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Saturday, 05 October 2019 20:55

Two Swans Named Spot

Far across the lower, marshy end of Pike Lake on Friday morning two swan parents shepherded their small family of four cygnets, too distant to be seen with the unaided eye. It was only when I looked through a moderately long telephoto that I spied them paddling along the grassy edge of the prairie. Even then they were hardly part of the story of the golden light illuminating the tones of autumn in the Great North Woods of the Upper Peninsula.

A focal length of 105mm, somewhere in the middle of short telephotoland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted showing a fairly large arc of the entire marsh and wetland pond. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 1/15th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

The swans named "Spot" are wholly coincidental to the light of a new day in the UP. They don't even provide scale, But they are certainly part of the larger tale that is the epic of these great forests and the creatures that dwell in and fly over them on their ways around the beauty we call Earth. They are reminders of what we are given to protect and what we stand to lose in the carelessness of our failed stewardship.

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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