Sunday, October 2, 2011

Acadia and Mount Desert Island

I spent the weekend of September 23rd in Maine at the Acadia National Park, Maine Photo Workshop that was put on by the Mentor Series.

The weekend started with an introductory session where we met our mentors Layne Kennedy and Daniel Cox, who presented a slide show on their techniques and ways of looking at subjects.

After the session was over, we boarded our bus travel to eagle lake where we spent the morning photographing kayakers in various scenic panoramas along with having untitled _ROT6057 September 23, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6221 September 23, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6361 September 23, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _D3C3394 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300Sone of the kayakers perform an Indian Roll for us to photograph. The mentors gave us pointers on what to look for and where tissue and how to position ourselves and which lenses to use.

 

 

 

 

 

We spent the afternoon on a boat cruise learning about lobstering and viewing the sealsuntitled _ROT6459 September 23, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _D3C3489 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3503 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300S and spent the evening photographing Bar Harbor in the evening light. untitled _D3C3530 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3539 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3544 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3589 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3605 September 23, 2011 NIKON D300S

We were supposed to leave the next morning to photograph a sunrise. However, it was raining very hard and so back to bed or continue to work on our photographs prior to departure to Northeast Harboruntitled _ROT6490 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6514 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled Osprey Nest_ROT6532 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3S for a cruise around the islands off of the harbor and we landed on Little Cranberry Island and had a great time photographing there. untitled _ROT6595 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6620 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6626 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6675 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6679 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6722 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6731 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6743 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3S

In the early afternoon we attended a digital review session with the mentor shown 5 images to which they offered critiques, which was very helpful in improving our eye. After that, because it was still intermittently foggy, we traveled back into Acadia National Park and photograph the scenics around the Otter Cliffs area. untitled Scenic_ROT6751_HDR new September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6793 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6803 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled Water Blur_ROT6846 September 24, 2011 NIKON D3S

On a final morning, we woke up early and traveled to the summit of Cadillac Mountain to photograph the sunrise. As we were traveling up the road to the summit, which is at 1530 feet, the sky was clear and the hints of an excellent sunrise could be seen.. On reaching the summit a fog bank blew in and created a surreal setting for our photography. untitled _D3C3639 September 25, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3643 September 25, 2011 NIKON D300Suntitled _D3C3660 September 25, 2011 NIKON D300S

We were supposed to go on a whale watch. However, it was canceled due to the fog and we spent the rest of the morning back in Arcadia photographing around Jordan Pond, where our Mentors showed us additional ways to improve our photography. untitled _ROT6876 September 25, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6901 September 25, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6923 September 25, 2011 NIKON D3Suntitled _ROT6944-Edit September 25, 2011 NIKON D3S

We finished off the day with another digital review session and a slideshow of what each person considered their best photographs.

In all, it turned out tountitled Bar Harbor Pano_ROT7004 September 25, 2011 NIKON D3S be an excellent weekend, the mentors were outstanding, the staff was the same and I would recommend a trip with the Mentor Series to anybody who wants to improve their photography and visit interesting locations.

I do have many more photographs and I will create an on line slide show that I will post later