NETR Field Correspondents
On The Road 2005: Appalachian Trail (using a Canon A70 digital camera)
Every trail, no matter where it is, no matter how prosaic it seems, has beauties of its own. Our job, and our challenge, is to take one day on a trail, and find everything we can during that one day. Wildlife, plants, complex stumps, slime molds and mushrooms, even icicles or snow formations - and, of course, the best outlooks we can find. The idea is to show the potential of what you could see on any day on that trail.
How We Do It
Every trail begins at one end and ends at the other. In between lies the taking of between 100 and 500 images from along and beside the trail. There's a special sensitivity that can emerge during a hike, as it becomes clear that any tiny spot on a tree may be a fantastically shaped mushroom, or that any gleam in a fast moving stream could be a complex of icicles that look like a Greek temple.
There have been many different cameras used to produce these images... film and digital
Each camera and lens has had strengths and weaknesses - but it isn't the equipment that makes these images; what really counts is how actively you are looking and how to turn what you see into a special composition.
Why We Do It
Back in the late 1980s, my friend Len Coolbeth brought his album of images of the White Mountains to work. I had never seen anything so amazing, and decided I had to go there. It took several years before I was ready to summit Mount Adams, but I fell in love again with the woods and with hiking. I brought my camera and started capturing the experience of walking the trail.
In 2000 I was walking up Owls Head in New Hampshire when some ideas about content management and a desire to use all those pictures I was taking came together with a name - New England Trail Review had become an idea. Six months later it was an online reality, and now, over several thousand images make up the core of the site, with many more waiting in the wings.
We hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
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