Falls at The Basin, Franconia Notch, NH.
Falls at The Basin, Franconia Notch, NH.

We visited Franconia Notch today on our way south to Plymouth to run an errand. We stopped in at The Basin, where the Pemigewasset River has carved a bunch of little waterfalls into the granite. The snow started falling again, and it got cold, so we didn’t make it all the way to The Basin itself (which, according to Google Images, is pretty rad). I also didn’t have my tripod with me. That made shooting any long exposure waterfall pictures a little difficult. For this one, I set the camera up on a railing, with the end of the lens held up by a tiny pile of snow. I couldn’t frame the image that well without worrying that my camera would slide and drop six feet into the river.

For the next image below this one, there was nowhere to set up at all. I had to exhale, hold my arms close to my body, and hope for the best. If you think you can hold still for several seconds, try doing it for even a quarter-second while you try to get a reasonably sharp photo. If you move or sway even a little, your photo will be a fuzzy mess. I learned today that for purposes of photography, at least, it’s impossible to be still even for a moment.

Anyway, this is my public declaration that these photos suck. I’ll be better prepared next time I’m in the neighborhood.


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