Race Brook Falls Trail

Lunch at Race Brook campground

Lunch at Race Brook campground

Race Brook Falls campsite, southwest Massachusetts.

For the past three years I’ve been a volunteer for the Berkshire AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) and have been maintaining some trails and a few campsites. Besides the regular hikes to check the trails and campsites groups of us do larger projects.

Yesterday, this group moved and rebuilt a rotting tent platform (similar to the one they’re sitting on here). This is a simple task in a back yard but a few miles up a steep trail it becomes a bit tougher logistically. We carried a lot of lumber and tools up and got it all done. I’ve done other projects with this group, including the building of a new log bridge on this trail which was great fun.

Most of the guys in this group are older and retired (we had an 80 year old working on the bridge) and I have to say, doing things like this with them is something I look forward to. I always learn a lot and have a great time.

I liked the “old time” feel the high contrast black and white filter on the Ricoh GR gave this image.

Falling water on Race Brook, again

Falling water on Race Brook, again

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

I took this picture with the express purpose of redoing this one with more detail and I’m pleased with the result. The Ricoh GR’s high contrast mode is great for some things but not for everything and I prefer a lot more detail on images like this.

The articulated LCD on the Sony RX100 III made this shot a “snap” as it allowed me to get the camera closer to the water (one has to watch out for splash on the lens).

Falling water on Race Brook

Falling water on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. On our hike down from Mt. Race Gary and I stopped along Race Brook for some moving water photography with our Ricoh GRs. It was a lot of fun and we lost track of time which is exactly the right thing to do on a beautiful summer day when conditions are perfect.

I love what the Ricoh GR’s high contrast monochrome mode does with moving water (and ice).

Falling water on Race Brook

Falling water on Race Brook

Falling water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. On our hike down from Mt. Race Gary and I stopped along Race Brook for some moving water photography with our Ricoh GRs. It was a lot of fun and we lost track of time which is exactly the right thing to do on a beautiful summer day when conditions are perfect.

I love what the Ricoh GR’s high contrast monochrome mode does with moving water (and ice).

Moving water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Moving water on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls

Race Brook Falls

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. A short but intense storm came through yesterday (we were in New York and got soaked while walking) so I thought I’d better check the trail for blow downs. Everything was fine although the water crossings were tough with the extra water from the storm.

Uneventful hike except for the amount of mud on the Appalachian trail. Poor thru hikers have to wade through it with heavy packs. Ugh.

Oak leaf in lava foam

Oak leaf in lava foam

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

This eddy current of foam was right at the bottom of the trail at the first Race Brook crossing, just after a small bit of turbulence. It was the most amazing piece of foam I’ve ever seen and I took numerous pictures as the leaf spun around, caught in the the eddy current.

Even though this image was done with the Ricoh GR’s high contrast black and white filter, this foam really did look like lava, it was unusual and fascinating and if we hadn’t been on our way further up the trail I’d have stood there for a lot longer watching it change form.

Finding and Shooting ice

Finding and shooting ice

Race Brook Falls trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

Loren and I hiked up the Race Brook Falls trail (that I maintain for Berkshire AMC) and while there was plenty of ice it was mostly covered by a thin layer of snow.

It was a great hike and I didn’t think I’d be taking any pictures when I spotted a thin ribbon of water feeding Race Brook that looked to have some ice in it. On closer inspection there were some nice patterns created as different water levels froze.

This is what it looks like when you find an interesting ice patch. How you photograph it (close, far, etc.) and how you process the images comes later.

For those who care, I have on Kahtoola Micro Spikes which are essential when walking on slippery ground and are much easier to deal with than crampons. They’re easy to put on and work extremely well, better than “Yak Tracks” by far.

Ice on Race Brook

Ice on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

Loren and I hiked up the Race Brook Falls Trail to the Appalachian Trail intersection and were going to continue up Mt. Race but the ice on the trail was intimidating. Enough ice to slip, not enough to put on micro spikes. So, we turned around and I took a few pictures of large ice crystals growing in slow spots on Race Brook on the way back down.

Ice on Race Brook

Ice on Race Brook

Ice on Race Brook

Ice on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls trail in high contrast

Race Brook Falls

Race Brook Falls

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts. Anne and I took a walk up this trail to the Appalachian Trail intersection. Since I’ve photographed the heck out of this trail in color I figured I’d be bold and just set the Ricoh GR to high contrast B/W without a RAW backup. Oh boy.

These images are straight from the camera via Lightroom with no adjustment or cropping. I’m really enjoying this experiment and it’s giving my photography a much needed kick in the ass.

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook pool and reflection

Race Brook pool and reflection

Anne defending the Race Brook Falls trail

Anne descending the Race Brook Falls trail

Looking east from the Race Brook Falls trail

Looking east from the Race Brook Falls trail