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Coastal Color – Acadia National Park

October 12th, 2017 – October 15th, 2017

Join us in Maine's Acadia National Park, as we explore the rocky coastal lands that are surrounded by Frenchman's Bay. Acadia's National Park, with its rugged coast, impressive vistas, scenic lighthouses and working fishing villages has something for everyone. Our time in the oldest National Park, East of the Mississippi, will be rewarded with visual treasures that you'll be sure to cherish for years to come. Whether shrouded in fog, or bathed in sun, Acadia National Park and its surrounding lands are always serving up stunning photographic opportunities.

The dates for this workshop have been chosen very carefully, so that we can not only take maximum advantage of the Fall colors, but so we can strategically avoid the peak of the tourist season as well. Our group, intentionally small, will work closely together capturing exposures and compositions that we have carefully thought out and dialed in. Our guides will be available to help each participant get that perfect exposure and corresponding final image. Expect hands on instruction in a number of alternate shooting / exposure techniques such as HDR, Focus Stacking and Long Exposure to name a few.

Our experience in Acadia will have us visiting a number of well known, iconic locations, as well as a list of special locations that normally only the locals see. Our shooting schedule will be limited to those times that we feel the light will be ideal, so we have plenty of time built into the itinerary for relaxation and / or editing sessions, whichever you prefer.

As a complement to our photographic field outings, we will also be spending time in seminar sessions doing some intensive Lightroom and Photoshop editing. There is no better feeling than returning back home, with your newest images edited and ready to show off.

Just imagine capturing wooden boat buildings, pristine harbors, quaint villages and of course stunning vistas that embody the idyllic East Coast Fall scene and return home with that one of a kind portfolio grade image.

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  • Acadia Fall Photography Workshop
    2017-10-12 - 2017-10-15
    00:00 - 23:55


20 McFarland Hill Drive, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609-0177, United States


Acadia National Park is located on the shores of Maine and offers a wide variety of natural features and ecosystems. The park consists of approximately 49,000 acres with forty miles of rocky shoreline and is blanketed with forests and woodlands rich with flora and fauna. The sea constantly reinvents the coastline of Acadia National Park. Bays and inlets reveal the majestic interface between sea and land. Evidence of glaciers dot the landscape exhibited by erosional scars, striations, potholes, and kettle ponds.

Awed by its beauty and diversity, people have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. The park includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands, and wetlands. Lakes and ponds add shimmering contrast to Acadia's forested and rocky landscapes.

The park is home to some 40 different species of wildlife including: snowshoe hares, white-tailed deer, moose, beavers, porcupines, minks, muskrats, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and black bears. Many other marine species have been observed in the surrounding area and waters. Birds spotted in the area include: peregrine falcons, golden eagles, various owls, hawks, and bald eagles.

Acadia National Park is a national park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Initially created as the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, the park was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919, and was given its current name of Acadia in 1929. It is the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi River.

Beginnings: The landscape architect Charles Eliot is credited with the idea for the park. George B. Dorr, called the Father of Acadia National Park, along with Eliot's father Charles W. Eliot (the president of Harvard), supported the idea both through donations of land and through advocacy at the state and federal levels. It first attained federal status when President Woodrow Wilson established it as Sieur de Monts National Monument on July 8, 1916, administered by the National Park Service. On February 26, 1919, it became a national park, with the name Lafayette National Park in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, an influential French supporter of the American Revolution. Jordan Pond Road was started in 1922 and completed as a scenic motor highway in 1927. The park's name was changed to Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929, in honor of the former French colony of Acadia which once included Maine. Schoodic Peninsula was added to the park in 1929; and the Cadillac Mountain Summit Road, begun in 1925, was completed in 1931.

Rockefeller's teeth (left) From 1915 to 1933, the wealthy philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. financed, designed, and directed the construction of a network of carriage trails throughout the park. He sponsored the landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, with the nearby family summer home Reef Point Estate, to design the planting plans for the subtle carriage roads at the park (c. 1930). The network encompassed over 50 miles (80 km) of gravel carriage trails, 17 granite bridges, and two gate lodges, almost all of which are still maintained and in use today. Cut granite stones placed along the edges of the carriage roads act as guard rails of sort and are locally known as coping stones to help visitors cope with the steep edges. They are also known as Rockefeller's Teeth.

Acadia National Park's first naturalist, Arthur Stupka, also had the distinction of being the first NPS naturalist to serve in any of the NPS's eastern United States districts. He joined the park staff in 1932, and in the capacity of park naturalist he wrote, edited and published a five-volume serial (1932-1935) entitled Nature Notes from Acadia.

Beginning on October 17, 1947, 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of Acadia National Park burned in a fire that began along the Crooked Road several miles west of Hulls Cove.[10] The forest fire was one of a series of fires that consumed much of Maine's forest as a result of a dry year. The fire burned until November 14, and was fought by the Coast Guard, Army, Navy, local residents, and National Park Service employees from around the country. Restoration of the park was supported, substantially, by the Rockefeller family, particularly John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Regrowth was mostly allowed to occur naturally and the fire has been suggested [11] to have actually enhanced the beauty of the park, adding diversity to tree populations and depth to its scenery.

Friends of Acadia: In 1986, a group of Acadia-area residents and park volunteers formed the membership-based nonprofit organization Friends of Acadia for the purpose of organizing volunteer effort and private philanthropy for the benefit of Acadia National Park. The group's first major achievement was a $3.4 million endowment to maintain the park’s 44-mile (71 km) carriage road system in perpetuity, which leveraged federal funds to fully restore the road system. Subsequent projects and partnerships included Acadia Trails Forever, making Acadia the first national park with an endowed trail system; the Island Explorer, a free, propane-powered bus system serving the park and local communities; and youth initiatives such as the Acadia Youth Technology Team, which engages local teens to help their peers connect with the park and develop the next generation of park stewards.

Schoodic Education and Research Center: In 2002, the National Park Service acquired the former naval base located in the Schoodic Peninsula District of Acadia National Park, and renovated it into the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC). SERC is one of about 20 National Park Service research learning centers in the United States, and is the largest of all these facilities. It is dedicated to supporting the scientific research in the park, providing professional development for teachers, and educating students to become a new generation of stewards who will help conserve our natural and cultural treasures.

Terrain and features: The park includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. In addition to Mount Desert Island, the park comprises much of the Isle au Haut, parts of Baker Island, and a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland.

In total, Acadia National Park consists of 49,052 acres (19,851 ha), including 30,300 acres (12,300 ha) on Mount Desert Island, 2,728 acres (1,104 ha) on Isle au Haut and 2,366 acres (957 ha) on the Schoodic Peninsula. The permanent park boundary, as established by act of Congress in 1986, includes a number of private in-holdings that the park is attempting to acquire.

Cadillac Mountain, named after the French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, is on the eastern side of the island. Its green, lichen-covered, pink granite summit is, because of a combination of its eastern location and height, one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise. Miles of carriage roads were originally built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The mountains of Acadia National Park offer hikers and bicycle riders views of the ocean, island lakes, and pine forests.

Wildlife: The park is home to some 40 different species of mammalian wildlife. Among these are red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, snowshoe hares, white-tailed deer, moose, beavers, porcupines, minks, muskrats, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and black bears. Many other marine species have been observed in the surrounding area and waters. Each summer several trails in the park are closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Other birds that are present in this park are golden eagles, various owls, various hawks, and bald eagles.

Excavations of old Indian sites in the Mount Desert Island region have yielded remains of the native mammals. Bones of wolf, beaver, deer, elk, gray seal (Halichoerus grypus), the Indian dog, and the extinct sea mink (Neovison macrodon), as well as large numbers of raccoon, lynx, wolf, muskrat, and deer. Although beaver were trapped to extinction on the island, two pairs of beaver that were released in 1920 by George B. Dorr at the brook between Bubble Pond and Eagle Lake have repopulated it. The large fire in 1947 cleared the eastern half of the island of its coniferous trees and permitted the growth of aspen, birch, alder, maple and other deciduous trees which enabled the beaver to thrive.

Species that used to inhabit the island include the cougar and the gray wolf. Zoologists believe these predators left the area due to a dramatic decrease in small prey and proximity to human activity.

Plants: Despite its small size (Acadia National Park covers less than one percent of Maine's land area) the park is known to harbor over 50 percent of the vascular plants occurring in Maine. Plant, algae, and fungi specimens collected during research activities at Acadia National Park are deposited for future study at a herbarium jointly administered by the park and College of the Atlantic. A special garden called The Wild Gardens of Acadia was established in 1961 in the Sieur de Monts area of the park and has since grown to include more than 400 indigenous plant species found throughout all park areas.