tulip tree

Two tulip trees

Two tulip trees

Appalachian Trail near Kent, Connecticut. This is a repeat of a group of trees I’ve photographed a lot as they’re quite spectacular. I wanted to try them with the Fuji X70 and that’s what’s used here.

There are two groups of tulip trees in this area and this is two separate trees close together. I’ve also shot another single tree with three trunks that’s about 20 feet to my right as this picture is taken.

The Fuji X70 makes this kind of shot easy and fun with its articulating LCD screen. I continue to be very pleased with the camera. I updated my copy of Lightroom so it can read X70 RAW files and this is a converted RAW file. Frankly, the Fuji X70’s JPEGs are of such high quality I probably won’t shoot RAW all that much unless I know I’ll be in an artificial light situation where I’ll need to adjust white balance.

Naked tulip tree

Naked tulip tree

Kent, Connecticut.

Gary and I hiked south on the Appalachian Trail along Schaghticoke Ridge to just beyond Thayer Brook and we stopped at the big tulip tree with three trunks to pay our respects.

All the leaves are down now and this makes for interesting shots looking up at the bare branches. It also makes for difficult hiking through piles of leaves, hiding roots and rocks and all sorts of things to trip over. We had planned to hike the entire ridge but we were moving so slowly in the leaves we turned back about a third of the way down the ridge.

Tulip with flare

Tulip with flare

Appalachian Trail, Kent, Connecticut. I hiked from Bull’s Bridge to Kent on Schaghticoke Ridge and took a break at Thayer Brook and the giant tulip tree next to it.

I can’t pass this place without taking yet another photograph of this magnificent single tree with three trunks. My instinct is to position myself to keep the sun hidden behind other trees to avoid flare but a lightbulb went off: why not attempt to get both the trees and flare.

As some reading this know, it’s tough to know how flare will look until you get back to a larger screen so I did ten shots with different meter settings and slightly different positions hoping one might work out. In the end, they all worked out and it was tough to choose.

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.

Along Ten Mile River

Along Ten Mile River

Hiking south on the Appalachian Trial from Bull’s Bridge toward the Ten Mile River Bridge.

This may be the most walked/hiked section of the entire Appalachian Trail (AT) in that it’s easy to get to and has spectacular views of the Housatonic River. We hike it a few times each year at this time because my hiking partner Dave likes to photograph wildflowers and this section, for some reason, is loaded with them.

This day was too cold, they were up but not open.

No matter, plenty of other things to photograph like the mottled light in a small calm place on the edge of Ten Mile River and a magnificent tulip tree.

Tulip tree from below