Where We Took Pictures During CAPTURE Vermont

Last weekend concluded Lenspiration’s CAPTURE Vermont landscape photography workshop!

During the scouting excursions before the workshop began, I found it difficult to find great spots for a large group of photographers to stop and explore. New England is captured best one pull off at a time.

However, I was able to find a few places that still worked well despite very little fall color. Here are a few of them if you ever find yourself in New England. And God took care of the color problem . . . He’s great at making colorful skies regardless of the color of the leaves!

The first real photoshoot was at Falls of Lana. A difficult falls to shoot unless you’re willing to take some risk to move in a little closer.

9272_Green Mountain National Forest-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 47 mm, 1.0 sec at f - 13, ISO 50

Up the trail and across the creek from these falls is a fantastic sunset overlook. From several rock outcroppings, one can have a nice view out toward the west over Lake Dunmore and into New York’s Adirondacks. I don’t know the name of this overlook, but one of the locals showed me where it was. That first evening God gave us one of the best sunsets I had ever witnessed!

9407_Green Mountain National Forest-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 17 mm, 1-25 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

The next day we tried shooting the sunrise in a quaint country setting. When the clouds kept the sun from showing up on time, we turned our attention on a nearby apple tree which served as a subject for a “10 perspectives on one subject” assignment. This is where one of the attendees taught me a new zoom effect I had never tried out before! Can you guess how you can create this in-camera?

9529_Benson-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 73 mm, 1-10 sec at f - 20, ISO 200

That evening it was still cloudy so we headed to Moss Glen Falls. I showed pictures of that in my last post. The next morning we stopped to shoot at a local church, Whiting Community Church, which happened to have one nice orange-colored tree in front.

9586_Whiting-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 65 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

To wrap up the workshop, we visited an old barn I found by the side of Route 100 near Hancock, Vermont. The leaves were a little further along on the eastern side of the mountains, as opposed to the western side where the workshop headquarters was located.9718_near Hancock-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 28 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 200

Behind the barn was a place unofficially called the Enchanted Forest. Unplanned, we lingered here for a while simply because it was natural to do so, being a relatively unique place.

9652_near Hancock-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 105 mm, 1.3 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

The old barn on route 100 was our last official destination, so we made sure to get the group shot there. The official one. Not the random one from the last post. 🙂

9670_near Hancock-Vermont-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 92 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

Praise the Lord for the conclusion of yet another fantastic CAPTURE workshop!

There are two more CAPTURE workshops planned for this month! If you’re going to sign up, you’d better hurry! There’s plenty of room left in both Kansas and Virginia.




  1. Linda Moore October 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    James, It was great having you come to Vermont so we could show off our spectacular state. Sorry for the lack of color, however, the trees are now displaying their beautiful colors! Thank you for all the work you put into the workshop. The students from our family learned lots.

  2. James October 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Thanks for all the work you guys put into hosting it! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and if the Lord wills, I’ll be back up!

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