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Sunday, 28 October 2012 08:49

Looking Down from the Desert

We should all be so glad that Samuel de Champlain got it wrong. From his ship he looked up at the rocky crests of the island hugging the coast of what is now Maine and in his journal declared it so bare and bleak that he was going to name it "Iles de Mont Desert" - Islands of Barren Mountains. I think about this each time I look down from Beach Cliff, one of the most beautiful of the many granitic uplifts that rise above Pemetic, the "Sloping Land" that was home to the Wabanaki peoples for thousands of years. From the heights of Beech Cliff, to look out over the low-bush blueberries in an autumn blaze of fiery red in early morning sidelight, down five hundred feet into the lush and deeply forested watershed of Echo Lake, is to see Acadia's fall hues at their finest. I wanted to let the line of the cliff be a diagonal through the frame in a roughly 60-40% proportion, cliff and blueberries-to-valley below. The red-yellow-green color combination brought together a dynamic of complements that was particularly appealing. Using a focal length of 51mm to give the desired proportions, I chose an aperture of f/22 to maximize depth-of-field. This gave me a shutter speed of 1.0 second at ISO 100 for an overall medium exposure. 

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5 comments

  • Comment Link Karen Lemoine Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:35 posted by Karen Lemoine

    Glad you are home before the storm! The autumnal colors are rolling out to the valley as if you had painted this with an easel and watercolor instead of a camera. Again, thank you for your thoughts and generosity in sharing all you see.

  • Comment Link Don McGowan Sunday, 28 October 2012 18:04 posted by Don McGowan

    Thanks Everyone for joining the discussion. It's good to be home Nancy T. I agree, the elements here do play in harmony. I think that "balance " was the word that occurred as I saw it in the viewfinder. Thanks; and thank you Jackie. Beech Cliff is such a wonderful place to play in. It is true, Dorsey, that many people think of Maine as a coastline opportunity, but you are right about there being so much more. Aside from mountains and forests, there are tremendous rivers and an amazing geology. The interior of Acadia always reminds me of this larger reality.

  • Comment Link Dorsey Davis Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:03 posted by Dorsey Davis

    Very nice composition, Don. I love the red, yellow and green colors. They always seem to make a nice contrast. Maine is a much overlooked state when it comes to photographic opportunities aside from the coastline.

  • Comment Link Jackie Sunday, 28 October 2012 14:02 posted by Jackie

    Just outstanding! What a wonderful Image,THANK YOU

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 28 October 2012 10:49 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Such a beautiful desert! I love how you captured the red berry bushes, rocks, evergreens, golden fall foliage and the valley all in harmony. They play well together. Welcome back to the south!

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