Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook in fall

Tulip trees

Tulip trees

Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, south of Kent, Connecticut.

I took a quick hike up to Thayer Brook this afternoon and took along the Canon G7X to try out. Nice day for hiking although a bit too bright for my taste in shooting.

I’ve shot these enormous tulip trees before and it’s sort of a test for any camera I’ve got. The tilt out LCD on the G7X makes this kind of shot a breeze. The trees ended up a bit under exposed but I got them sorted in Lightroom. All in all, the camera did a nice job here.

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Falling water in bright light is a challenge. I’m not into attempting to “sheet” the water with a neutral density filter although I do like a bit of blur to show motion. Aside from the blown highlights (maybe my problem with metering) I’m happy with this shot and there’s plenty of saturation in the leaves and rocks. Canon colors pop and I’ve not seen this in a while. Not sure what I think but it does seem like I can work with this camera and fine tune things.

Mini waterfall on Thayer Brook

Mini waterfall on Thayer Brook

This shot seems unspectacular until you look closer at the moss hanging off the rocks. The G7X’s sensor picks up a lot of detail and one I figure out how to use it more effectively I think I can improve on these kinds of shots.

Convergence on Thayer Brook

Convergence on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, south of Kent, Connecticut.

Took a nice hike south along this ridge to Thayer Brook (and a bit beyond) and it was threatening rain (it never rained). The brook wasn’t running very high but a few shallow spots offered some nice ripples to shoot.

I made six shots of this same spot and only this one had an ISO lower than 4500. Guess it really matters which part of the ripple you aim at, a dark spot or a light spot. I had the meter set to “center” when maybe I needed to be metering the entire area but still, amazing that essentially the same shot in the same light would have such a wide range of ISOs (using auto ISO).

Lightroom’s noise reduction tool can handle almost anything the Ricoh GR can throw at it but all things being equal, I chose the image with the lowest ISO, this one.

Rocks and water

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail.

The water was low enough to walk around on rocks and find interesting water patterns as the water passed through various rock channels. I wasn’t quite sure how to shoot this: I didn’t want sheeting but did want to show some movement. Honestly, I took a number of shots at different shutter speeds and hoped one worked. So much for scientific method.

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Waterfall on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

We’ve been hiking either end of this ridge for a while now, trying to work up the nerve to do the whole thing (again, we’ve done it many times) as it’s a tough hike.

There are small streams that cross the AT on this ridge that make good destinations for photography and turning around and Thayer Brook is the one on the North end. I’ve shot a lot of ice here and big tulip trees and there’s enough drop right where the AT crosses the brook so that there’s usually some nice foam.

This day there was quite a bit of water running from recent rain coupled with snow melt so plenty of white water to capture.

Foam on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

I’ve had these images on my computer for a while; I got so many interesting images on this trip I had a tough time sorting and editing them. No doubt many reading this know of this problem.

I’ve never seen a collection of geometric ice crystals quite like these, very unusual and amazingly photogenic. I was so excited by seeing these I shot many images of each area just to make sure I got something in focus (ice is sometimes hard to focus on as it’s layered).

It’s amazing how many forms ice crystals can take and I’m delighted when I see things this interesting.

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

More ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

I’ve had these images on my computer for a while; I got so many interesting images on this trip I had a tough time sorting and editing them. No doubt many reading this know of this problem.

Dave and I used micro spikes and hiked south on the AT to this great brook which has produced some of my most interesting ice images. This day it didn’t disappoint and the ice was both plentiful and unusual.

These are high contrast JPEGs out of the Ricoh GR. The raws were nice as well but I’m getting fond of the dramatic look this in-camera filter is giving these ice shots.

Many more to come from this day…

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Along Schaghticoke Ridge

Tulip tree and canopy

Kent, Connecticut. Hiking south along the Appalachian trail on Schaghticoke Ridge we crossed Thayer Brook and came upon a small grove of large tulip trees. This is a single tree with three trunks close together.

I decided to set the Ricoh GR to record both jpeg and RAW files and the jpegs I set to “regular” black and white (as opposed to high contrast). I must say, seeing a monochrome image on the LCD viewfinder is extremely useful in composing these kinds of images and while I don’t think the jpeg had as much information in it as the RAW, I decided to use it here.

Thayer Brook

On an extremely hot day like yesterday (and today) a brook is a godsend as a head dunk makes all the difference in the world.

Thayer Brook

Ice on Thayer Brook

Ice stalagmites under waterfall

Thayer Brook, Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I took a quick hike south on the AT to shoot ice on this brook. I used both the G15 and RX100 and got a few keepers from each.

These are ice drippings (stalagmites) under a waterfall and while it was tough to shoot these I think this image turned out well as it gives you a sense of the volume of the cones.

Ice hole with ripples and reflection

This was a shallow spot in the brook with holes in the ice so one could see the water running underneath, the bottom, and every now and then, an interesting reflection and/or ripple from the trees around and the rocks underneath.

Ice in Thayer Brook

Ice in Thayer Brook

Kent, Connecticut. Dave and I hiked from Rt. 341 South along the Appalachian Trail along Schaghticoke Ridge. We usually use two cars and do the entire eight miles but with the conditions we just went as far as Thayer Brook to shoot the ice formations.

Ice forms along the banks and there is a wonderful line in the center of the brook where you can hear and see water running underneath. I spent an hour shooting ice here, just could not get enough of it.

Foam on Thayer Brook

Foam

These two Instagram/iPhone shots were made on Schaghticoke Ridge, Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut.

These foam shots are almost always in pools on the downstream side of small waterfalls. In other words, the water falls into a pool, makes bubbles, and they collect in places out of the main current in striated ripples. I find it all fascinating because it’s not soap in the water, it’s simply water bubbles collecting.