Saturday, 08 February 2020 10:31

Wooden Ships on the Water

There are so many wonderful locations that lend themselves so readily to panorama expression; but for me none more so than City Pier in the Village of Bernard, Maine. There are innumerable possibilities, for example, looking across Bass Harbor through the everpresent armada of lobster (lobsta', actually) boats, and over to the Village of Bass Harbor. These are old and long-time fishing villages, both being part of the Town of Tremont, settled in 1762. Some of the best seafood on the Maine Coast can be found here, and some of the most creative photography, as well.

Using my usual method of creating a panorama image: a focal length of somewhere between 24-50mm with my camera in portrait orientation, beginning on the left side of the frame beyond where the actual edge will ultimately be located and moving to the right, overlapping each frame in the sequence by about 33%, and continuing in this manner to the last frame beyond the actual right edge of the image.There are any number of programs with which to merge the individual images into a single frame. I still use PhotoShop CS6~~File/Automate~~Merge, and process a single large frame from there. I will also say that while I am working with the individual NEF files in Camera RAW, I make adjustments to individual frames, and I select all of the files and make some global adjustments to them collectively before opening them in PhotoShop and beginning the Automate functions. With the individual images in this pano (there were 7 of them) my focal length was 50mm, my aperture was f/16, my shutter speed was 1/160th second, and ISO 400 was my sensitivity.

While these lands are privately held, they are open to the public for visitation, as with City Pier; or else they should be treated as any other private property and permission to be on them should be asked and obtained prior to entering.


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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Thursday, 13 February 2020 21:55 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good evening Everyone. Thanks very much to everyone who joined in on our discussion of beauty and photographic creativity this week. It's great to hear from all of you. I thought I would post this on the Eve of Valentine's Day. Bonnie and I have a long-standing tradition of taking a hike - even if only a short one - somewhere on Valentine's; but this Valentine's Day we will have to content ourselves with a ride in the mountains. Healing continues to go well, but it is, as my grandmother used to say, slow as molasses.
    Hey Kev, Wow, your were a first responder for this one. Hope all is well. Although I have not received it yet, the permit for Acadia is in the mail on its way to me; so there's one less thing to have to think about between here and Mount Desert Island. I do appreciate that the elements of this panorama , specifically the wharf on either side of the frame, accomplished its anchoring purpose and its leading line purpose. There are many wonderful pano opportunities on MDI, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you, in the field and with processing.
    Hi Pat. Thanks both for your kind words and your good wishes. We have, indeed, shared some wonderful times in Acadia and on MDI. I know how special is this place to you, and I am honored to have had the chance to share it with you. We are looking forward to seeing you and, hopefully, Sue, too, while we are there. But for your gentle and persistent encouragement, I might have never gotten to Schoodic. Thanks for that, and the memories.
    Hi Carolyn. Thank you very much for being with us. The book is still in search of a publisher, but I have several copies that were printed on-demand. I would be happy to sell you one of those. If you will send me a note through my usual email,, I'll be happy to work out the details. Walk in Beauty.
    Donald; how are you,Sir? Thank you very much for being with us. I appreciate that you are attracted to what was done here. If the suggestions I have given in the description lead to any difficulty for you, let me know and we'll get together somehow to go over everything. Try one and I believe you will really enjoy the creative process involved. Hope all is well in Arizona.
    Hey Michelle. It's great to hear from you! I hear that spring is already ensconced in Gainesville. What can we say? You'll have to share with me the location of Elizabeth Point. I'll look forward to locating it, and if it's near where we may be, I'd love to go through it. Hope you are doing well.
    Hey Nancy T. I'm so glad to know you've made it home safely. I can remember so well when you were in Acadia with us; and I hope that one day you will return and that we will be there to share it with you. I well-know the places that speak to me with such a strong voice, and I can easily understand your connection with Mount Desert Island. Those feelings tug at our souls and we somehow have to honor that pull. I know how MDI spoke to you, and I know you will return.
    Thanks, again, Everyone for sharing such beautiful thoughts and feelings with me. I am honored that something I share can evoke such a response. May we all walk in the beauty of this amazing world.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 09 February 2020 23:20 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Maine is one of my favorite places I have visited. This is a wonderful reminder of the area. The panorama captures so much of the character and using the 50MM lens makes it so realistic. Thanks for the reminder. Someday I should go back to check on Kermit rock.

  • Comment Link Michelle Jensen Sunday, 09 February 2020 22:49 posted by Michelle Jensen

    Don, That is so beautiful. Makes me want to go visit my nephew who lives at Elizabeth Point near the coast. So gentle and yet so detailed. Thanks. Michelle

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 09 February 2020 20:35 posted by Donald Newsom

    A beautiful example of a panorama that the viewer knows, from the proportions, must be a panorama, but doesn't look obviously artificial, as many panoramas do. Thanks for the detailed enough instructions to let us give it a try, too.

  • Comment Link Carolyn Bobo Sunday, 09 February 2020 15:22 posted by Carolyn Bobo

    Is it possible to buy your book about wide angle photography? I don't find it from the usual sources. Thank you, take care.

  • Comment Link Pat Crutchfield Sunday, 09 February 2020 12:24 posted by Pat Crutchfield

    As always, you captured the heart of a place. Many, many sweet memories ... thanks for sharing, Don. Keep healing ...

    Love & Hugs,

  • Comment Link Kevin Desrosiers Sunday, 09 February 2020 10:05 posted by Kevin Desrosiers

    Nice example for panorama. I really like how the opening between the dock and small pier bring us into the scene. The clouds also add interest to the sky. I have taken pictures during many of our trips where I take 5 - 7 shots of a scene (mountains, fields, etc) that I say I am going to stitch together but I never do process them. Will have to give it a try.

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