I am always enchanted when walking the Jesup Path in Maine Acadia National Park. It is a beautiful walk on a boardwalk flanked by a number of birch trees. I have seen many images capturing this Acadia magic and I finally photographed in my own creative way. In this Intentional Camera Movement Photography image I positioned tripod and camera at a promising stand of birch trees. Equipped with a polarizing filter allowed for a lengthened shutter speed and sufficient time to intentionally move the camera and lens set up during the exposure. Aperture was set at f/11, providing a 1/2 second of exposure time at ISO100.
Explore ICM Photography for yourself next time you out and about - watch out though, it may become addictive!
In this new photo magazine article I highlight what equipment is needed, when is the best time forphotographing lighthouses, where to photograph a lighthouse in New England, and how to compose a lighthouse image. This better photography guide is Free for Grabs and features some of my latest New England Lighthouse Photos - enjoy!
Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA provides a top notch photo location for Boston Skyline Photography. Usually parking near or around the Massachusetts Avenue bridge yields in some great photo opportunities. I really enjoy coming here at any time of the day but this spot yields great photography potential at late afternoon into the night and in the wee hours at dawn into the early morning. In the morning plenty of rowers working out hard on the Charles River in preparation for the Head of The Charles or for their own health and fitness. I love watching them and always feel like it would be a ton of fun to try it it myself!
In this latest crew photography image I patiently waited until the rower went into gear and took off upstream. I anticipated where the rower would be starting out and the potential route the rower would take. This allowed be to settle on a pleasing composition ahead of time. With manual focus in play I pre-focused on the anticipated area where I wanted the rower in the picture and ones the rower was close I started releasing the shutter. I really like how the image tells a tail of the early morning solitude and experience that the rower must have felt that morning. The composition is enhanced by the single scull adding additional interest to the foreground and the tail in the water behind the boat leading towards Beacon Hill and the newly constructed Millennium Tower in the background.
During post-processing I removed dust spots and imperfections, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Working Out Hard.
On our way to our house that we rented for the duration of our photo tour to Maine Acadia National Park we passed by this gorgeous little pond just off Somesville center. Originally I planned to stop by here in the morning since it looks so Maine when the light paints the wooden shoreline in beautiful hues.
Sunset is not bad either. Coming back from a long trip and outing at the national park I decided to stop at Somes Pond and wait for the magic hour. So glad I did - the sunset was magical and the clouds turned their best pink. I targeted a reflection of the colorful sky within the near waters as there was not much of an attractive foreground. A split neutral density filter balanced the darker light in front of me and the brighter sky colors. Feel free to share and like!
During my last photo tour to Mount Desert Island and Maine Acadia National Parkwe finally got an opportunity to explore Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor. With a strong flower photography portfolio this was a paradise to get lost at. Lots of flowers were surprisingly in full bloom making for great subjects. An overcast sky supported the quest for exceptional floral photography at this garden. There is a parking lot right in front of the main entrance, however parking at the bottom of the hill and climbing the staircase through Maine woodlands rewards with exceptional views of Northeast Harbor and its lobster and pleasure boats.
When you go make sure to bring your tripod to steady camera gear. A polarizing filter boosts colors of the flowers and eliminates any unwanted glare on leaves and petals. I usually photograph at the lowest ISO setting to minimize camera noise. A large aperture (small f/stop setting like f/5.6 and smaller) provides a shallow depth of field that isolates the blossom from a distracting background thereby making for greater Flower Photographyimages.
Schoodic Peninsula is the only part of Acadia National Park located on mainland. It is often referred to as the quiet side of Acadia as only an estimated 10% of the annual national park visitors make the 45 minute journey from Bar Harbor. Traveling to Schoodic Peninsulaawards with great sea views of coastal Maine along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. The pure landscape makes for excellent seascape photography at sunrise and sunset. On my last photo tour I finally explored the area around Raven's Nest. Ravens Nest is one of the most dramatic sights in the park as the steep cliffs rise about 36 feet above the Atlantic Ocean sea level. A short trail through the woodland leads quickly to the cliffs and I opted for sunset to photograph this iconic Acadia treasure.Upon arrival I took in the majestic view for a few minutes and chatted it up with some folks that also found their way to these secretly tucked away cliffs. With the setting sun finally painting the sea cliff in warmer hues I composed an image that invites the viewer to explore the coastline along the cliff. Clouds were moving in fast from the left corner of the frame, turning pink just at the right moment. The magic did not last long but I was ready to capture this unforgettable experience with tripod, camera and wide-angle lens in place. A Polarizing Filter minimized glare on the rocks and evergreens; the filter also boosted color on land and sea. A Split Neutral Density Filter balanced the darker foregrounds against the sun lit cliffs, brighter sky and cloud formation.
During post processing I adjusted brightness, contrast,color saturation and removed image imperfection and dust spots before sharpening the final image of Sunset at Raven's Nest.