Race Brook

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

This is a small waterfall on Race Brook with the large waterfall (Race Brook Falls) behind me.

I took a similar shot with my Ricoh GR with a wide angle adapter near this spot when the brook was running higher but the symmetry and accessibility of this small waterfall makes it a nice feature to shoot. Plus, the forest behind it adds a lot of depth to the scene. The Fuji X70’s articulated LCD makes a shot like this fun and easy.

I continued the hike up to the top of Mt. Race which I’d not visited since last year. I was the only one on the mountain and it felt great to be up there again.

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook above the falls

Race Brook Falls Trail, Southwest Massachusetts.

This was our first hike on this trail in a long while without snowshoes or micro spikes. There were patches of ice in places but it was easily traversed without slipping.

Race Brook was running high because of the snow melt which is just the way I like it.

These two shots were taken on Race Brook above the upper waterfall which is about one hundred yards behind me.

I’ve taken many images along this part of the brook when the water is high because it has just enough drop to create interesting micro-rapids and an occasional small waterfall.

The Ricoh GR wide angle lens attachment helped create a more dramatic landscape by capturing the forest on either side of the brook.

Race Brook above the falls

Water patterns and reflections on Race Brook

Water patterns and reflections

Race Brook Falls Trail. Southwest Massachusetts.

We hiked up Mt. Race yesterday via the Race Brook Falls Trail (the trail I maintain for the Berkshire AMC) and it was a beautiful day for photography.

On our way down I got closer to the falls to inspect the dead tree and in fact the branches were cut off by someone. Bad news.

But, while standing under that tree, I noticed that the water was making some fantastic patterns as it ran between the two rocks I was straddling. So, out came the camera and I began to shoot.

The issue with shooting these kinds of water patterns is that no matter what the shutter speed you need to check to make sure you’re getting close to the shot you want. Water is a very malleable thing and as the flow changes so do the ripples, the light, and the shadows and other contrasty pattern making elements.

I took over 50 images of this small area and this is just one I liked. I’ll go through the others and see if I can find other patterns from within the few minutes I was shooting.

Foam and reflection on Race Brook

Foam and reflection on Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail. Southwest Massachusetts.

We hiked up Mt. Race yesterday via the Race Brook Falls Trail (the trail I maintain for the Berkshire AMC) and it was a beautiful day for photography.

Race Brook was running slowly enough so that there were foam patterns in a few of the pools. This was the largest of them and I took many images of it from many angles, catching both the foam pattern and the trees on the far bank reflected.

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

Gary shooting Race Brook

Gary shooting Race Brook

Race Brook Falls Trail, southwest Massachusetts. Gary and I hiked up to Mt. Race without taking many pictures but on the way down we did a lot of shooting in the lower light along Race Brook. Both of us were primarily shooting with our Ricoh GR cameras and we were both experimenting with my new Sony RX100 III.

The Ricoh GR and its high contrast mode is fantastic for moving water and Race Brook was really moving yesterday. I’ll post some moving water shots later as I process them.

Gary shooting Race Brook

Gary shooting Race Brook

Gary shooting 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.