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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand......Emotions

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:41 pm
by ctyanky
(Or is it all in the Eye of the Beholder?.........)

Last week I received the autumn issue of a popular magazine published in Vermont. Anxious to plunge into the fall foliage photography section, I quickly flipped through the pages with great anticipation! Where are the autumn photos! My heart was beating! It’s finally arrived!

And there it was! The picture of a place in Vermont that set the stage for such an emotional response that it brought an immediate tear to my eye. Goose bumps were a given! You may ask, how can such a shot, not even taken by myself, a novice at best, evoke such a reaction? You see, it was not just about “a stunning photo of a red barn at a crest of a dirt road against a blazing foliage hillside in Stowe Hollow”. (That description is in of itself enough to create quite a visual sensation!)

For me, it conjured up memories of the first annual reunion of our SOV group led by PWT of our foliage forum. We stopped here only on my dear friend Carol’s insistence that she get a shot of every conceivable angle of this scenic that possessed one of those rare “wow” factors. (I know she has one in her portfolio that is gorgeous!) :wink:

As I continued to relish what this photo meant to me, I reflected back on our back road excursions and all the fun things we did that day, my new forum friends, the foliage season and this mind boggling landscape before us. All rolled into one endearing Vermont memory. Yes, this one sweet picture did all that! Charles, you are right. “Memories are Priceless”. They are truly an integral part of photography, whether you have intended to take a picture just for yourself or for others to enjoy. They are keepsakes.

Hats off to you my Scenes of Vermont photography friends. I salute you. You have made some very special memories for me as I peruse the forums or through your individual websites of places I have traveled in the great state of Vermont.

This passion of yours? I get it. I truly do.

(Addendum: Carol was part of my inspiration to write this. I think she is one heck of a fine photographer!).

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:23 pm
by abby
Hey CT,
I am humbled and honored to be your inspiration to write this post. It means so much to me, so first and foremost, thank you from the bottom of my heart! :D
I'll never forget being on that hillside shooting that scene with all of you. It was so magical. I just KNEW there was a good shot to be found there and I am really happy with the one that I chose to put up on my website. I am really looking forward now to getting my magazine....it hasn't arrived yet.......but now I'm even more anxious to see this photo taken from the "professional" photographer's perspective.

I'd like to post my take on this shot for you now:
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You wrote that it brought a tear to your eye when you saw it in the magazine. I want you to know.........that I now have a tear in my eye from this post. It amazes me not only how passionate I get with my photography, but how emotional I get just thinking back on the times we have spent together cruising the main streets and backroads of Vermont. As our friend Al put it so well last year after our get together..........it's not just the sights and scenes of Vermont that are so special.......it's also the bonds and friendships we have formed that mean just as much if not more. (Not his exact words but something along those lines)
I can't wait for our Vermont excursions this Fall. I know I am going to be bringing home some new shots for my portfolio, but oh..........I KNOW I am going to be bringing home so much more than that in my heart!

Thanks so much!! Your partner in crime,
Carol

Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:57 am
by ctyanky
Carol: Thanks for putting up this "winning" shot! (Private joke). Yes, we are in for a trip of a lifetime. Can't wait! Funny, how one picture can bring up so many memories. Different for all of us too.

Thanks again for posting it because YOUR shot is better than the one in the magazine which I hope you get very soon!!!! I think you will love the article's intro written by the photographer/author. It's you in a nutshell. :wink:

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:21 am
by ctyanky
Directions from the Foliage King Phil to get to this red barn at Stowe Hollow. Worth it in every sense of the word!

"Go to Main Street in Stowe and take School Street. It's across from the big white church. Drive about a 1/4 mile and turn right onto the Stowe Hollow Road. The first part of the road is woodsy, then you come to the top of a hill looking over Stowe Hollow. At the bottom of the hill turn right to continue the Stowe Hollow Road. Drive a short way until you come to an intersection with Emilie's Covered Bridge on the right side. Turn left there and drive until you see the farm on the left at the junction of the Upper Hollow Road."

Various

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:30 am
by brandtb
Were you all shooting late morning here? Beautiful shot btw Carol. Also, I was checking the directions with a map...directions read "At the bottom of the hill turn right to continue the Stowe Hollow Road" - should this be take right on Covered Bridge Road??

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:54 am
by pwt54
No. You go down a hill as you approach the Stowe Hollow community. At the bottom of the hill you turn right to continue the Stowe hollow Road. Then you come to the intersection with the covered bridge. You turn left there to go to the farm. HOWEVER, if you plan to take photos of the bridge, then do turn right and drive through the bridge because the parking area is there. When you are done at the bridge, drive through the bridge and go straight ahead to get to the farm.

Direction Part II

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:30 am
by brandtb
The reason I asked is because base on directions given... if you go down School St. then take R on S.H. Road (left would take you on to Taber Hill Road) then you come to a FORK in the road ...and Covered Bridge Road is the RIGHT hand turn, and S.H. Road is the LEFT hand turn. The RIGHT hand turn in the direction of the bridge seems to me to Covered Bridge, not Stowe Hollow... as it says in the directions....

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:27 pm
by Andy
I'm looking at the map now, and have the same confusion as Brandt. Phil??

Re: Various

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:21 pm
by abby
brandtb wrote:Were you all shooting late morning here? Beautiful shot btw Carol. Also, I was checking the directions with a map...directions read "At the bottom of the hill turn right to continue the Stowe Hollow Road" - should this be take right on Covered Bridge Road??

Hi Brandt,
Sorry I can't help with the directions.....Phil was leading us all over, and I have no idea how we even got to this spot. I can however answer your question on the time of day. We did this after lunch. I would say it was somewhere around 2:00 in the afternoon.

Got it

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:16 am
by brandtb
Thanks Carol. Re. directions, I "understand" where it is and can see it on satellite map, it just that the directions have a lableing "hiccup" on one of the names, and someone else might get confused perhaps

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:42 am
by pwt54
With the directions I gave you, you would go past the Covered Bridge Road. The reason I did this is the view of Stowe Hollow from the top of the hill. It might be worth a photo or two. One other thing I should mention. If you don't take the right turn in Stowe Hollow, and go straight, you will be on the Upper Hollow Road. This road ends right at the Farm on the Stowe Hollow Road, but you will miss the Covered Bridge and there are better views on the Stowe Hollow Road. The original directions were designed for maximum views and features. :D

That said...

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:09 am
by brandtb
I understand your reasons perfectly. That said again re. the directions you say , "If you don't take the right turn in Stowe Hollow, and go straight, you will be on the Upper Hollow Road." I think our point is...is that this should read...you have to take a right on Covered Bridge Road - instead of Stowe Hollow as you had in your directions. You reach the covered bridge via Covered Bridge Road coming from Stowe

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:08 pm
by ctyanky
Here is one of the stories behind the haunting of Emily's Bridge. Just a tidbit to add to the fun of going through it! An older article I found but a fun read! :wink:

http://www.stowetoday.com/this_week/fea ... 38e02.html