This weeks photo challenge theme is: Two Subjects.

After last week, this one was easy. I knew before I was even done reading the email exactly what image was going to use. Then I started looking through my Lightroom catalog and found several more that I thought fit.

The Bridge and The Mountain.

This first image was the one that popped to mind immediately. The railing in the foreground (you know they built that with photographers in mind) and Mt. Chocorua. Add a third subject if you count Chocorua Lake 🙂

(Yea I know, this one has been shared before. But in my defense, not as the main subject of the weekly challenge)

It’s not always about the waterfall.

In this next one, having photographed Tucker Brook Falls many times, the sunlit rock in the foreground is what attracted me to this composition. To me it holds equal footing with the waterfall as the subject of the photo, and not just the prerequisite foreground element.

Hot and Cold.

The last one for this week is a shot from two years ago. Taken along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.

The brilliant warm colors of the fall foliage compete with the cool hard granite ledge to be the center of attention. I consider it a draw.

Fall foliage and granite ledge along the Kancamagus Highway

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63 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

    1. Thank you Cindy, your compliments are always good for a lift. 🙂

      I’ll let you in on a little secret, it is so easy you won’t believe it. One thing you absolutely need is a tripod, because to get the water looking like that you need a long exposure. I shoot, no pun intended, for a 1/2 second, to as long as a 5 second exposure. A remote release is nice to have, but the camera’s self timer works too.

      The hardest part is lighting. An overcast day is ideal, so you have nice even light. If part of the falls is in bright sun you are either going to end up with really dark shadows or blown out highlights on the water. You can also go very early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is low, and hopefully the falls of you choice is in full shade. Once the leaves on the trees are in fully and everything is nice and greened up, the tree canopy helps.

      I usually opt for the early morning though because I hate people in my photos, and most of the really nice falls here in NH are tourist magnets!

      I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but those are the basics.

      I always feel strange offering, because I don’t want to come across as a full of myself know-it-all, but if you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Whether a general photography, or image specific, if I can answer it, I would be glad to. You can contact me through the “contact” on the blog, message me on FB, or just ask via reply to one of my blog posts.

      Looking forward to some of your waterfalls!

      1. Just so you know Jeff, I have kept all of your emails where you have given me hints because you explain things very well, and I appreciate it. I do have a tripod and I recently got myself a remote shutter release, so I’m all set for this summer. I would have loved to have tried this technique at Niagara Falls last weekend, but the crowds are just not conducive to tripod photography. It is very quiet around the waterfalls in our area, so I should have better luck there! 🙂

      2. Ok if I add something? As Jeff noted, cloudy days work best. Another great tool is the use of Neutral Density filters. In short, you add them (You can combine them depending on the light situation.) to your camera lens and they darken the scene. This results in the ability to use a much slower shutter speed with creates the motion blur.

        1. You are more than welcome to add Rick. I can’t believe I forgot ND’s, and I almost always use a circular polarizer too. And if you are swimming in $$$ the Singh-Ray Vari N-Duo is a variable ND and CPL all in one. All you need to do is be willing to cough up the $400 for it.

          And yes, I want one 😉

    1. Thanks Jo. I learned early on that to get good sharp landscape photos a tripod is a must, not an optional accessory.

      “Early on,” ha that’s funny, makes me sound like I’ve been doing this forever instead of only four years. 😀

  1. Wonderful, all three of them. I am especially attracted to the one featuring a mountain and a fence. How did you get that glow on the fence? 🙂

    1. Thank you Paula.

      As for that “glow,” mother nature did most of the work. Though I did help to bring it out little in Lightroom. As I set up the shot, the sun was rising behind me and to the right. The railing is on a bridge separating the large lake in the foreground from a smaller lake behind me, giving the sun a pretty clear shot to shine on the railing.

      For planning these kinds of shots I use The Photographers Ephemeris. You can download the free desktop version here: http://photoephemeris.com/. There is also a smart phone app as well, but that is $10 U.S. TPE is becoming more and more a part of my planning when it comes to landscapes. Knowing the direction the sun will be hitting something as it rises or sets, as well as the time of year the angle will be just right for a photo I have in mind, is indispensable.

      Have fun and keep shooting!

        1. You are quite welcome. TPE is a great app for planning landscape shoots. I use it all the time. Like I mentioned, there is an iPhone version and an Android version too, but they aren’t free. But they are worth the price in my opinion.

  2. Excellent once again, Jeff. And I really like your point about two different subjects in the 2nd image rather than the rock as mere formality to help support the waterfall element. That photograph really exemplifies the importance. Good stuff, as always.

  3. I love your interpretation of the challenge. Most photos I’ve seen for this week are of two people or animals or something of the like. Each photo has captures two elements wonderfully. Plus the added bonus that it’s all of nature (I love nature!). Love the photos. 🙂

    Amber. xx

    1. Re-blog away Cassie, I’m honored!

      Autumn in New England, and the colors it brings, is one of the main reasons, especially since I picked up my first camera four years ago, why I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. People come the world over for our foliage, and I have to do little more than step out the front door 🙂

      1. Yeahy, thank you, Jeff! I’ll do that!
        I understand how you must feel about just stepping out the door! I feel the same about the River Rhine, which is a few minutes away and which I absolutely love (also for photographs). But I love it even more when it’s fall… And how great must it be with so many colorful trees around you like in New England! It looked already impressive when the trees were still green…

        Wish you the best, Cassie.

  4. Yep, that waterfall photograph is amazing. Man, I love those types of photographs…
    Thanks for continuing to share your photography with the rest of the blogging community, Jeff!

    1. Thank you Nate. I love waterfalls. The White Mountains have a ton of them we can explore. My next blog post shows just one from one of my favorite waterfall locations. Stay tuned… 😉

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