Maine Rivers

Mike and I paddled up the Androscoggin River starting from the boat landing in Turner Friday morning. We were there the week before without our cameras and saw that the mouth of the Nezinscot River would be an interesting place to photograph so we decided to return this past weekend. From the Turner bridge to the mouth of the Nezinscot is a two mile paddle. What makes this place interesting is that it’s not easy to get to, there are no roads leading to it so the photos you get are going to be unique. It’s enjoyable to visit commonly visited areas like Reid State Park and try to get original photos but to get to an area that you have to put a little work or effort into is even more enjoyable because you know you’re not going to run into the typical fair weather photographer. We could tell no one had been to the the Nezinscot area in months. Along the shore there was a lot of sand deposited from spring runoff but there wasn’t a footprint to be found.

I photographed the stream flowing over the rocks from different angles and experimented with a stacked polarizer and ND filter to get a really slow shutter speed. The even, overcast lighting helped, we didn’t have to deal with the contrast of sun and shadows. The photo above was taken with a fifteen second exposure. I think it’s all right but I wasn’t really happy with the wide shots. I noticed an oak leaf trapped on the bottom of the river right on the edge of a small waterfall, 8 or 9 inches high, if that. The first few photos I took were wide angle and included more of the background and the leaf was small in the frame. I then decided to zoom in on it and just include the small falls and rock. For me it was the photo of the day. It pays to keep working an area even if you’re not 100% inspired at first and to pay attention to details rather than just the big picture.