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Thursday, 01 November 2018 14:21

Color and White

Nearly a year ago to the day I was teaching a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The fall color was late - quite late - about like this year. A couple of cool nights set things in motion and sudddenly there it was; and just as suddenly there was snow on top of it. Little River Road became the Magical Kingdom and the season was upon us, two seasons at once.

A focal length of 170mm gave me a narrow angle of view and a bit of magnification /compression. An aperture of f/11, with the camera-to-subject distance provided depth-of-field, and with ISO 200 gave me a shutter speed of 1/8 second, fast enough to stop the slight breeze along the river and to create an overall medium subject.

It seemed like an impressionist sort of moment, which is definitely part of the magic of a Smokies autumn.

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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