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Offline mgross

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Best locations to focus on for a photographer
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:04:44 AM »
I am a photographer traveling from Europe to shoot pictures of the fall foliage in New England. Planning to depart from New York on Sep-29th and get back on Oct-20th. My preference is to focus on best 2-4 "Anchor" locations rather than running throughout all potential Foliage locations in New England. Taking in consideration the time window that I mentioned, what would you recommend?

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Re: Best locations to focus on for a photographer
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 09:29:42 AM »
This should give you a good start...

North East Kingdom of Vt.
Stowe VT
Woodstock VT
Dixville notch NH
Jackson NH
Conway NH
Wolfboro NH
Concord MA
Southbridge MA
North Adams MA
Litchfield Hills CT
Mystic CT
Essex CT
Greenville ME.
Rangeley ME.

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 03:32:39 PM »
Jeff, many thanks for the quick and detailed reply.
I wish I could do the entire list you suggested, but given limitations of time, potential bad weather and specific nature of landscape photography (patience, patience and more patience) I must choose 3-4 anchored locations best cover the list you suggest. Can you help me with that?

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 11:27:32 AM »
I'll throw two anchor locations out there for the first part of your trip. The Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont in early October, followed by The White Mountains on NH. Both of those locations are fairly close to each other and are some of the first areas to reach peak color. Here's a video I made last year on October 3rd in the Northeast Kingdom. Keep in mind that last year was a few days behind normal as far as fall color goes in the NEK.


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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2017, 03:39:19 PM »
I have the "Lonely Planet" book of New England Best Trips and surprisingly under the section of "Fall Foliage Tour" they advise starting from East Connecticut (Kent), going up through West of the Green Mountains to Lake Champlain and then continue towards East to Bretton Woods and North Conway. Given the information that I have collected so far (including your recommendations) that the earliest foliage appears in North, this route sounds me confusing. Do I miss anything here?

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2017, 06:14:29 PM »
At the end of September - early October there isn't going to much foliage development in southern New England. Your best bet is to head to northern eastern VT / NH or even the western mountains of Maine and slowly work your way south as the foliage develops. Even Burlington, VT isn't going to be all that great at that time because Lake Champlain is a big heat sink that keeps the area warmer than it is away from the lake. Hopefully Jeff will chime in as he knows much more about southern New England.

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2017, 06:22:27 PM »
Just got a message from Jeff. He tried to reply to your post from his phone, but can't get it to work. He'll get back to you when he has a chance to get to his computer. I'll see if I can figure out why the reply option isn't working for a phone.

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2017, 06:30:28 PM »
Test from  phone.

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2017, 09:15:29 AM »
Jeff, have you had the chance going into it from your PC or phone?
Thanks, Moshe Gross

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2017, 10:15:33 AM »
Well, I'm finally back and have a few moments to spare.
The NEK like John said will hold you for a few days. and this year is shaping up to be along "normal" timelines. Normal means that there should be really nice color up north by the 25th of Sept.

Next you might head to Jackson or Conway to base out of. This gives you north of the White mountains or south and the Kancamagus highway (Route 112)

Then maybe to Woodstock VT. this gives you the Jenne farm and Sleepy Hollow (north of and south of Woodstock) and further south in VT to Keene or over into the Lakes region.

Lastly you can hit Lexington and Concord MA hitting some history and color in the rolling lands of Massachusetts before flying out of Boston... Assuming you are flying out there.


Jeff, have you had the chance going into it from your PC or phone?
Thanks, Moshe Gross

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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2017, 03:46:59 PM »
Jeff, thanks for the helpful recommendations.
One point that might impact your suggested plan is that I am landing and departing from NYC. Would this change?
Another questions, do you think staying in Lyndonville for NEK region is a good location?
And lastly, would you give up the Green Mountains/Rd 100?

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2017, 09:59:11 PM »
Jeff, thanks for the helpful recommendations.
One point that might impact your suggested plan is that I am landing and departing from NYC. Would this change?
Another questions, do you think staying in Lyndonville for NEK region is a good location?
And lastly, would you give up the Green Mountains/Rd 100?
I'll answer what I can for you. I don't think where you are starting or departing from really has any bearing on Jeff's suggestions. In order to find the best color when you are here you will need to start in the north and work your way south. As for Lyndonville, that would be a good central location in the NEK to be based out of. I'm about 30 minutes north of there in Island Pond.

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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2017, 05:00:03 AM »
Hear is my current plan (not final): landing in Burlington Airport and starting in Stowe. Then move to NEK (base in Lyndonville), White Mountains (North Conway) and to Bar Harbor ME. 4-5 days in each location. I keep open the last ~4 days for traveling South to New-York and covering areas per actual foliage reports.
What do you think about this plan? Would you change/add/remove anything?
Appreciate your opinions

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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2017, 06:58:07 AM »
I think that is as good as any plan can be. Because once you are on the ground it's likely to change based on weather and other factors.

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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 10:50:27 AM »
Hear is my current plan (not final): landing in Burlington Airport and starting in Stowe. Then move to NEK (base in Lyndonville), White Mountains (North Conway) and to Bar Harbor ME. 4-5 days in each location. I keep open the last ~4 days for traveling South to New-York and covering areas per actual foliage reports.
What do you think about this plan? Would you change/add/remove anything?
Appreciate your opinions
Sounds like a great plan to me. I was just in Stowe on Saturday. You could see the mountains starting to take on that late summer look instead of the bright greens normally associated with summer. I should have an aerial video as well as a video of our drive over Smugglers Notch Road in a day or two. I'm just waiting for a power cord for my laptop so I can finish editing the videos. I do have a photo from the drone of the Gondolas at the Stowe Ski Area.

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Re: Best locations to focus on for a photographer
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 10:50:27 AM »