Recently in Acadia National Park Category
Last fall I spent a week in Acadia National Park. I've been to Acadia many times before and was looking for new places to explore. My "search" lead me to Acadia's Schoodic Peninsula. The Schoodic Peninsula is fantastic, and the communities outside the park are classic ME. Beach Cliff Sardines was taken in one of these communities, Prospect Harbor. At the time it was taken I was unaware of the story this sign, this piece of Americana had to tell. Fellow Baltimore Camera Club member Kathleen Hill pointed me to an article telling of a sardine canning factories closing. The last factory in the US to can sardines, Beach Cliff Sardines in fact.
Look one direction and the scene "Wonderland Beach" presents itself and in the other "Ominous" The drama at Wonderland was what nature provided, and the drama of photographer working franticly. Often the opportunity nature provides is fleeting and working the scene quickly while the best conditions exist is intense. Opportunities like this challenge your skill as a photographer to make the most of it.
"Ominous" was taken in Wonderland, part of Acadia National Park, fall 2009. You may not be able to tell from this photo but I was there in search of fall colors. I was happy to have a bit of "bad" weather while there. Bad weather provides opportunities to make great pictures. As a photographer being prepared and willing to be out in all conditions allows you to be in that special place as the drama unfolds.
Like all my images in the last 3 years "Ominous" was taken as a color digital image. To be more specific it was a series of three bracketed exposures merged to create and HDR image. The color HDR image was converted to black and white and "developed" in Photoshop. To "develop" the image Levels and Curves Adjustment Layers are used in Photoshop to locally adjust the brightness and contrast on areas of the image. The result is my artistic interpretation of the ominous and beautiful scene at Wonderland. You may also be interested to see the color version of this image.
Adjustment Layers in Photoshop are "non-destructive" and essential to photographers who use this application. The Adobe website and many other web resources are available to teach the use of all the types of Adjustment Layers that are available. FYI, my goal is not to sell Photoshop, only to share with you a little bit of how I work.
Here I go! The blog is live. You can access my photo galleries with the link at the top or the page or in the sidebar. The blog will make it easier to share new work, technical info and "what's going on". The photo "Twisting Ferns" was taken in Acadia National Park outside the Jordan Pond House July 22nd 2006. The ferns weren't deep in the woods, but next to a sidewalk with the hustle and bustle of people going by. It's been the home page image to www.dvetter.com for several years. Hope you like the new look and find it easy to get around. Let me know, sign up, sign in and make some comments.
A Recent Work category has been added to my web albums. This should make it easier for regular viewers to see the latest work added. As of today it contains work form Acadia National Park, Susquehanna St. Park, Great Falls, Henryton Center and the National Aquarium. Please take a look.
The blog image is a multi-shot panorama taken in Acadia and merged in Autopano Pro