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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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I’ve tentatively decided to spend the 1-2 weeks working chronologically through my trip to Acadia National Park as part of my friends’ annual nXnw get-together. That doesn’t mean I will literally do every decent image in order, but I do want to hit one image from every location in the order we hit those locations. For me, that means starting in the Stone Mill of Lawrence, Massachusetts. While our nXnw trips tend to be focused on landscapes and the great outdoors, sometimes the story is about shadows and that which is hidden.

Our host was Bob Lussier, who has done a fantastic job documenting the mills of his hometown with his friend Steve Perlmutter for the past few years.  Having access to one of these mills even for an hour was a treat, although I felt fairly certain that I had seen every composition I considered in one of Bob’s or Steve’s photos.

In addition to Bob and I, the full nXnw 2014 crew was comprised of:

They will all be posting photos from the trip over the next few weeks os be sure to check them all out.


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  • Scott Wyden KivowitzOctober 13, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Definitely a cool perspective of those 2 rooms. Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Michael CriswellOctober 13, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    nice moody comp here Mark, great place to shoot for sureReplyCancel

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