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IF YOU LOOK, YOU ARE GOING TO FIND SOMETHING

My late October trip to Maine seems like a distant Memory, but here is the next in my series from Acadia National Park:

Wind is the enemy!  It seems that when we plan a photo trip somewhere, the one thing we hope for is that is won’t be a monsoon.  Yet, I have successfully photographed during pretty persistent rain.  The secret is to protect your equipment (and yourself), and exclude the grey sky.  It can be done.  But when the wind blows, it is difficult to compensate.  The majority of my nature photos require small apertures, and thus slower shutter speeds.  As low light technology improves, the ability to shoot at higher ISO ratings may partially mitigate this problem.  But many of my favorite techniques still involve slower speeds no matter what the light condition.

I love the syrupy effect of slow shutter speeds with moving water.  On a windy day, it is nearly impossible to capture the surrounding foliage sharply with these water effects.

And, natural conditions may also beg for still conditions.  In Acadia National Park, one of the iconic images is a reflection shot of either Jordan Pond, or Bubble Pond, with the “bubble mountains” reflecting in the water and in the background of the image.  Wind is the great destroyer of reflection images.

But in a magical place like Acadia, if you look, you will find something to photograph!

We were in Bar Harbor for 4 mornings.  We arrived at Jordan Pond each morning, just after sunrise. And in every case, by sunrise, there was enough wind to destroy any chance of a reflection shot.  My good friend, Rich and I are not strangers to such adversity.  In 2005, we stood for 2 hours, waiting for sunrise and a dense fog to break in order to shoot a high view of Stowe, Vermont.  While our planned shot never materialized, I shot a lone maple leaf which I later composited with a “mediocre” covered bridge shot.  This bridge composite became my avatar and the logo shot for LightCentric Photography.  This time, I made the best image of Jordan Pond I could, given the conditions.   We then began to follow Bubble Brook back from Jordan Pond, along the Carriage Road, where we found additional images.

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