How I Got the Shot: Spring Mist on the Boquet River

by Mark Bowie | Photography

Fresh Spring Bouquet, Boquet River

Exposure Data:
About 2 seconds, f/22, ISO 50
Tojo 4×5 View Camera, Nikkor 90mm SW lens (35mm equivalent about 27mm)

On a drizzly morning, mist hung low over the Boquet River, nourishing fresh spring greenery lining its banks. The river winds through a flat valley, shallow and gentle but for a few precipitous plunges. Here, with a running start, the flow’s subtle S-curve splays out in soft white cascades.

The evenness of the lighting made determining exposure simple. I concentrated on the composition and on keeping the lens dry. A relatively long shutter speed rendered the water as a gossamer blur. I used a polarizing filter to cut glare off the wet leaves, rocks and water. We can even see the colorful cobbles in the stream bed. The weather, the foliage and the water are in perfect harmony. They speak of a freshness and a softness found only in this season.

Mark Bowie is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life magazine and a much sought-after public speaker, offering presentations to camera clubs, environmental groups and others. He recently released a new e-book, Finding November, about his quest to seek out the hidden beauty beyond the month’s bare trees and gray skies. He is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute (API). See API’s 2016 schedule of photo workshops, including the Weekend with Adirondack Life Magazine event, at For more on Mark’s work, visit

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