Friday, 21 February 2020 18:20

Sunlight and Choppy Water

The lilypads at Schooner Head Pond, one of Acadia National Park's out-of-the-way beauty spots, are taking on water in the wake of a morning onslaught of onshore wind from the Atlantic. A cloudless sky's deep blue tones have joined the sun's golden light to produce some wonderful reflected patterns in the early day. At the far west end of Schooner Head and beyond the Loop Road, the granite face of Champlain Mountain rises to greet the coming light.

A focal length of 405mm, toward the long end of medium telephoto-land, allowed me to isolate a narrow angle-of-view with a small cluster of pads. It also allowed for some magnification and compression of the scene. An aperture of f/8 and an ISO of 800 gave me a shutter speed of 1/80th second and a way to nearly freeze the choppy surface. The aperture setting, given the camera-to-subject distance, allowed for sufficient depth-of-field to give an illusion of sharpness across the image, at least to the extent that the human eye can discern sharpness in moving water.

Acadia National Park holds the distinction of being the first national park in the United States created east of the Mississippi. It is the story of tourism run amok, the greed of land speculators, and the ravenous eyes of the timber industry coming into focus on a small island on the Downeast coast of Maine. And, it is the story of all of those souls who saw in that same land something more than resources to be exploited for the benefit of a few; rather, instead, a beauty beyond description to be preserved for the many. 

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