Saturday, 23 June 2018 13:57

The Lupine of Duck Cove

If Mount Desert Island is a catcher's mitt with the fingers pointed southward, then Duck Cove would be the small indentation between the index and middle fingers. While scouting with my dear friend, John DiGiacomo, the Acadia Adventure just concluded, we happened upon this lovely lupine field looking casually out over the cove toward the more open waters of Blue Hill Bay. It was a scene I have carried in my mind's eye for all the years I have photographed in this amazing landscape.

A focal length of 55mm, very normal, provided the angle of view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/25th second at ISO 400 allowed me to still the slight motion in the blossoms caused by the late-afternoon island breeze.

There are many ways to think about pre-visualization, and it is always a delight to happen upon an image that you have held in you mind's-eye for so long, and thus gain the opportunity to turn that vision into creative reality.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 29 June 2018 12:21 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. It's great to hear from all of you. Our adventure to Mount Desert Island was just a wonderful experience. The weather might have been a bit more co-operative; but, as photographers, if we didn't have weather and wind to complain about, what would we do?
    Acadia National Park holds a very special place in my heart, and this adventure only deepened that affection.
    Hey Warren; it's always good to hear from you; and I'm really glad you liked both the Image and the quote. David Ulrich is the mentor whom I have never met; but I'd gladly consider a trip to Hawaii to correct that. I often feel as you have described when entering a field of lupine; and I generally limit my forays to just inside the perimeter for that reason.
    Hi Joni. Thanks for being with us and for your kind words. I hope they have served you well over the years, going back to our adventure at the Folk School.
    Hi Ray. Your comment is spot on. I love Acadia in every season, and especially in June - the season of bunchberries.
    Hey John. I hope all has been well with you since our Road Scholar adventure. If one word can sum up a feeling, then "lovely" is magical. Be well.
    Hi Nancy T. I think I mentioned to you somewhere how much I missed having you with us in Acadia. You would have really loved this spot for any number of reasons, so I can only hope that this image can serve as as a stand-in for all of that. Walk in Beauty.
    Hey Donald. As always, your words are thoughtful and appreciated. Size does, indeed, matter. This Image, at its original scale seems much too cluttered with way too much information, and it's only when increasing those dimensions that you begin to appreciate the scene in its gestalt wholeness. My approach is a bit more inclusive that you have described when thinking about "sky." Elimination is usually one of my last choices preceded by "If I want to include sky, how much is appropriate?" Quite often, but certainly not always, I find that a small amount of sky is preferable to none at all; and I try to respond to that conclusion accordingly. In this instance, I wanted to have an amount that extended just above the treeline on the left; and since I was facing primarily in a southerly direction, I could have some polarization in the sky to enhance the blue color. As a general rule I do not enhance the sky other than by polarization and a couple of other tricks to filter out haze and glare. Good questions.
    Thanks, Everyone for allowing me to share my love of this beautiful land with you. Working to protect it is a worthy goal to which we can all aspire.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:00 posted by Donald Newsom

    Size matters. I'm prepping for an overseas trip. For lightness, I'm taking an iPad, not my larger notebook computer. I just discovered that my iPad email app does not allow me to enlarge the view, as I regularly do on my notebook. This image looks stunning at full-screen; less so at the original scale. The sky is a problem I often face on travel. When I can only be at a location at a given time of a given day, the sky is often boring; so I search for a composition that omits it. Do you ever enhance the sky in post-processing to make it more interesting?

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:58 posted by Nancy Tripp

    It looks like a dream come true. Finding the right spot with the right weather in the right season for your pre-visualized image is a gift from above... a little divine intervention. You must have felt like you just won a prize. Thanks for sharing this special moment.

  • Comment Link John D. Roach Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:34 posted by John D. Roach


  • Comment Link ray Sunday, 24 June 2018 08:24 posted by ray

    Acadia is nice all times of the year, but June is great.

  • Comment Link Joni Meyer Sunday, 24 June 2018 07:49 posted by Joni Meyer

    Peaceful. Always love your photography and try to learn from your settings.

  • Comment Link jwarrenberry Sunday, 24 June 2018 07:34 posted by jwarrenberry

    This scene seems almost other-worldly. It feels as though I am about to walk through the field--but do not want to for fear of disrupting the beauty.

    Also...I liked your quote and especially enjoyed your comment about pre-visualization.

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