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Bull's Bridge, Connecticut

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Bull's Bridge Connecticut
Bull's Bridge Connecticut, the night before, in the dark

Touring around Connecticut, on a weekend break- timed to see the Fall colour, or more appropriately, color.

We were a little too early, but the timing of Peak Color is not an exact science. The more the season progresses, the more chance of strong winds taking away your prize.

As with anything to do with photography, there is no substitute for a thorough understanding of your subject, and unlimited access to it, if you're to produce good work. I have nothing against touring, but tourist photos are very much a hit or miss affair. I'm not a natural landscape photographer, it takes me a lot of work, but the point of this series of pictures is to familiarise myself with the camera, and test its operation.

We stumbled across Bull's Bridge in the evening- crossed the covered bridge, and pulled up. I took a walk down beside the rapids and found this spot- then went back for the camera.

By the time I had the camera set up, it was already quite dark- and by the time I had something composed, it was getting too dark to focus. Since I was there, I loaded and exposed a sheet. Metering indicated an exposure time of 10 minutes, including reciprocity compensation. Five minutes later, it indicated 20 minutes, and five minutes after that, it was getting too dark to find my way back. Now that's reciprocity failure...

We returned the next day for another attempt. I checked the ephemeris, which indicated that sometime after midday would be good, and we went back and repeated the shot. After that one, we spent a pleasant afternoon walking up and down the river, taking a few more shots, having a picnic, and pondering strategies for reducing the weight of the next prototype...