Tag Archives: Vermont

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.

Trees & Mist

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

Trees turning color as the chloroform¬†drains 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.

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

A Bend in the Road

Anytime I prep for time in the field, I draw up mental lists of items/scenes I’d like to shoot if they manifest themselves. Often times, what i pre-visualize doesn’t come to pass… usually because the light isn’t right, or the elements don’t quite line up.

As we drove around Vermont I kept peering down roads looking for a bend that disappeared into the trees. Saw a few, but either the bend was too quick, or the bend wasn’t “bendie” enough” to lead the viewers eye into the distance in a natural sort of way. In my planning I had really been hoping for a similar scene with fog or mist. Those elements tend to give an image an air of mystery- but it was too late in the day, so I had to re-adjust my thinking.

The first thing I liked about his composition was the light slashing across the road- very subtle, but it gives that hint of late day sun off to camera right. Also love the way the light strikes certain parts of the trees and really makes them pop~ while the bend in the road has a slight rise, and then quickly departs stage left, leaving the viewer with their neck craning to see what’s around that corner.

Technically, this was a bit of a challenge to shoot- believe it or not the light made a single exposure difficult to capture the highlights and the shadows without something going wrong. Flipped into HDR mode and shot 5 frames 1 EV apart, merged in Photomatix and then really toned down the image. Didn’t want a Harry Potter effect on this at all, wanted it to be as natural as possible which means restoring those shadows and smoothing those highlights.


A Bend in the Road (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

The Path to Rivendell

Being a big JRR Tolkien fan every time I venture into a deep set of woods I always feel like a character out of Middle Earth heading toward the fabled Elven City of Rivendell. That rich, moisture laden air, the mist hanging low above the tops of the trees… that smell of earth and life… if you look closely enough, you might actually make out Elrond at the lower right, pointy ears and all.

This is the trail up to Little and Big Cascade Falls in Vermont. Turns out the falls weren’t too full, I’ll post some shots at a later date, but the woods and the trip through them made it worth it.


The Path to Rivendell (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

A River Runs Through It

Awhile back I posted a blog entry about the Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density filter- besides being a mouthful, this think just rocks for extending your exposure time. And there is no better place to put that to use than photographing rivers and stream with fast moving water. You have 8 stops of light you can stop down, which can turn an 1/8 of a second exposure into multiple seconds, allowing that free flowing water to smooth out and blur through the image. Truly gives it that dreamy, romantic look and feel.

I spent a lot tf time working one specific river outside of Springfield. it had many of the qualities I had been looking for in shooting running water- a rapid decline¬†with lots of rocks and water bypasses… these attributes give the image that cascading effect that when blurred, lends itself to a “mystical” feel. It also doesn’t hurt to have gorgeous woods as a backdrop (wink).


River Flow (c) Joseph Rowland 2009

Magic Light at Jenne’s Farm

Magic Light, Jenne Farm, Vermont (c) Joseph Rowland 2009Photography is a lot like golf. Frustrating at times, challenging, keeps you thinking, it’s a “game” against yourself more than playing others. You against the elements, and usually the elements win, however, once in a while you nail the 7 iron shot that lands just right… and sometimes the sun peeks out from distant, grey, ugly clouds to spread its warming rays on the land below.

This is Jenne’s Farm in Vermont, just South of Woodstock in a town called Reading. Blink, and you would miss the sign for it. Shame if you did. It should be the State’s Postcard. Moose Peterson’s DLWS shot here last year, and I loved the images he posted~ thought since I was in the neighborhood I would drop on by… with the 15 or 20 other photographers milling about. Seems like Jenne has reached the pinnacle of photo fame- Forrest Gump, Funny Farm and Budweiser have all filmed here. It’s been a photo mecca since the 1950’s. They do ask for a donation for shooting, and you can also purchase the greatest Maple Syrup your taste buds have ever been treated too, do both, and then go “click,” “click,”… “click.”

It’s easy to see why. Rolling hills, incredible woods, the quintessential red barn with tin roofs.

What was disappointing at first was the sky was so overcast the trees had no pop. I figured that would be the best I would get, until that sun snuck out and lit the landscape with this glowing light… Fired off 5 or 6 frames and it was gone… Just like that. Poof! No more Magic Light. Glad I was there to capture it when it happened. It sure made this frame pop.