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Jordan Pond and The Bubbles, Acadia, Maine   1 comment


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In the relatively small area that is Acadia National Park, beautiful scenes are everywhere. It’s also one of the nation’s most heavily visited parks, so people are everywhere, and most of them have cameras to capture their share of the scenery. And like most parks, there are certain areas where people are ‘funneled’ into one small section that reveals a highlight.

Such is the case with Jordan Pond and “The Bubbles”, those two small peaks across the water. What you don’t see in this picture are the hundreds of other visitors strolling along the carriageways and paths leading along the pond.

The views in this place are archetypal, and have been photographed probably millions of times. As such, it’s difficult to envision a new approach, a new angle or lighting that would present the subject in a unique way. Sometimes I wonder if that’s even possible without creating an abstract rendition.

We take the shot anyway, hoping to capture this particular scene, on this particular day, with those particular clouds. Perhaps get down low to see it from a worm’s eye view. Maybe add on a neutral-density filter to smooth out the water.

In the end, whether or not we come up with an image that is utterly unique or one that’s fairly commonplace, we can appreciate having been there that day, experiencing nature’s beauty as the light changes with the passing clouds, knowing that each of these moments IS a completely new and unique experience.

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The Asticou Azalea Gardens, Seal Harbor, Maine   5 comments


The Asticou Azalea Gardens, Seal Harbor, Maine

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Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate when we’d like to go hiking. When that happens, we take a road trip around the area, looking for new and interesting spots. On our way to Seal Harbor on the south side of Mt. Desert Island, we passed by the Asticou Azalea Gardens.

The day seemed perfect for a soft, moody rendering of this colorful scene. The overcast skies created a soft and diffused light that really helped to pop the autumn colors in an otherwise gray day.

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As before, I decided to approach this image as an HDR without tonemapping, preferring to edit in both Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6. I’m really enjoying the result as being more ‘realistic’ than most tonemapping programs would allow. There are times to get creative, and times to let nature stand on its own merits.

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A Certain Symmetry   2 comments


A Certain Symmetry

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Normally, we’re not supposed to line things up in the center of the frame, but every now and then nature offers up an almost perfect symmetry. That makes it a good time to break the rules.

This pond, called The Tarn, is found in Acadia National Park in Maine, at the foot of a remarkable trail that leads off of Dorr Mountain. The trail features some of the most engineered sections of pathway I’ve ever seen, with curving staircases, overhead arches, and ‘paved’ areas made of carefully fitted natural stone.

Or, you can simply park at the Wild Gardens of Acadia and take an easy, flat walk over to The Tarn, but that wouldn’t be as sporting, right?

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Assembly   1 comment


Adult Great Egrets watch over their young, Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge, Delaware

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Great Egrets gather with other waterfowl at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware.

This was a delightful find as we decided to take a back road out of Rehoboth Beach. The road passed over a causeway that bifurcated a pond, and the area to the right of the road was just loaded with wildlife. We had to stop for a while.

On a side note, I always found it curious that in a National Wildlife Refuge, hunting is allowed. Doesn’t that seem like a contradiction of terms?

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Processing-wise, this was one of those happy accidents.

I fed a single RAW file into Unified Color’s HDR Expose, and while adjusting a few things, I pushed the Shadow Power slider to a very strong setting. This caused the distant background to go dark, with the background birds floating in a rather ethereal way.  The effect was completely unexpected, but I decided to run with it.

Because Unified Color’s 32 Float plug-in for Photoshop allows you to save off layers, I stopped processing in HDR Expose and moved the 32-bit file over to Photoshop for further editing.  After only a few small changes, I did a crop and then applied some light NIK Color Efex Pro filters here and there to draw out areas of interest.

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