Amy Minton was one of four students on a private CMS Photography workshop to Acadia National Park held in mid-October 2014. This blog post features her thoughts and images from her experience. I hope you enjoy, as I so very much have, seeing Acadia through her eyes (and if you do, please leave her a comment on her post!).
Regarding my overall experience in Acadia, it was AWESOME! Getting some nice pictures to frame or put into a book or calendar to share is a bonus to me. The real pleasure for me was experiencing Acadia National Park and doing so with others who were just as excited about seeing the park. What a great way to spend time off – learn/experience nature and photography.
Some highlights from this trip include: 50 mph wind gusts atop Cadillac Mountain; sitting and listening to the water flowing down Jordan Stream after a night/morning of rain; hearing the sounds of the woods as you walk along a carriage road; enjoying popovers at the Jordan Pond House; and observing the groves in the rocks created by the glaciers or other geological marvels. Also there were plenty of photography learning experiences. For example, Colleen showed me how to bracket for exposure and I subsequently merged post-processing (see Eagle lake carriage road and bridge photo below). I learned about creating abstract images by moving my camera after releasing the shutter, and Colleen talked/showed me how to set up and take images to later merge as a panoramic photo. Additionally, she made me think and ask questions of myself as to why and how I wanted to capture what made me stop and admire a scene in nature.
First, a little why I selected these three photos to share:
(1) Abstract motion blur Sieur de Monts Jesup Trial. Although I generally do not think – abstracts (no shock there), I have been intrigued by abstract motion-blur images I have seen in magazines, books, and online. Yup, I wanted to give it a try and had thought there would be an opportunity to do just that during the workshop. The types of trees as well as the colors from the grasses and leaves seemed to me to be screaming make an abstract image via your camera. I think it surprises folks at work as well as my family when I have shared this picture and another one (also taken from the boardwalk).
(2) Eagle lake carriage road and bridge. After reading about Acadia’s Carriage roads and bridges, I really was looking forward to seeing them. All the care, time, and effort that was put into creating and preserving the idea/concept of the carriage roads is rather remarkable. As I look at this picture, I am able to see JDR Jr’s concept fulfilled – people enjoying nature without the interruption of cars (road travels above the carriage road). It makes me smile and I am able to imagine myself walking along the carriage road admiring nature and being at peace.
(3) Persistence pays off Newport Cove. When I look at this image, I am reminded of the effort that went into having the opportunity to make it. We scouted the location with Colleen before she headed back to Arizona (after the workshop ended), and thank goodness. I don’t think we’d have found it in the dark nor would we have as confidently negotiated the path as we did (twice). Saturday morning was beautiful in its own way – Moody Maine (possible title for my photo book) but did not live up to the promise we all knew was possible if there was good morning light. We were rewarded for our decision to return on our last day in Acadia.
I have many fond memories from this trip and find myself looking back upon them and smiling. It was a fun and awesome adventure. I can definitely see why Colleen keeps going back to Acadia and wrote Photographing Acadia National Park guide book.