Maine Photography : Acadia National Park Photos
EPIC NATURE: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
I'm going to also start posting personal work on this blog, just to change things up a bit and give you a sense of the other types of photography I do, my interests and more. Acadia National Park is one of my favorite national parks in the United States. It's vast swaths of wilderness and rolling mountains and hills are truly unique features on the New England Coast. I visited this national treasure with my Father last year and of course was happily snapping photos as we drove and hike through the landscape. It would be wonderful one day to do a styled shoot or an Acadia National Park wedding here. This type of wilderness is found also in Northern Minnesota, though there's not as many hills or mountaintops. The serene beauty of nature is something that always captivates me. And these types of epic landscapes truly invoke a sense of awe when you see them.
Note: This was a Two-Day Trip and I will be splitting this into two posts. The second you can find HERE
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: UP THE MOUNTAIN
Getting Sharp Nature Photos and Playing with Aperture
With the small soft clouds gently populating the clear blue sky, we stopped along the road and took a snapshot of this breathtaking vista above. There's certainly something about nature photography that appeals to me. People who are nature photographers for a living are some of the most knowledgable photographers I know. There's a lot of technical aspects to creating good nature photos - chief among them is the length of the exposure. For example, nature photographers will pay a lot of attention to how water and clouds will flow across the frame, and will often toy with longer exposures to create a soft flowing effect. For most of these shots I was shooting at f/8 or above and I really enjoyed the detail and sharpness I was getting at this aperture.
ON THE ROAD: WANDERING IN MAINE
Scouting Locations is an Important Part of the Job
As a photographer, scouting locations for shoots is an integral part of how I work. It is absolutely imperative to always be looking for new and off-the-beaten-path locations for future shoots. Now, if Acadia National Park were actually near the Minneapolis area, I would definitely be using it for engagement and portraits shoots (though we have beautiful areas in St Croix and Taylor's Falls for that). For the two days I was in Acadia, I was mostly wandering - hardly ever looking at a map. Sometimes I would park the car on the road side and head out on the trails where eventually I would stumble across some new area of hidden beauty. I loved the shot above because of the way the sun hit the road as we drove.
THE TEXTURED MAINE LANDSCAPE
Using Texture as a Powerful Way to Convey Emotion in Photos
The picture above is a close-up of the rocky landscape on a mountain in Acadia National Park. I'm always impressed by the emotional resonance that texture offers in photographs. Texture (along with color and light and shadow) helps to convey mood and feeling. It also helps that I was shooting at a tighter aperture of f/8, so the intricacies and sharpness of the rock and it's surface are conveyed in full effect.
Acadia National Park is a reminder of some of the beautiful natural wonders that the U.S. to offer. It's serene and mysterious landscape is part of it's appeal. It is tremendously well taken care of and I truly hope to revisit this place for a styled shoot or wedding in the future. Over and out!