From: Light, To: Dark

By:  Greg
September 10, 2010

As I figured out how these shots, “worked” I came up with a set of criteria that really helped in figuring out if a swimming hole would work or not. In general the equation “big waterfall+small swimmer=good shot” ruled the day. To load the “big waterfall” side of this equation we decided to visit some of the more famous cascades of Vermont to see if we could make this type of photography work there too. Although the pool here wasn’t very big, it did end up being a few feet over our head. Most importantly though it was situated in an absolutely beautiful location.
Beautiful location

Indeed, the sight of these waterfalls a few minutes after sunset as blue twilight filtered in through the trees was truly incredible. I’m already looking forward to next summer (did I just say that?!), and visiting the myriad of places we didn’t have time to visit this summer.
The scene we frequently enjoyed

In the end we truly enjoyed ourselves making these types of shots, and I hope it shows in the photography.
fun times part 2

Looking back on the summer and this set of photographs, I’m very happy to have this collection to hang my hat on. At the very least it was a great way to enjoy what would have otherwise been down time in the “off season.” I’m now personally ready to go from light to dark. I’ll leave you with what was without a doubt, my favorite of the collection.
My favorite of the collection

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  1. Sam
    wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 3:39 pm  
  2. Adrian
    wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm  

    Like Sam said, this is all very cool! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a few years, but I’ve never really had the chance to just go and done it. The closest I’ve gotten is playing around with off camera flashes, which can conjure up some neat images, like this one I shot a few years back in New Zealand.

    Oh, and save me a calendar – I’ll have to come by sometime and pick it up.

    • Greg
      wrote on September 13th, 2010 at 11:12 am  

      hey dude… nice shot! Maybe we can get together this winter and (at the very least) try to do some of these with snow/skis ?

      you’re calendar is set aside fo sho…

  3. Zach
    wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 5:15 pm  

    Very cool Greg! You and Grant do mindblowing work! Even without the action portion of the shot, the scenics (for ex. the capture of the brook flow in picture #2 at that exact moment, with those exact colors) are wonderful. Keep up the good work!

    • Greg
      wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 7:40 pm  

      Thanks Zach! Really appreciate it! These were a lot of fun to make, and you are spot on right that the scenes themselves are cool. I actually have a TON of just scenics out of this little project. I like the little bit added by the person though ;) see you soon!

  4. Altmanator
    wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 6:13 pm  

    Kudos Greg! These are truly unique and compelling images. The second one totally creeps me out though. It has a very corpse-like feel to it and is quite freaky. Like a ghost of swimming holes past thing going on. I really like the shadow in the second to last one and of course the final image is just wild, not to mention a big leap on KC’s part. Swimming holes and Skiing. Is there really anything else we need in life?

    • Greg
      wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 7:39 pm  

      I hear you dude. There is definitely something about that shot. Not my favorite of the lot by far–in fact I almost left it out of the set–but some people I’d shared it with seemed to really like it for the creep factor so I decided to put it in.

      Anyway, thanks for the comment! Can’t wait till you-know-what!!

    • Dwyer
      wrote on September 10th, 2010 at 11:35 pm  

      I don’t know what you two are so riled up about, shes just itching her belly.

      I hope that you know what is referring to the tandem dry-pow and bud-dry that’ll be consumed in a few short months.

    • K_C
      wrote on September 13th, 2010 at 9:14 am  

      Ha my hand was actually en-route to holding my nose to avoid ingesting more VT river water

  5. powhounddd
    wrote on September 11th, 2010 at 9:02 pm  
    • Greg
      wrote on September 13th, 2010 at 11:12 am  

      thanks dude! And thanks for your order! Can’t wait to ship it out to you!

  6. Peter
    wrote on September 13th, 2010 at 11:58 am  

    Nice work Greg. I’d love to work with you on making some more of these happen on snow this winter.


    • Greg
      wrote on September 13th, 2010 at 3:14 pm  

      thanks pete… as emailed, looking forward to it. i’ve got some stuff i’ve learned as well!

  7. Talbert
    wrote on September 13th, 2010 at 12:01 pm  

    Wow. These are amazing, this is like my tenth time looking at these and I am so amazed. From concept to execution these are masterpieces. Thanks for sharing!

  8. natron
    wrote on September 15th, 2010 at 7:17 pm  

    some of the best and unique pix i’ve ever seen..

    • Greg
      wrote on September 15th, 2010 at 9:20 pm  

      thank you Nate! Now it’s time to make some WINTER versions :D

    • Sam
      wrote on September 20th, 2010 at 10:34 pm  

      Winter swimming?! That’s hardcore!

  9. Zak
    wrote on September 17th, 2010 at 4:03 pm  

    There is an eerie beauty to each of these pictures…incredible! They show a different perspective to summertime in VT.

    During my college years at Plymouth State University and also spending much time in VT during winter & summer, I have noticed that swimming holes are the summertime powder stash…many people know they exist but few have the ability and dedication to find them.

    • Greg
      wrote on September 19th, 2010 at 10:27 am  

      Thanks for the kind words Zak! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them. Giving a new perspective on VT swimming holes—including capturing a bit of the “pow stash” aura of them that you describe–was exactly what I was going for….

      Thanks for checking in!

  10. jimmy dean
    wrote on September 27th, 2010 at 8:11 pm  

    any more pictures of the girl?

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