The Colorful Palette of Acadia
October 7-13, 2017
Acadia is awed by all who visit the beauty and diversity that make up this land. The natural beauty of the coastal region offers much more than rugged coastline but also the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain. Cadillac Mountain offers a birds eye view of Somes Sound dotted with dozens of tiny islands from its granite ridge and covered in golden grasses and blueberry scrubs. The forests flourish with plant life and surround the many inland lakes found throughout the park. These forests and lakes afford a quiet getaway and many hours of solitude.
Acadia is a popular photography location and one I believe is at its best when the trees start to show their autumn colors. This time of year brings unpredictable weather from one day to the next and in my view make this a rewarding photo opportunity. The pounding surf along the rocky coast can offer hours of creative exploration and when the surf is calm a good time to make our way into the forests or even one of the many fishing harbors.
The days are growing short this time of year but still plenty of time in the field. What is predictable in Acadia during this season is some rain, some sun, some wind, some calm days and plenty of fall colors and lots of photo opportunities. We’ll spend a great deal of time in the field learning field techniques and mastering the use of our tools. We’ll spend plenty of time discussing and using post production tools in the evenings and learn to create photography with these tools in mind.
What you can expect. You can expect to be the focus of attention. Your photography is paramount and it’s my job to provide the answers that allow you to grow as a photographer. Participants receive lots of one on one instruction in the field along with group discussions. You’ll discover the artist within and build on your skills. Mastering your tools in the field and knowing what they can do for you is the foundation to a successful photo journey. Photographers want to be behind their camera therefore I make every effort to maximize our time in the field and teach with a hands on approach. Learning to see and knowing what to do once you identify your subject is the stepping stone to building a work of art. Classroom sessions will be kept to a minimum. We’ll have an afternoon session on the third day giving us time for a critique and an opportunity for me to introduce participants to my workflow from beginning to end. You’ll be introduced to processing software such as DXO Optics Pro, Lightroom, Photo Mechanic and Adobe Bridge and you can decide which works best for you. For those interested and time permitting we can look at several creative software programs that provide the photographer the creative freedom to explore beyond the standard photograph, (i.e. Nik Collection, Topaz, Alien Skin, Auto FX and MacPhun). HDR photography will be explored both in the field and in post processing. We’ll look at the different HDR programs and let you decide which one best fits your style, (i.e. Aurora HDR Pro, Photomatix and Nik HDR). Join me and let your creativity flow.