Central Massachusetts sports primarily rolling hills, woodlands and farms. While not as well known as some other areas of the state, it has a great deal of scenic opportunities around the reservoirs, state parks and historical sites. In the fall, these landscapes come to life. 

The day begins at The Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, a historic and working flour mill. We continue on to the Wachusett Aqueduct in Northborough, looking over the Assabet River. We then break for lunch. The second half of the day begins at the Sawmill in Moore State Park in Paxton, and we end the day with sunset at the Old Stone Church at Wachusett Reservoir. Learn how to capture these classic New England scenes, right in your backyard. 

This workshop will require driving from location to location. 


    8:30 AM: Arrive at The Grist Mill – Sudbury
    10:30 AM: Drive (30 min) to Wachusett Aqueduct
    11:00 AM: Wachusett Aqueduct – Northborough
    12:00 Noon: Lunch on your own. Drive (40min) to Moore State Park for Afternoon session.
    2:00 PM: Moore State Park (Old Sawmill, Grist Mill Pond & Falls) – Paxton
    4:30 PM: Drive (30 min) to Old Stone Church – West Boylston
    5:00 PM: Old Stone Church for magic hour and sunset
    6:00 PM: Workshop Ends


    • Composition
    • Importance of Lighting and Timing
    • Exposure refresher
    • Exposure compensation
    • White balance
    • Long exposure
    • The answers to your questions!

    Physical Difficulty

    Standing and walking on paved and gravel paths with easy to moderate inclines. The more physically fit may opt to walk down into the river at Moore State Park for more daring shots, but this is not required.

    David Long

    David Long has been photographing environmental landscapes for eight years using the digital format, but has a background in film dating back to the 70s. From the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont to the seacoast locations in Maine and Massachusetts, he looks for iconic locations during the best seasons with incredible light. He strives to include a story in each of his images to communicate the feelings and emotions of this part of the world.

    Dave has spent countless hours scouting and exploring all areas of New England, and has assembled self-guided ebook tours based on his research and travels for individuals who want a 'how-to' for photographic locations. His ebooks are all available on our store.

    You can see his incredible work at www.davelongphoto.com.