2015 in Review

Acadia 2015 on the Light Table

Images are a great way to look back on a year.  I hope you have had an excellent time behind the camera and can now look back on the moments with a sigh of satisfaction.  If that sigh isn’t there or if it sounds a bit disheartened, then maybe you, or someone you know, would enjoy improving their photographic skills with a workshop in Acadia National Park. We still offer our sunrise/sunset outings for visitors to the area, but what we are really excited about is our immersive multi-day workshops: 2-, 3-, and 4-day.

Our year started off with a fantastic February workshop.  While most of New England was shoveling record-breaking snowfall, three wise photographers joined us for a 12-Day photography tour of the Philippines.  We enjoyed this vibrant nation of islands and the smiling faces of its residents.  Another Philippines photo tour is in the works for February of 2017. Please let us know if you are interested. This tour avoids the beaten path, visiting a wide range of genuine locations, and it will be an adventure to remember!

“Can you believe we passed up a wonderful snowy winter to see this?!”

When springtime arrived in Maine it was time to capture the night sky with co-instructor Aaron Priest (aaronpriestphoto.com), a renowned pioneer in his field of photography (see his interview on the 207 show from WCSH6).  Night sky is best photographed in the week around the New Moon of each month.  You will need dark skies away from sources of light pollution.  Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park celebrate, and aim to protect, the great view we have of the star studded heavens.  Since one of Aaron’s expertise is panoramas of the night sky, we are offering a special Night Sky Panoramas workshop May 5th – 8th, 2016.  You would be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable instructor or a better location on the entire East Coast.

Panoramas are the only way to capture the full view of the Milky Way as it arches across the Eastern horizon.

Panoramas are the only way to capture the full view of the Milky Way as it arches across the Eastern horizon.

Towards the end of May one of my personal favorite subjects comes into bloom:  Rhodora.  It is a welcome sign of the summer to come and a sight that is seldom seen by visitors who instead arrive in late June or July.  In fact the spring foliage is a wonderful pastel palette that goes under appreciated, no doubt overshadowed by the fame of our autumn colors.  We are offering a 3-day “Spring Leaves” workshop May 26th – 29th, 2016. Take a look at our 3-day workshops page for more information.

A Note on Scouting When scouting for a likely location it can be beneficial to analyze where the borders and interactions happen in a given environment.  Whether it is a street market in Southeast Asia, or the confluence of two rivers in the wilderness of the Rockies, it is the interaction, tension, or harmony that makes a compelling image.  Acadia National Park is a jewel of environmental interactions: mountaintop to coastline in a compact area, between these extremes lie lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests, each one interacting with its neighbors.

Rhodora in the meadow below Dorr Mt.

A Note on Scouting

When scouting for a likely location it can be beneficial to observe where the borders and interactions happen in an environment.  Whether it is a street market in Southeast Asia, or the confluence of two rivers in the wilderness of the Rockies, it is the interaction, tension, or harmony that makes a compelling image.  Acadia National Park is a jewel of environmental interactions: mountaintop to coastline in a compact area, between these extremes lie lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests, each one interacting with its neighbors.

The workshops we offer in 2016 are some of the most comprehensive photography classes available in the area.  Not only do we cover the basics, but we can delve into advanced topics as requested.  Post-processing in software such as Lightroom or Photoshop is a big part of photography today and we give it due attention during the workshop.  We also open our 5-bedroom guesthouse for complimentary accommodation for workshop attendees.  This greatly reduces the cost of attending and gives the group much more efficiency when we need to move.  Our classroom space for post-processing lessons is located at the house as well.  It features high quality 24″ IPS monitors and mouse and keyboard for use with your laptop.

2016 Schedule of Workshops

May 5th – 8th “Night Sky Panoramas” with Aaron Priest
May 26th – 28th “Spring Leaves” 3-day workshop
June 2nd – 5th “Night Sky Timelapse” with Aaron Priest
July 22nd – 24th “Lightroom Weekend” 2-day workshop
July 27th – 30th “Night Photography with the Stars” 3-day workshop featuring both Aaron Priest and Mike Taylor.  Without a doubt two of the best night sky photographers (and post-processors) in the state.
August 5th – 7th “Lightroom Weekend” 2-day workshop
September 9th – 13th “Panoramas” with Aaron Priest 
September 15th – 18th “Full Moon” 3-day workshop
October 12th – 16th “Fall Foliage” 4-day workshop
October 18th – 21st “Fall Colors” 3-day workshop

Interested? Contact us.

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