Oops, I Forgot One!
And for me, it’s a big one. I wanted to share one of my very favorite photographs that I created while during my artist residency at Acadia National Park this fall. My apologies, I really thought I had already posted it with the first my posting… but realized I had photographed it the day after I had made that post.
What I love about this image is the abstraction that’s created… an almost 3D effect. This was created on Bubble Pond…. one of the very popular and well photographed locations in the park. I had been wanting to go by and see what I could get… that was different. Most of the images seen at this location are the overall landscape view… mountains, water and the boulders in the foreground… (*Google images and you will see). During my time in Acadia, the parking lot to Bubble Pond was closed off as it was being renovated and there was no parking anywhere nearby to access the site. But on one Saturday morning as I drove by, someone had taken part of the construction fence down… so I pulled in… not planning on staying too long, since I don’t think I was supposed to be parked in there. The light was not great to shoot the whole scene… but that is when I started looking around and noticed the clouds reflecting along the shallow waters edge.
I realize that this image could of been captured at any pond or lake… nothing here really screams, “Hey, that’s Bubble Pond!”… but as any photographer knows, timing is sometimes everything when capturing that one moment. This was a 30 second exposure… the water was still, no wind, but the clouds were moving quite fast. But this moment didn’t last long… I was only able to get 6 frames, then the sun shifted and within minutes the clouds were clearing and the wind picked up. But when you put in all these elements together into the composition below… I would have to say no, I really don’t believe I would of been able to capture this anywhere else.
I am sure glad I decided to pull into the lot that day… very happy with the results.
*By the way, by the time I left, 9 other cars that must of seen me parked there also decided to pass the construction fence and park. Oops.
Have returned back to New Jersey after a wonderful month in Acadia. But as usual with my residencies, a month never seems enough time to truly capture these magnificent locations… but hopefully I caught a glimmer. During my month stay… I learned a lot about the tides (as I had to return to several locations to get the right time)… I have never been in a location that completely dark (especially when the power goes out)… there a these tiny little red squirrels running around making a lot of noise… there are millions of snails everywhere… Lobstermen lose a lot of traps and bleach bottles that end up all along the shorelines… certain rocks are extremely slippery when wet (ouch!)… but the rocks and granite were absolutely beautiful and created amazing designs… and I never knew what to expect as each day was a new exploration… the light, the wind, the water… continuously changing… hard to keep up with, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
There is a combo of landscapes and of course the abstracts I love discovering in nature. Am I done with tweaking these images (or even done editing more)?… No Way…. but there is a point where you have to walk away… then return with fresh eyes… but it was time to share with you all some of the photographs I created in the last two weeks of my stay. Enjoy!
You can see the larger and more complete collection directly on my website:
Greetings from Acadia!
I have now been here 2 weeks of my 4 week stay…. got a late start due to the government shut down… but was thrilled I was able to make it. (Also, there was a small interruption last week to fly back to NYC for the Canon Project Imaginat10n Film Festival Premier).
To let you all know where I am located…. I am all the way over on Schoodic Peninsula staying at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (a former Naval Base)… 50 miles from Bar Harbor on Mt. Dessert Island… a bit of drive. So I am on a 12-mile loop road, one way… it gets dark, and I mean really, really dark here… no cell phone reception… and the closest Starbuck’s is an hour and half away. And I actually have no problems with any this… it’ great out here!
So photographing at Acadia has become quite the mathematical equation. First, find your subject…. Second, choose lighting for subject – morning, afternoon, overcast…. Third, low tide or high tide (which can be a serious issue since the tide here is about on average a 10ft difference… give or take a few feet) and then you have to factor in the wind. So, you figure that all out and good luck!
Since my time in the Everglades I have really begun working with long exposures… but that doesn’t mean I still don’t like to photograph my trees, details, and abstracts… the granite here is amazing!
It’s all about form, pattern, texture, and light. Enjoy!
That is pretty much how I would describe the four weeks of my artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center during the month of November. And that is a great thing! It would be hard for me to describe the amazing energy that is felt when you are surrounded by 50 other artists; very talented painters, sculptors, performers, writers, poets…. where ages ranged from the mid 20′s through the 60′s, with individuals from around the country, (several from around the world) and with such diverse backgrounds. I was technically the only photographer there, so that either made me very special or the crazy lone wolf. (Probably the latter.) And another great part of this residency was the only schedule one had was the mealtimes. Oh, and by the way, we were fed very well.
My approach on how I worked was quite different during this residency. Instead of exploring through hiking and kayaking (too cold as it was November), I traveled around northern Vermont by car, exploring the many back roads, which by the way are not paved. Hunting season was in full swing at this time, and though I had my bright orange hat to wear, I didn’t feel like risking my life. (Snakes and alligators in the Everglades, I can handle.) The land in northern Vermont is absolutely beautiful… surrounded by mountains and farmland, dotted by little villages. It snowed in the high mountains the first week I was there, but it never reached the lower plains. But to my surprise the colors in November were still wonderful. I ended up photographing some of the similar subject matter that I do enjoy capturing, but I began experimenting more with long exposures which I was excited about. I was trying to capture a more surreal and ethereal feel to my images. The best weather to really be shooting were overcast days or partial sun with clouds… and wind. It became a running joke that I would be upset when it was bright and sunny outside. (A good day to work in the studio… or go antique shopping!)
I have enclosed some of my favorite images from my journey. Enjoy!
Long Exposure Work!
Patterns, textures, layers…. graphical work!
Additions to my “What Remains” collection! Unfortunately there were many abandoned homes along my journeys.
First Snowfall of the year in the high mountain peaks… Smugglers Notch.
**UPDATE** — It was announced that my image is one of the WINNERS in the Backstory Theme!
Celebrity director, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has chosen my image to inspire his film!
*You can see Biz Stone’s selections plus a video of why he chose each of the images for his film.
Very exciting opportunity! I have sent the word out and now I wanted to share on my blog….to help keep it out there!!!
THANK YOU ALL for VOTING!!! ****Please keep on voting each day until September 24!!! (Leave a comment too!)
Canon has announced Project Imaginat10n, the first photography-inspired film festival in history where consumer photographs will inspire Hollywood films directed by five celebrities. Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy have signed on board for this endeavor and Ron Howard will be mentoring them along the way.
Please Register to Vote: imagination.usa.canon.com Click on ‘Gallery’ — ‘Browse Themes’ — ‘Backstory’ — ‘FINALISTS’ — Find Photo “DRY DOCK” (click on the gray checkmark)
go directly to the image and log in: https://www.longliveimagination.com/gallery/photo/46634
(Sorry, I have been told the voting process is not the easiest… but I really appreciate your effort!)
Of the thirty (30) finalists, the seven (7) photos that have the highest amount of votes in each theme will become winners. Ron Howard and Canon will select three (3) other finalists’ photos to become winners, for a total of ten (10) winners per theme.
The Final 10 Winners in each theme will have their photos considered by Canon’s celebrity directors during the making of their films.
View last years Project Imagina8ion short movie directed by Ron Howard. “When You Find Me”
Thank you all for your Vote and Support!!! — Danielle
So just after two months returning home from the Everglades, I have gone from the very south (yes I know, Hawaii is further south) to the far north to Alaska this May! I love this Country!
So many of you had asked how the rest of my Everglades trip was….. OUTSTANDING!!! It was an amazing experience, but to be honest I believe I have only just scratched the surface to exploring this land. But I had a great time, met some amazing people; from the staff, to the researchers, to the volunteers and other visitors… and in the end, I think I made some fantastic images. I really look forward to going back… there are only a few places I love to visit over and over again, and the Everglades is most definitely one of them!
Please visit the gallery, “Portraits of the Glades” to see my favorites!
To the KENAI PENINSULA of ALASKA I went with the sole purpose to explore and photograph. I traveled with fellow photographer Dawn Benko, www.dawnbenko.com…. we did a lot of hiking and one day out on the water for me. What is very cool is how two photographers trekking together can see things so differently…. even photographing the same subject had different results.
So the weather was a mixture of sun and clouds throughout our trip and since Alaska had a very hard and late winter, spring really hadn’t started on most of the Peninsula. But then I love cloudy weather. Since I normally don’t shoot majestic landscapes… intimate portraits of my subjects within their environment is more my style… this was a bit of a challenge for me. But I think I had some success… but I guess that is for all of you to decide. Enjoy!!
To see the my full selection of 50 images, visit the gallery, ” http://www.danielleausten.com/442020/kenai-peninsula/
*(You will see more and more my attraction to abstractions, sharp contrasts and very graphical images … but of course a few cute creatures are included as well.)
A few from the Peaks Series… became a study of the clouds and how they move across the mountains.
A few abstractions…
A few landscapes…
A few Eagles…
A few other creatures…
And a few final shots…
Odds and Ends….. and of course more birds!
For many photographers we have our off days… go out shooting and come back with not a thing we really like. Unfortunately I felt my last week was a little like that. (okay, there a few photos I like)
But I did see a few cool things along my travels. First, not sure if many of you know that down here in the glades is one of the few places you will find Gators and Crocodiles sharing the waters. There is a small group that hang out down in Flamingo (the southern point of the Everglades). This one in particular was a big boy who came by to give us a show… but notice he is missing part of his lower jaw and has no teeth…. I guess he didn’t have a good dental plan.
Now this BIG CROCODILE hangs out at Nine Mile Pond. This was as close as I was going to get in my kayak… since he was bigger then my kayak! By the way, he has ALL HIS TEETH! Check out the pearly whites on him. He also looks to eat very well.
So on Valentines Day I noticed 2 Opsrey chit chatting in a tree together and then all the sudden one flew away, came back around and landed on the back of the other. Now I believe that Osprey are done mating for the season since there are chics in many of the nests. But the one flew off again and came back in and landed on the other again…. any ideas?… I have just never seen this before.
So out canoeing the other day in Nobel Hammock, which is all winding mangroves… I remember why I like my kayak so much. But I was out with one my neighbors/ranger and we came up on this Green Heron who was stalking lunch and he just wasn’t budging as he was blocking our path. So we waited for awhile for the sun to come along and light him up! At this point we wanted to move on… I got within 2 feet of this bird before he did move… I honestly believe I could of reached out and touched it… AMAZING! Thanks again Levi, for your patience while I was shooting! (hopefully I spelled your name right)
***Oh, and by the way I finally saw my first Cottonmouth Moccasin (one of the poisonous ones) swimming in the water. Levi was excited… me, not so much.
I have only seen White Pelicans far out in Florida Bay, or out in Everglades City. But a few decided to make a stop further up in the park into Mrazek Pond. While the others finally took off, one stayed behind to feed.
**So here are the ones I did like… ENJOY! (excuse the dust on the pics…the camera has gotten very dusty down here)