The New England Autumn is legendary and for good reason. As the late summer fades into memory, the colors of the trees begin their transformation into brilliant reds, oranges, and gold. The air loses its summer haze rendering the sky a brilliant blue and providing the foliage with a crisp cool backdrop. Mornings are often misty, giving the landscape an ethereal quality. The clarity of the sky brings us opportunities for photographing the night sky. On clear nights, we will photograph the stars. At this time of year, the galactic core of our Milky Way is still visible, albeit only for a short time at night.
New England has many lakes, large and small which make for wonderful reflections of the autumn hues. There are 19th-century covered bridges, white steepled churches, rolling farmlands, red barns, waterfalls, and so much more. On this photo tour, we will be specifically exploring the beautiful scenery in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and later in the week we will head east where we will visit some iconic lighthouses in southern Maine such as Portland Head Light, Nubble Light and Whaleback Light.
Early October is the peak time to experience fall color in the White Mountains. The red maple trees appear to intensify their colors against the mingling evergreens. The White Mountains offer rocky streams, hiking trails, and scenic vistas, with reflective lakes and ponds. There is an abundance of beauty with every glance.
New England weather can be fickle. In October, it can be quite warm during the day and very chilly at night. Expect a wide range of conditions, from partly cloudy, to sunny, to possibly even rain and snow. As they say in New England, if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute.
Overall, temperatures could range from low 80°F down to 35°F, so be prepared for a range of conditions. These extremes create beautiful morning mists and valley fogs over the lakes and ponds. It can become windy as well. Dress in layers, wear comfortable hiking boots, warm hat and gloves recommended. Night shoots can be quite cold. Plan clothing accordingly. A rain poncho that can cover your backpack is recommended. Rain will not stop us!
Plan on flexing your photographic creativity muscle on this tour. There will be lots of opportunities to create daytime long exposures, perhaps some ICM and in-camera multiple exposures to create impressionistic images of the colorful scene.
We will meet in New Hampshire, settle in at the hotel and have dinner. After dinner, we will head out on shoot. Depending on the clarity of the skies, we may begin our tour chasing the stars.
Here’s an example of what the schedule for the photo tour would look like for 2 of the days:
Day 1. We will begin our day before daybreak, driving to a nearby lake to capture the first rays of the sun as they start lighting the landscape. After a couple of hours, we will return to home base for breakfast. Free time to midafternoon. Then we head out to catch the golden hour and sunset shoot, followed by dinner, and finish up the day with an astrolandscape shoot (weather permitting).
Day 2. We will head out before dawn to photograph a white church among the foliage, hopefully with the mist rising from the lake in the foreground. We return to home base for breakfast. Free time until noon. After lunch we will head out to photograph waterfalls, golden hour and sunset. After dinner, we will photograph the stars (weather permitting).
The itinerary is determined day to day, based on the forecasted conditions. Be prepared, rain often brings the best conditions to photograph the foliage. On clear nights, star trails, and astrolandscapes are our goal. We will spend 5 days in New Hampshire and then head to the rugged coast of Maine to photograph lighthouses.
A 3-hour online session a week after the tour is included for post-processing astrolandscape images.
The cost of the photo tour includes lodging, breakfast, dinner on the first night, snacks, and post-tour post-processing session. Airfare, transportation, drinks, and other meals are not included. Airports in order of distance, Portland, ME, Portsmouth, NH, Boston, MA. A vehicle with high clearance suggested.
- DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
- 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and/or 100-400mm lenses
- ND Filters
- Memory cards
- Camera/lens cover (to protect from rain)
- Lens cleaner/wipes
- Batteries and charger.
- Small red flashlight
October 9-16, 2023
- 7 days of guided photography in beautiful New England
- 6 nights lodging in your own room
- First night’s dinner
- Breakfast everyday
- Unlimited snacks
- A 3-hour online astrolandscape post-processing session (scheduled a week after the tour)
Airfare, transportation, drinks, and other meals are not included.
Group size maximum 8 attendees (a minimum of 4 registrants is required for the tour to be a go). TOUR IS FULL – Please fill out the form below to be added to the waitlist should someone drop out.
Early Bird Payment (before June 15, 2023) if paid in full $2496.00
After June 15, 2023 $2996.00
A deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due 3 months before the tour. Payment can be made via check, bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal. Payments made via credit card or PayPal incur a 4% fee.
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Full payment is required for all workshops, photo tours, or classes (hereinafter known as the “Event(s)”) with a total cost of less than $300. For Events that are in excess of $300, there will be an Event-specific deposit price listed on the website to lock your spot in the Event. Full payment is required 3 months prior to the start of the Event. A separate invoice will be sent for the remaining balance 3.5 months prior to the start of the Event.
Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable. Additional payments toward your balance are fully refundable up to 90 days before the tour. If you withdraw from the tour and we are able to fill your spot, we will refund your payments (including deposit), less a $200 administrative fee, and any discounts given to fill the space. Cancellations for an Event where an entrance fee, lodging payment, vehicle, tickets, or another segment where the payment was incurred before the start of the Event by Silvana Della Camera Photography to reserve that segment the attendee will forfeit reimbursement for those fees.
Event Cancellation Policy: There is always the possibility that we may choose to cancel a workshop, photo tour, or class, and we reserve the right to do so at our discretion. This tour requires a minimum of 4 participants. In the case of under-subscription, we reserve the right to cancel the tour. Should that be the case, your registration fees will be refunded in full.
We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your costs in case of cancellation, illness or withdrawal. Cancellations, for any reason, must be in writing (e-mail or regular mail). If we cancel the Event for any reason, a full refund will be given to each participant.