. Understanding these techniques can really help make shooting in less-than-ideal situations a lot more enjoyable.
That said, you should avoid doing what I did while on the river – I left my backpack open, and ended up dropping my Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens in the river! I was distraught when it happened, but amazingly, by God’s grace, it still works. Still, don’t get so caught into the beautiful scenery and pleasure of photography that you forget to secure all of your equipment!
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