Sabattus River

Sabattus River and the Big Dipper

Here’s a horizontal version of the previous photo with the shooting star. In this one if you look closely you can see the big dipper.

Last nights sky was nice and clear and I was in for the evening and watching the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. At about 10:30 I looked out the window and the stars were really bright so I decided to take a drive to one of my favorite locations to photograph; Sabattus River. I wanted to expand on the technique I tried for the first time a couple of weeks ago of photographing the stars but with a more interesting backdrop. When I got  to the river I noticed a slight mist hanging over the water, I figured it would add a little more interest to the photos. The moon was at half crescent so it added plenty of light to the scene so I didn’t have silhouettes. Even with the light of the half moon it was difficult to see through the viewfinder to compose but I did the best I could. I used the exact same camera settings as my first starry sky post, check that out to see what they were.

In the second photo you can see a shooting star just above the tree in the background, which I never saw while I was making the exposure. I was there till almost midnight and I’m pretty happy with the results for a second attempt at this technique. I’m looking forward to trying it this winter when there’s snow on the ground. Oh, by the way, I got home just in time to see the Patriots lose by a field goal.

I went to Sabattus River Friday morning to photograph some wildflowers and I found this dew covered web. The yellow in the background are out of focus goldenrods. The breeze had picked up when I photographed this so I had to use a shallow aperture to get a faster shutter speed to stop the movement of the web.

I went back to Sabattus River the next day after shooting the running water the evening before. I wanted to get more photos of compositions that I didn’t get a chance to do because the sun had set and I ran out of light, I could not see to focus. While I was shooting the running water this sandpiper showed up so I put on my telephoto lens and snapped some shots while it was foraging for food.  I’m pretty sure it’s a sandpiper, I looked in the field guide to try to positively identify it but I saw no photos that were an exact match. It may be a juvenile.

Curved Waterfall May

 This photo was taken on the same day as the alewives. I went back to the river in the early evening when the sun had gone behind the trees edging the river. This shot was about 30 feet upstream from where the fish were navigating the waterfall. To decrease the shutter speed, so I could get the silky water effect, I put a polarizing filter on the front of the lens which also helped to reduce the reflections. When I first set up, the rock on the left of the frame was bone dry and extremely bright. Luckily the water was shallow so I waded over and splashed water on it which darkened it up and reduced the contrast.

 

Alwives

Alewife Trying Waterfall2

Alewife Trying Waterfall

Alewives come upstream from the Androscoggin River into the Sabattus River to spawn. The two lower photos show a couple trying to navigate a small waterfall. I was in the location just off the Paper Mill Trail in Lisbon Falls for an hour and a half and in that time, even though the fall was only two feet high, only one was successful.  The water on top of the fall was so shallow  it couldn’t really swim any further and it ended up flopping around a bit and then being swept down to the bottom of the waterfall again.

I went kayaking on Sabattus River earlier this month and here is one of the photos I took. I saw a few turtles but this is the only one that stuck around long enough for me to get a photograph. All of them would slip into the water when I got within 50 feet. This one let me get to within 15 feet, but it too only let me take a few photos, before it dropped off the log and went below the surface.