I'm a new member to the forum, but I've been lurking about for a while... I used the search function for an answer to this question but did not find one. I am coming to Vermont this weekend (Oct. 11) on a quick photography shoot, and I am looking for a specific scene to shoot. I am looking for a lake or large pond with *still* water, trees along the edge (preferably changing color), that are reflected in the water. Here is a link (my Web gallery) to a picture similar to the one I hope to shoot. (If linking is not allowed, I apologize! I'm new.)
Mountains in the background would definitely be a plus! If anyone knows of such a place, please let me know. I'd like to shoot the scene either at sunrise or sunset this Saturday. Many thanks in advance.
I'm not restricted to just that kind of shot, but I'm sort of commissioned to get that shot for someone. I'll keep my eyes open for other scenes and report back what I find.
I have no set place to be in Vermont. I'm going up there to drive the entire state if I have to in search of that shot! Since I'm leaning toward snow-capped mountain shots, I may go north, but I'm certainly willing to go to the south.
Thanks very much for your help. I do appreciate it.
First, I could be mistaken, but at least here in the south we only got a touch of snow a week ago. Even up north it has been fairly warm for many days so I am not sure if there is really any snow left. Maybe one of the "northerners" can answer that.
Okay I have a few ideas for you in the south of the state, and they are fairly close to each other and easy to access.
I assume you are coming from New Jersey, since your profile says you are from there. Get yerself to Albany, then take NY7 east through Troy towards Vermont. When you cross the state line it becomes VT9, take it east through Bennington. After you pass through Bennington (where the color is just starting) you will start to climb up into the Greens. At the top of the mountain you will be in Woodford, VT.
I've never given directions here so these may not be perfect... keep driving on route 9. After a few miles, you will see on the left side a small lake called I believe Woodford Lake (imagine that). It has a lot of cottages on it and I am not sure if there is any public access, but it is very peaceful and still, and you can see it from the road.
If you keep going on route 9, you will see on the right side a small pond that has a tiny island on it with a picturesque log cabin. You might be able to get the shot you want right from the road. However, the trees, if I recall correctly, are mostly pines in that particular spot.
If you keep going you will eventually hit the town of Searsburg. Keep going and you will descend into the Deerfield (Mt. Snow) Valley. You will go down a steep incline with two runaway truck ramps. At the very bottom of that hill, on the left side, is Somerset Road, which is not marked. Turn left on it. (If you get to construction on route 9 where they are building new bridges, you went too far.)
Follow that road for about a mile and you will find next to the road a small reservoir, with a white dam house. The Searsburg Reservoir is accessible at multiple places around its perimeter and is generally quiet, and there are no buildings aside from the dam house. Best time is probably late afternoon if you want most of it illuminated, but the water will be more still in the morning.
Bear in mind that morning fog on bodies of water is a given around here this time of year, especially with a relatively warm air mass in place. If you don't want the fog go in the afternoon, but there will be more ripples.
Here's a shot I took well after sunset at the Searsburg Reservoir last night. This is a 10 second exposure heavily level-adjusted in Photoshop, but should give you an idea:
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I think that should suit your needs well. If you keep going on route 9 you will come into Wilmington, there are more lakes around.
Good luck, and please post a link so we can see what you end up taking!
BTW... would you consider the picture I posted to be "peak", "past peak", "pre-peak", what? --c
poosmoos: By November 2 there will be nothing left in the higher elevations, so my directions won't matter. What foliage is left will be in the "banana belt", meaning the valleys of the two towns in the lower corners: Bennington and Brattleboro. You are fortunate that things are late this year, normally even they are bare by November 2.
For anyone else interested, the drive from Bennington to the Searsburg Reservoir is about 30 minutes in ideal conditions, assuming no stops.
Thanks very much to all who responded. I cannot wait to get there!