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The Signature Frame Collection: Jenne’s Farm

Since we opened last year Jenne’s Farm has struck a chord with clients hat have come to The Gallery. It’s one of our best selling prints, and seems to really draw viewers in to its idyllic New England scene.

… The vibrance of this image is one of the reasons it was selected to be included in the Signature Frame Collection. The rich, heavy wood frame and Museum quality mat finish this piece perfectly.



Neat close up of a river in Vermont taken with a Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter to get “that maximum water blur”.

This is a 4 second exposure taken at f/16 with a Nikon D3 on a Gitzo Tripod. Need to use the tripod for a shot like this, absolute must.

The Quiet Road

Another view down a quiet road in Vermont. Different character and feeling than the shot from yesterday.

I’m amazed by the diversity of our American Landscape. ┬áThere are still so many places I want to get to to shoot and soak up, never seems to be enough time.

Enjoy the Weekend!

Trees & Mist

I love this picture. Simple, but it tells the story of October in Vermont.

Trees turning color as the chloroform┬ádrains from their leaves. Mist from the moisture in the air blowing and moving across their tops, masking them for a few moments… quiet solitude at its best.

Simple Magic

Take some water, running softly, spilling across a leaf strewn forest floor… add a hush, maybe the sounds of some birds in the distance, or the fluttering of unseen wings. One benefit of taking your camera and tripod into the woods is the magic you are privy to seeing, feeling and hearing. This shot was taken in Vermont at Little Cascade Falls. Wanted the waterfall to be cut off, just hinting at it in the top of the frame… I love how the light came through the trees, lit up the middle of the ground, and then faded away. Being fall, lots of color in the leaves which adds a dimension of pop.

Just a nice simple click.

Rushing Water

Came across this image I shot when I was in Vermont, didn’t think too much of it until I reopened it recently and stared at it for a while. If you subscribe to National Geographic, their latest issue is all about water, how precious and scare it is across our globe, and how in the coming years freshwater will be the battleground from which many hostilities will stem (it’s already happening in India where fights break out and people are killed for cutting in lines to fill their jugs with fresh drinking water).

We truly take water for granted here in the United States (although every time I fly over Lake Meade and see the widening “bathtub ring” around its edges, it does make me wonder if we use this resource wisely), fresh, clean, disease free right from a tap… no standing in line, no fighting to fill a jug. Just something to think about next time you reach for that glass or bottle of Poland Spring.

This shot shows the ferocity of water the chaos and order that ensues when it flows rapidly through a river. The currents and eddies that get created when large volumes of water, coupled with speed, create works of random powerful art… like this image… your eye can’t help but follow the light and dark patterns, the waves fighting their own forward force and the ensuing splashed that get created

Great Stuff!


Back to Jenne’s Farm

Awhile back I posted another version of Jenne’s Farm, a famous locale just south of the city of Woodstock in Vermont. So as it happens, I was going through that Lightroom catalog looking at some of the images from that shoot and I came across this one. Since I’m in a single frame HDR conversion sorta kick lately, figured, “hey, why not… lets see how it goes…”

Honestly really like this one- mainly because of the drama and tension between the sky and land. The sun had peeked out for just a few moments from some ugly, rainy clouds and lit up the landscape, while the clouds retained their very sullen, “I’m going to pour on you” attitude… and beneath all this natural stuff happening sat the farmhouses in their glorious red paint.



When asked, I sometimes struggle trying to convey how I compose an image. Looking through the viewfinder, things tend to fall into, well, “place…”

I think of the story behind the frame.

To many this is just a farmhouse, with some pretty trees and a swing.

I see it in broader terms… I think of childhood, and the countless hours spent swinging from that tire… and the laughs and giggles that surely ensued while doing so. I think of gathering those leaves on the ground in a big pile and running full tilt and leaping into them… and repeating.. and repeating. I think of balancing on that rock wall and pretending if you fall… you fall off the earth. I think of the times and things that old house could speak about if it had a mouth. Of the days gone by, the fierce storms, icy winters and warm spring days that rested themselves on its wood planks.

I see an awful lot in this image that whispers to us all.


Small Falls…

This i a close up of a river scene I worked in Vermont. The bigger version was posted some time ago “A River Runs Through It” is its title. I learned from my DLWS workshops, and specifically Joe McNally to work a scene. Go close, go wide, go low, go high… you get the idea. it’s great when a scene works in both the macro and micro points of view. The wide rushing river, and the close-up water flowing over the rocks.

Just great stuff, the stuff that makes taking photographs so much fun.

The blur by the way, was caused by using a Singh-Ray variable Neutral density Filter. It simply rocks when it comes to slowing down your shutter speed (up to 8 stops of light!). It takes only a few moments (or seconds) to get that dreamy, blur in water that is moving at a decent pace.

Have a great weekend! (and GO COWBOYS!)


The Boathouse

Driving down (or up) Route 106 in Vermont, turn a bend and lo and behold this little lake and boathouse appear. Kept drivin’, but about 1/2 mile down the road the guilt of bypassing and not shooting over took me. Did a U turn, headed back and grabbed the camera bag… a few clicks later, back on the road to the next unexpected stop.

The Boathouse (c) Joseph Rowland 2009