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This was harder to create than I thought it should be, and that’s one of the reasons I’m posting it even though It’s not as compelling as I hoped it would be.  My X-T1 kept exposing for the leaves in the foreground which blew out the water and sky in the background.despite my attempts to lock exposure. Eventually I switched to manual exposure to get the result I wanted.  In the end, I wasn’t sure the result was worth the effort (really, it took a long time) but I wasn’t so in love with the scene (Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park) for more traditional basic shots so I’m glad I stayed with this approach.

On another front, I realized over the weekend that the anniversary of my first blog post here was exactly 5 years ago on Saturday. I chose not to do a special Saturday post on Saturday just to mark the event, but I did want to make some mention of it – so Hurray!   I’ve made more than 1400 posts by the way. I’ve no idea how many images that represents, as I have had occasional posts with no images, some with repeats, and others with multiple photos.

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This shows the Bubbles, at Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park. The Bubbles are the twin pair of rounded large hills, or small mountains at the far end of the pond, which seems large enough to me to be called a Lake.

After the nXnw crew’s travel day driving up the Maine coast from Massachusetts, this was our first photo stop the next day in Acadia National Park.  We first tried – on a foggy morning – to drive up to the Cadillac Mountain lookout. We hoped we would rise above the fog and be able to capture some great long views with some dramatic fog covering the area immediately below. Instead the fog just kept getting thicker as we climbed, and the view from the top was no view at all. As a result, we were all just delighted with this vista when we drove back down. From this point forward we had great weather, great skies, and a great trip.

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  • Michael CriswellOctober 17, 2014 - 5:50 pm

    This is sweet, the blue sky reflection in the water makes this one, at least for me, well doneReplyCancel

We are still working my way up the Maine coast on the first day on the nXnw 2014 trip, and as with yesterday’s image from Perkins Cove, I find myself less than overwhelmed with what I did that day. Was it the weather, the frst full day of  my cold, or something else? I’m not sure. But this is pretty good, just not as compelling as I hoped.

I did some long exposures that didn’t turn out as well as I hoped.  Conditions were rough – not only was it cold and rainy but the wind was coming in exactly the direction for maximum interference with all our lenses, but we muddled through.  Sorry if this seems so down. I actually had a great trip but the images from this first day just aren’t hitting it for me.

The lighthouse you see here is the Ram Island Ledge Light, a privately maintained light that assists the Coast Guard in guiding ships through this harbor, where the publicly maintained and much larger Portland Head Light also sits, just outside of this frame. I was very drawn to the rocks on the left, and the water breaking on them.

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  • Michael CriswellOctober 17, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    I felt the same as you viewing my shots from that day Mark, kinda bummed at my results, but the day was a rough one so we gotta make due, getting the smaller light is great in this shot, I never considered it….one of those daysReplyCancel

Perkin’s Cove is a spot where lobstermen keep their boats, an enclosed little pond-sized body of water with easy access to the ocean.

Perkin’s Cove is a lovely spot that I visited on a grey day, and left without getting any shots I truly loved. It’s not the location’s fault, or the weather. Some of my friends came up with some good stuff. It just didn’t connect.

And it wasn’t just the weather. It seemed to take me a while to find my mental groove heading up to Acadia National Park.

 

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The next stop as I advance through my nXnw 2014 trip is the Nubble Point Lighthouse at Sohier Park in York, Maine. It was a very drab, grey and rainy day so my first thought, even that day, was that I would be rendering everything in color. But two of my friends from the trip — Chris Nitz and Robert Lussier — have already put up excellent black and white images from this spot. So I challenged myself to make something out of the day’s color palette.

The subject itself is colorful enough, but because of the weather the foliage was muted and the sky nearly completely washed out. Still, this is more vibrant than I had thought possible.

 

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  • Michael CriswellOctober 15, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    Damn Mark, nice job on pulling the color out of this scene, well done, a dismal day but a fun one!ReplyCancel

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