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Paul Hopkins

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Enjoys hiking in the Whites and photography as a serious amateur photographer ... and enjoys helping others do the same. He leads photo hikes, where you'll not only stop to smell the flowers and contemplate the scenery, but also photograph same. His trips are planned so that the views have maximum photographic impact, especially around sunup or sundown. You'll get tips and instruction if you want it. Any camera will do!

Hi and welcome to my gallery. Come on in and look around. I think you'll like what you see. If you would like to have pictures like these in your collection, come on my hikes.!

I lead photo hikes, where the object is to bag compelling pictures, rather than bag peaks. My hikes are generally easy paced, but are designed for photography. We may look for targets of opportunity, alpine flowers for example, or be at a specific place and time for a moon rise, or sunset.!

Any camera you have will do. Compelling photographs are more about composition and being in the right place at the right time rather than camera magic. I do provide instruction on a as needed basis.

Photographing Splash Icicles
Diana's Baths, Bartlett, NH
March 30,2007


This beautiful Painted Trillium was found along the Avalon Trail just before sundown on May 17, 1999. The sun was behind Mt. Tom and the soft evening light evenly illuminated the blossom without harsh shadows.

A female Balsam Fir cone in Flower stage.
The cone is open for pollinization. Soon it will close and turn the more familiar purple/black as the seeds develop.
Found on the summit of Carter Dome, June 17, 2006

A bunch of Bunchberries.
This nearly perfect specimen literally seemed to scream at me to take its picture.
It was found in a very protected spot along the Crawford Path in the Pierce-Eisenhower col on August 21, 2010

Cotton Headed Sedges waving in the breeze.
I was fortunate to catch this shot as the wind paused for a quick breath. Found along the Crawford Path in the Pierce-Eisenhower col on June 25, 2008

Swirling water rushing down a chute and churning in an eroded pothole.
Diana's Baths, May 1, 2004

Top view of Avalanche Falls in Flume State Park.
These falls are located in the Flume Brook where it enters the Flume Gorge.
May 29, 2005

Franconia Ridge in strong alpenglow.
The quality of light observed during alpenglow depends on the cloud cover along the opposite horizon, and the type of cover on the mountain summits. Snow and rime reflect 100% of the glow.
From Mt. Pemigewasset, February 10, 2006

The full moon rising directly behind the summit of Mt. Washington as viewed from Mt. Martha on April 19, 2008.
The mountain is illuminated in alpenglow as the moon rises. Typical shoot time before the mountain goes dark is 3-5 minutes.

This Gray Birch shown here in Fall colors is located along the UNH trail on the East Ledges of Hedgehog Mtn. It's hanging on the edge for dear life. I photographed it October 14, 2002, and passed by it again in May of 2012.

Mt. Carrigain and Vose Spur from Zeacliff.
The late afternoon cross lighting and a polarizing filter bring out the ridges and rills that are invisible in the glare of full daylight.
August 25, 2005

Mt. Washington and the Southern Presidentials
in light pink alpenglow.
Shot from the summit of Mt. Crawford, December 13, 2003.

Taken February 2, 2012, from the Mt. Osceola Tr. at a slide on the shoulder of East Osceola. You're looking down into Mad River Notch and across the Kancamagus Highway to Mt. Huntington, the Hancocks, and Carrigain.

Taken February 2, 2012, from the Mt. Osceola Tr. at a slide on the shoulder of East Osceola. The view is Tripyramid in setting sun.

In the late evening light,
distant mountain ridges loose detail and become discrete layers of uniform color and tone.
Here we are on Mt. Webster at Ledge #9 looking out across the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The close black layer is Mt. Willey. Taken August 24, 2006

Mt. Washington and the Northern Presidentials at sunrise.
Taken from Mt. Hight, June 17, 2006

On Mt. Avalong with view of Jefferson, Clay, & Washington
May 17, 1999

On Mt. Eisenhower lookig at Jefferson, Clay, & Washington
May 26, 2012

Mt. Isolation looking at Monroe & Washington
August 29, 2012

Mt. Willard Overlooking Crawford Notch
June 27, 1997

Frozen Arethusa Falls
March 17, 2014

Fall foliage across the Swift River Valley
with Mts. Carrigain, Owl's Cliff, & Tremont in the distant background.
The use of a polarizing filter made the colors 'pop' in the late afternoon cross light.
Taken from the top of Champney Falls, October 9, 2011

This mushroom is a Coral Hedgehog, A.K.A. Waterfall Hydnum.
It grows on dead or wounded deciduous trees.
This specimen was found on a wounded Beech along the Webster Cliff Trail, October 10, 2003

The white form of Pink Lady's Slippers.
These specimens were found along the
Crawford Path near Gibbs Falls, on June 8, 2008


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