Foliage Skiing on ESPN

While there may not be much more than fallen leaves covering the valleys, colder temps have enabled snow to fall in our local mountains several times already this month. With good color still clinging to the hardwood trees, it’s a real treat to out in the snow this time of year. Foliage skiing, as we tend to call it around here, has become an annual pastime…seasonally appropriate adventure at its best. We recently published a short writeup and photo essay on the subject on ESPN.com. You can check it out HERE.
Happy fall!

– Brian and Emily

Camera Info: Canon 5D, 50mm, ISO 400, 1/160, f4;

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FOOD

There’s nothing like the taste and satisfaction of home-grown food from the garden…

Camera Info: Canon 7D, 24mm, ISO 400, 1/125, f4.5;

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Recent Published Work to Share – Late Summer 2012


Opening page to a four-page feature sharing tips for fall-season photography in Vermont Sports’ Sept/Oct 2012 issue.


The Green Mountain Club (GMC) recently selected our image for us on the cover of their latest edition of their Long Trail hiking guidebook, which was recently released for the 2012 hiking season.


This image, captured by Emily, was featured as the opening spread to a multi-page photo essay we developed for Nantucket Magazine’s August 2012 issue about trail-riding on Nantucket Island.

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Our Friend the Conch

We bumped into our friend the conch again while down in Costa Rica’s Rio Ario/Bongo watershed earlier this July. He was at first a bit timid, but then he became curious. And when he sensed that we weren’t going to harvest and eat the increasingly over-hunted and endangered creature, he even smiled for us. While attempting to grab a few photos of the fascinating little gastropod, he slid back into his protective shell – perhaps for an afternoon nap. Fortunately, he cooperated with the camera during a previous encounter. Check him out. He’s no doubt one of the coolest little animals we’ve ever come across.

Camera Info: Canon S100, 15mm, ISO 400, 1/125, f4.5;

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Trail Riding on a Terminal Moraine

New England’s “Outer Lands”, which include outer Cape Cod, and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, are essentially the remnants of a giant terminal moraine left behind by the retreating glaciers and ice sheets that once covered present-day New England. Recently, we’ve been documenting some of the trail riding and mountain biking opportunities in this fascinating landscape, where single track trails wind through shrub oak forests and windswept moors, and the smell of the salty sea is always in the air.

We captured the image above while following our friend Sean Curry around the pine forests of Nantucket Island. In the low light of dusk, we were able to use a relatively slow shutter speed (1/30th of a second), combined with the panning of the camera, to add a sense of movement, speed and direction to the scene. The image below offers a off-road cyclist’s perspective on the coastal landscape dominated by the many green shades of shrub oak, berry bushes, heath and much more.

Happy trails!
-Brian and Emily

Camera Info: (Above) Canon 7D, 10mm, ISO 640, 1/30, f3.5; (Below) Canon 7D, 18mm, ISO 400, 1/80, f4

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Winter Wedding, Full Moon at the Round Barn Farm

We photograph one or two weddings each year at the historic Round Barn Farm Inn in Waitsfield, Vermont. It’s a beautiful and top-notch venue, and it’s always a pleasure for us to work with the Round Barn’s friendly and hard-working staff. Sarah and John’s recent wedding coincided with a rising full moon, which by 8pm cast a subtle blue hue on the barn and the world surrounding it. Sarah and John, along with some of their friends and family, wandered out to enjoy the moonlight and stars. It wasn’t long though before they were chased by the chilly winter air back to the warm and cozy environment inside the barn. – Brian


 

Photo of the Month – March: Arctic Lava

We call this image “Arctic Lava”. It was early May few years back, and the midnight sun was hovering above a 5000 yr old lava flow in western Iceland, less than one hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. We were in the region working in partnership with Iceland Tourism, exploring opportunities for backcountry skiing and adventure tourism, while investigating the development of a future national park on the Hornstrandir Peninsula – a place that could some day become Iceland and Europe’s largest protected wild area.

Camera Info: Canon 5D, 200mm, ISO 160, 1/125, f5.6

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New Wedding Portfolio to Share

We’re in the very early planning and research stages of a long-overdue website upgrade. (With some luck, we’ll have a beautiful new website to share in the fall of 2012!) In the meanwhile, we’ve been sifting through the hundreds of thousands of photos we’ve captured in recent years, and building out an image library that we (and our clients) can tap for an increasing array of projects. On the wedding front, we’ve put together a new wedding portfolio to share, which can be viewed as a simple online slideshow. You can access this through the Weddings page on our main website, www.EmberPhoto.com, or through this direct link here.

Thanks and enjoy the photos.
-Brian and Emily


 

SKI’s 2011 Best Photos of the Year

One of our images – captured while skiing along Iceland’s southern coast and in view of the mighty Vatnajokull glacier – was recently selected as one of SKI Magazine’s 2011 Best Photos of the Year. You can take a peek at the image online here and below. What a sweet day of skiing that was above the wild north Atlantic!

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Winter Photo Workshop at Spruce Peak at Stowe

Friends! Please join us later this month in Stowe for a FREE winter photo workshop at Spruce Peak at Stowe. Please see below for an overview of the workshop and for registration details.

Winter Outdoor Photo Workshop
w/ Spruce Peak at Stowe in Stowe, VT
Thursday, December 29, 2011
8 – 11am @ Spruce Peak at Stowe – Golf Clubhouse
Cost: FREE
Registration Required: Please email us at info@emberphoto.com or call 802-496-5434.

Overview:
Hosted by Dave Hatoff with Spruce Peak at Stowe, and led by Vermont photographers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson (www.EmberPhoto.com), this workshop is designed to help develop your interest in winter outdoor photography. We’ll cover the basics of winter exposures, the creative use of light, as well as action, landscape, portrait and close-up/macro techniques.

Meeting Place:
Please be prompt and meet at 8am at the Spruce Peak Golf Clubhouse. (Turn into the first/main entrance for Spruce Peak at Stowe – approximately 6 miles up along Rt. 108 from downtown Stowe. The Golf Clubhouse is on the right as you enter the area.) If necessary, keep our cell #s handy: Dave (802)- 498-4835 / Brian (802)-989-0570.

Important Reminders:
Clothing: We want to be warm and comfortable, so please be extra-prepared for the cold and wind (even if it looks like a warm, calm day) by dressing warmer than you normally would and wearing a hooded winter jacket, some warm gloves (w/ glove liners, so you take your hands out of your gloves), a neck warmer and at least one pair of basic hand warmers (these will also help to keep your extra batteries warm). Please wear sturdy snow boots (and gaiters, if necessary) that enable some walking in the snow.

Camera: Have your camera ready to go with fresh batteries (and at least one back-up battery, if available), at least one good lens wipe/cloth, and a simple lens-brush or lens-pen (for wiping dust from lens). Bring along and wear a camera chest pack or other carrying case/pack if you have one. If you have multiple lenses, please bring at least one wide angle lens, or a lens with some good range (e.g. 18-200mm), for versatility. Tri-pods are optional, but feel free to bring one along if it works well and you have practiced with it.

MISC: Please bring a small backpack for carrying your extra items, some extra layers, etc.. as well as anything you like to have with you when out photographing for a few hours. (e.g. water, snack, etc..)

Workshop Schedule:
8am – Meet and greet at Golf Clubhouse. Indoor slideshow and overview of camera basics, composition techniques, exposure and more.

8:45am –Outdoor Session – We’ll spend some time photographing the varied landscape and views accessible from the golf course (i.e. views, woods, snow/ice forms, water) and practicing some of the tricks of the trade. You’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with Brian and Emily to dial in your camera skills.

10:30am – Return to Toll House Conference Center for continued discussion. We’ll review some of the photos we captured outside, as well as others from Brian and Emily’s archives that relate to the discussion. Final Q&A.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
– Brian & Emily

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