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CONFLUENCE | by William Charles Cross
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Old friends will recognize one of my favorite "theme" topics (see the SET to the right)--this falls on Sugar River which is truly a well kept secret. Even on the sunniest weekend summer day there will be only one or 2 groups of people enjoying the view and the misty air; most often I'm there alone when I shoot. I went out to do a test of the new 80-400mm and had a terrible time :) Mist on the lens (forgot the lens hood), more water coming over the falls than I've ever seen, so the water blur effect was anything but subtle. Also, I didn't dare cross over the stream, which had turned into a rushing torrent that seemed a foot or 2 higher than I've seen--covering most of the stepping stones I usually use. No way the new lens was going to be trusted to my footing under those conditions. And the best shots are from the other side !! I also found out that the default setting for the remote timer on the D90 can really work against a tripod shooter in adverse conditions. It kept timing out on me while I played with shutter speeds and zoom settings, and wiping the lens, requiring enough resets that I was forced to read the manual (later) to find which menu item holds the longer settings. Oh my. Anyhow, this one looked OK after all the bother, so here you are.

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Taken on October 29, 2009