Containing 47,000 acres of pristine Maine seacoast, forest, mountains and lakes, Acadia National Park is simply one of my favorite places on the planet, second only to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. There is so much beauty packed onto this island that there's no wonder it achieved National Park status in 1919. It doesn't really matter where you point your camera, it's going to be something beautiful - from scenic rocky seacoast to unmolested alpine forest and frolicing wildlife, everything is so amazing.
I've hiked the park several times in the past, but never to really capture it with a camera. I think my last time before this was back in the fall of 2003 with a simple Canon P&S camera. I honestly have no idea where those images are. This trip turned more into a scouting mission, as the weather was too bright and sunny for my likes (and I overslept and missed the sunrise). So armed with my Plaubel-Makina 670 and a fist full of Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro 400H 120 film, I shot several locations I want to return to with my Chamonix 45n2 and 4x5 Ektar 100 this summer.
This trip was a quick overnight getaway with the family. We stayed just outside the park in Bar Harbor, Maine at a nice hotel with sprawling views of Frenchman Bay. We stuck mostly to Park Loop Rd and made our way around the island and up to the top of Cadillac Mountain - which has the distinction of being the first spot on the North Atlantic seaboard to see the sunrise. If you ever make it up here, be sure to get to the top of Cadillac early enough to experience this. We did this with the kids when they were little, and it's just awesome knowing your the first one on the east coast to see that light.
Funny enough, when on the southern tip of the park, my cellphone kept trying to jump over to Canadian cell service as signal from Nova Scotia was stronger than the cell service from Maine. This far up, there is very little besides moose, bears and Johnny Patience. ;) We are thinking next time we'll make the trip across to our great white north friends.
In blinding bright sun, we made our way around the island after lunch and made a second go at Acadia again the next morning before having to head back to New Hampshire. The visit was just far too short.
Though my Makina suffered a light leak through all 7 rolls of film, I exposed bright enough that it's almost invisible in all these photos. Honestly, I did this trip without a light meter. D'oh! At least now, I have many spots marked for shooting in 4x5 (in proper light and exposure) and am quite excited to return. The Chamonix is packed and ready to go.
For more information on the wonderful Acadia National Park: nps.gov/acad
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Notes on the new Blog
This month, I made the move off my self-hosted Wordpress site and moved on to Squarespace. The move over was fairly simple as Squarespace effortlessly imports all old posts and drafts from WordPress (among other blogs).
That being said, I've only published a select set of posts from the past. If there is something you want to see up here that I haven't put up yet, please drop me a line and I'll get on it. I figure now was as good a time as any to re-evaluate past posts and re-do the ones that really mean something to me.