The Ski Season Begins!

The first significant snow-producing nor’easter of the 2010-11 season dumped 10-30+″ of heavy snow over our highest mountain areas of the Northeast this past weekend (VT’s Greens and NY’s Adirondacks, especially), and skiers have been out since Friday morning(10/15) embracing the return of our good friend Old Man Winter. Below are a couple of images we captured that illustrate the incredible contrast between the world at base elevation in Vermont (approx. 1800′) and the winter wonderland above (2000′ higher) along Vermont’s Green Mountain divide. For more images from the storm, head to our skiing website, AdventureSkier.com, where we posted two batches of photos from the storm and skiing this past week in Vermont: LINK 1 and LINK 2

Yes, the photo above is real – captured on Saturday, Oct 16 close to our home in Vermont!

Thank you Old Man Winter for a good dose of what’s to come in the months ahead.

-Brian and Emily

Photo Workshop at Trapps with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA)

Winter Photography Workshop with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA)!

We are working with the CTA and Trapp Family Lodge this winter to offer an exciting outdoor winter photography workshop at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont January 14-16, 2011. The workshop will be conducted by the two of us, feature plenty of hands-on time in the beautiful winter landscape surrounding Trapps, and run from Friday evening through midday Sunday.

Some of the topics to be covered:
❅ Winter Light — Being comfortable and creative with winter’s challenging and ever-changing light.
❅ Creative Compositions — Exploring focus, perspective and composition with a variety of winter scenes and subjects
❅ Exposure — Understanding and balancing shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
❅ Camera Handling — Tricks to making winter photography easy in the face of winter’s elements.
❅ Advanced Techniques — Tricks to shooting action; Shooting at night/low-light; Macro-photography; Using a tri-pod;
❅ Digital Workflow — Advice on how to store, organize, protect, process and display your photographs.
Tentative Schedule
1/14 Friday pm — Welcome Dinner and Slideshow
1/15 Saturday — Breakfast, Indoor Discussion/Workshop, Outdoor Practice, Lunch, Outdoor Workshop, Free Time, Dinner, Nighttime Photo Session,
Evening Slideshow/Critique
1/16 Sunday am — Breakfast, Outdoor Workshop, Indoor Wrap-Up, Lunch and departure
The workshop will be limited to 16 people to insure an optimal intimate learning experience for all attendees. Outdoor photo sessions will be on snowshoes or backcountry skis – whichever on which you are more comfortable manuevering around in the snow. Equipment may be rented at the Trapp Family Touring Center or you may bring your own. The workshop cost will be $750 per person, which includes two nights lodging, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and trail fees. The workshop with meals and no lodging is $450 per person. You may download a registration form fromthe CTA’s websiteor call the CTA office 802-864-5794 to reserve a space. The last day to reserve a space for the workshop is December 20, 2010.

For more info, feel free to contact Brian and Emily at 802-496-5434 or email: info(at)emberphoto.com

Our BIG prints @ 21st Annual Round Barn Photo Show

Through September 6, 2010, several of our photographs will be on display at the 21st Annual Photography Exhibit at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, Vermont – part of the Mad River Valley’s 2010 Vermont Festival of the Arts.

Last year, one of our large-format canvas photographs (see skiing image in second photo below) was awarded by the jury a spot in the popular Art in the Round Barn show, which follows in September.

Stop by the Round Barn in Waitsfield, VT sometime before Sept 6 to take a peek at our canvas and framed prints, as well as the work of dozens of other photographers from our region. For more info about our fine-art prints and print pricing, please visit this link on our website.

The first image below features two of the prints we are showing at the Round Barn this year, which is in the old milking parlour (lower level) at the Round Barn.

-Brian and Emily

Working with the Green Mountain Club

Since 2005, we’ve been supporting the great work of the Green Mountain Club (GMC) – the primary steward of Vermont’s 200+ mile Long Trail hiking trail – by collaborating on an annual slideshow event in our local communities (through the GMC’s Annual James P. Taylor Series) and by providing the GMC with discounted access to our growing library of photographs.  Recently, the GMC published a new book in celebration of the GMC’s 100th birthday, entitled, A Century in the Mountains, which features several large scale reproductions of images we’ve captured along the Long Trail.  And on the cover of this summer’s Long Trail News, the GMC published an image captured by Emily when hiking last summer in southern Vermont’s new Glastenbury Wildnerness Area (above). Starting this summer, too, several of our fine-art photographs (matted and framed) will be on display at the GMC’s headquarters along Rt. 100 in Waterbury Center, VT. Proceeds from the sale of these prints will also be donated to the GMC.

You can support the great work of the GMC by coming out to our slideshows or considering the purchase of our fine-art photography, but most importantly, by becoming a member of the GMC, by volunteering some time, or by offering a gift to the GMC. GMC Membership has lots of nice benefits, whether you live in Vermont and use the Long Trail, or not. Please help the GMC reach its goal in its 100th year for 10,000 members, and consider joining or giving the gift of membership (upcoming birthday, wedding?) to one of Vermont’s greatest organizations.

Thanks!

-Brian and Emily

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Garlic, Green Beans & Garden Greens

Yum… We harvested this year’s crop of garlic this week, which amounted to approx. 150 heads of organically grown (& synthetic fertilizer free) garlic – nearly double what we produced last year. (The photo above depicts some of this garlic drying before it gets braided in bundles for easy storage inside our kitchen) We’ll use approx. 20% of this crop as seed for next year’s crop, and enjoy the rest throughout the coming year. As the summer season crests, our garden is simply exploding. Daily, we’ve been sharing and enjoying great salads of mixed greens, arugula, mustards, baby kale and beat greens – topped with everything from the last of our sugar-snap peas to fresh herbs(cilantro!) to our own sweet raspberries, and dressed with our latest concoction of homemade herbal vinaigrette. We’ve been harvesting younger green beans for nearly a week now, and we even picked our first giant purple cherokee tomatoes this past weekend. It’s been a wonderfully warm summer with just enough rain to cool us down now and then. Thank you Mother Nature!

– Brian and Emily

Happy (Car-free) Independence Day!

To celebrate Independence Day, we’ll be enjoying a day of car-free independence by cycling to Warren, VT’s famous July 4th parade and street party, swimming in the Mad River, cycling home, and enjoying the afternoon with some friends and family.  We hope everyone has a great weekend!

-Brian and Emily

Food is Happening – Northern Woodlands Feature

Having planted much of our veggie garden before setting off to Norway in late April, we’ve been able to enjoy (i.e. eat!) an increasing abundance of food since our return to Vermont two weeks back. Huge salads of mixed greens, crunchy spinach, and some tears of chard tossed with sliced radishes, shredded beets and cabbage (still from last season, staying cool in the fridge!), shredded carrots (purchased), some sprouted grains, a neighbor’s goat cheese and more…have been the rule.  Occasionally, we grill up a little meat from our neighbor’s pigs, chickens and cows, too, to throw on top of the salad. Or perhaps we’ll sprinkle on some slivered almonds, sliced apples… And when we’re feeling really crazy, we’ll lay on a fried or poached egg or two – Chilean style! Yum.

There’s no doubt that the garden is the foundation of our diet during the warmer months, and increasingly, year round. Our love for fresh, healthy food is also responsible for an evolving focus in our photography and documentary work around Vermont’s emerging local food economy, edible landscaping and modern homesteading. On this note, be sure to check out our friend Ben Hewitt’s incredible new book, The Town that Food Saved.

This month, Northern Woodlands ran a feature story on the subject of “forest gardening”.  The story opens with our photo we captured of Ben Falk, of Whole Systems Design (a friend and neighbor here in Moretown), tending to his fruit trees by cutting and mulching with deep-rooting comfrey growing beneath them. Northern Woodlands magazine is a publication of the non-profit Center for Northern Woodlands Education, Inc. based in Corinth, VT. It’s distributed primarily in the northeastern U.S., and it offers a forward thinking perpsective on how we use, develop and live within our forest-dominated environment.  Take a peek at the clip below:

Our Photos in the Times Argus – Supporting the VNRC

Last week, in Vermont’s Times Argus newspaper, a photo of ours opened a story, authored by correspondent Jake Brown, about ATV use on Vermont’s public lands. See our photo and the story HERE.

Since December 2008, we have been working with Vermont’s Natural Resources Council (VNRC) by providing them with images they can use for their ongoing website, fundraising, media and membership communications. We’ve also donated some of our fine-art photography to an auction the VRNC organizes in conjunction with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by the VRNC in Burlington every fall.

The VNRC is Vermont’s leading statewide organization dedicated to protecting our natural resources and our environment through research, education and advocacy. We feel lucky to have organizations like the VNRC that are working hard to protect the great things we love about life in Vermont. Please check out their website, and if you support their work, consider supporting them with a donation of money, your time or membership.