alone and forgotten & routes to travel

Dodge power wagon rusting in a Vermont field

Dodge power wagon rusting in a Vermont field

I was up in Vermont several years back and during the spring rains (which flooded several valleys) I stopped to look at a map and this truck was just off the road in a stand of trees.

It screamed at me to have it’s picture taken. So I took it and there it sat on my hard drive for these past years until I dug it up again and I applied a B&W filter to it in Lightroom with a bit of a infra red treatment to lesson the effects of all the bright green foliage. Then I applied a vignette to darken the edges.
When I blog for my Fall foliage blog in the fall, I’m constantly asked where all the best routes are… :-)
The best routes are all the ones they publish in the magazines but the ones I love are the ones where I find things like this.
I try to publish the routes that I take in the fall so you can either retrace my steps and see what I saw or just follow along and see what I found.

I am Jeff “Foliage” Folger and I travel for your enjoyment!
Salem MA
New England Stock photos and Artwork
My online gallery
Jeff Foliage Autumn Resource page

Easter Dinner party for 13! & Off camera strobes!

My wife ended up hosting this years Easter dinner at our place which is on the small side (to say the least) and neither one of us has in recent history hosted a large party like this so we were a bit nervous.
Lisa was on the ball as always and started preparing the seating and creating the centerpiece (which went from a big bouquet of flowers to fresh lemons and limes with flowers placed in it.
I went around and using my 70mm macro lens captured some of the details of the settings.


I realized far too late that I never shot the entire table showing the overall effect. Lesson learned… Don’t lose sight of the silverware for the glassware…
(Strobist Info)
I used the morning sun which was coming in from camera left (most pictures) and then I set up a strobe off camera at the back of the room to light up the background and since I gelled it for blue it looked nice coming in through all the glass reflections.

The details of the lop eared napkins are a little obscured since I did such a shallow depth of field but they were quite marvelous. and later in the afternoon I set up a shoot outside to get a photo of all the family that were here. It was quite cold and I was only able to get a few shots off before everyone headed back in to the warmth of the house and of course dessert.
I have to master the off camera firing of my camera since all I could do was set the timmer. There is a cable that is supposed to fire my camera via pocket wizard and I apparently don’t have that one.
I’m adding the picture but I’m really not happy with my mixing of the flat afternoon light and the two speedlights (they’re a little hot). I’m still getting used to using the ETTL pocket wizards but by having the new mini TT1 and the TT5 transceiver that enable me to work with my manual PWs I’ve gone from 3 PWs to five and they all work together…
Let me know what you think and send me some links to your efforts with pocket wizards.
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
Salem MA
New England Stock photos and Artwork
My online gallery
Jeff Foliage Autumn Resource page