Witt Road

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Witt Road, IN Jaffrey NH is one of my favorite spots for photography. It offers a westerly view of Mount Monadnock. Just the spot to catch a sunset.  I took this photo in late afternoon in February, 2013. A typical New England wintertime view.

Witt Road by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Witt Road, February 2013


The Golden Hour

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One of my Cape Cod rituals was an early morning trek to the beach to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic. In the evening I would complete the day by taking a short drive to watch the sun set over Cape Cod Bay. One of the many features of the outer cape.

At home in New Ipswich, I have not found a good vantage point for sunrises and sunsets, although at some point I need to check out Whittemore Hill  which may afford a view of Boston.

In my estimation a great sunrise and sunset will have some broken clouds which will be lit by the sun. The whole process is very dynamic with the light and colors changing rapidly. I usually try to take photos in HDR mode because of the great dynamic range of the light, something we can see but the camera sensor cannot.

On August 4th, we had some storm clouds. They broke in the late afternoon and I realized that the conditions were perfect for a sunset. One favorite view point for me is Witt Road in Jaffrey NH  which offers an unobstructed view of Mount Monadnock over Sawyer’s farm. I wasn’t alone in my quest, I saw two other folks with cameras. These photos were taken at the Golden Hour.

Photograph Mount Monadnock by John Poltrack on 500px
A hint of Crepuscular Rays over Mount Monadnock

Mount Monadnock by John Poltrack on 500px

Photograph Tree at Sunset by John Poltrack on 500px
I love the shape of this tree on the farm, the cows will gather in it’s shade on a hot day.

Tree at Sunset by John Poltrack on 500px

Photograph The Golden Hour by John Poltrack on 500px
Long shadows and reddish golden light, the perfect way to end the day

The Golden Hour by John Poltrack on 500px

Jaffrey Hilltop

I’m always on the lookout for a lone tree that I can photograph against the sky. When I do find one, I often return and take subsequent photos as the seasons change.  I especially like this tree which is located at Silver Ranch in Jaffrey, NH. Usually the pasture is full of horses.

New Ipswich Sampler at the Jaffrey Civic Center

An exhibit of work from the New Ipswich Artist league is on display at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The display will run from May 29 through Saturday, June 27th 2015. I attended the opening reception on Friday.
Jaffrey Civic Center
League members are Steve Brosque, Roland Coates, Carol Culhane, Debra Johnson, Mickey Katz, Danielle Le Bris, Karen Miller, Erin & Matt Patterson, Francie Riggs, Regina & Shannon Stirnweis, Betsy Thoms, and Susan Williams.

Not all members were present at the opening.
New Ipswich Artist League
The members are standing in front of paintings that they created based upon this photograph.
Inspiration for Art
There were a number of different interpretations of the cloud photo.
Cloud Paintings
Harvey and Susan Williams touring the exhibit
Harvey and Susan Williams
Work of Danielle M. Le Bris  – Encaustic Painting
Danielle M. Le Bris - Encaustic
It wouldn’t be an opening night without a selection of cheeses, wine and hors-d’oeuvres. Delicious.
Roland Coates
Roland Coates

Print of painted turtles by Matt Patterson. Matt is currently working on a book of reptiles and amphibians.
Matt Patterson - Painted Turtles
Wood Carving by Steve Brosque
Taking a break
Fairy House by Regina Stirnweis
Fairy House - Regina Stirnweis
Roland discussing his pencil drawing of “St. John Moon”.
Roland Coates discusses his colored pencil drawing
Money doesn’t grow on trees… or does it?  Mixed media by Mickey Katz (titled Money Tree).
Money Tree - Mickey Katz
When I saw the cloud photo, I realized that I had taken a similar shot in August of 2008 in Falmouth, MA.

Falmouth Cloud

I’ve only included a few photos of the all the works on exhibit. Stop in and see it before June 27th.