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Writing with Light

The Pier at Bar Harbor Inn

I hope everyone had a great weekend. You may have noticed that I was absent for the last week. I was on a much needed vacation and spent the last week in Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Portland. I was going to continue posting images while away but decided to concentrate on photography and R&R instead. I have over 1300 images that I have to go through and process but the trip was a success both on the photographic and R&R front.

I’ve mentioned before what a wonderful photographic community this is and I’d like to thank Rob Hanson, Len Saltiel, Anne McKinnell and Andrew Marston for great tips and suggestions on where to photograph, eat, stay and things to do when I was in Maine. Click on the links to enjoy their beautiful photography sites.

The town of Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine. In the late 19th century Bar Harbor was THE summer resort for some of America’s most rich and famous including the Rockefellers, the Fords, the Vanderbilts, the Carnegies, the Astors and the Morgans. Today it’s a summer destination for tourists from all over the world and is adjacent to Acadia National Park. It’s quaint downtown area, with Main Street as its main artery is flanked by shops (trendy & kitschy alike) as well as soon enticing restaurants that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.

The image below was taken from the beach under the Bar Harbor Inn pier. I converted this to B&W using Topaz Black & White Effects. If you haven’t tried it yet you can download a free trial version on the Topaz Labs site. You can use the discount code “ELPHOTO” to save 15% on all Topaz produts.

The 4-masted schooner you can partially see in front of the pier is the Margaret Todd, which we sailed on one evening. More on that in another post.

Click to enlarge (it looks better) or to purchase a print.

Bar harbor, Bar Harbor Inn, Maine, pier, B&W, monochrome, seascape

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34 responses

  1. Looks really great black’nd white… 😉

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    July 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

  2. Len

    Wonderful tones and composition Edith. I stayed at the inn and it is a wonderful place. I can’t wait to see your images from the trip. You have such a great eye and I know I will be saying “Why didn’t I shoot that?”

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    July 16, 2012 at 7:45 am

  3. Really nice capture Edith. I’m jealous that you had a whole week visiting coastal Maine. It’s such a wonderful place.

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    • Thanks Steven. I just love Maine. Back two days and already itching to get back there.

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      July 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    • Thanks Steven. I just love Maine. Back two days and already itching to get back there.

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      July 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  4. Nice, Edith. I’m really glad you had a chance to go to one of my favorite places, and I can’t wait to see more of your images from the trip.

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

  5. Adam Allegro

    Awesome shot Edith! I will need to start hitting people up for spots once I am back in the states come Sept! Looks beautiful in black and white!

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    July 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

    • Thanks so much Adam. Maine is beautiful and I was very happy to get back there although this was the first time in Bar Harbor and Acadia and it did not disappoint.

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      July 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  6. Very nice B&W rendering, Edith. Lovely composition as well.

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    July 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

  7. Love the composition, Edith. And it absolutely looks wonderful on B&W. I have been playing with Topaz lately, using the trial version, and I love the effects it can produce. I am considering buying it after my trial is over.

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    July 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

    • Thanks so much Gracie. I really like the Topaz plug ins and the B&W effects is one of my favorites.

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      July 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  8. Rich McPeek

    Beautifully composed shot Edith! Love the Black and White!

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    July 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  9. Wonderful capture Edith, love the b&w!

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    July 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm

  10. Great shot, Edith, and perfect for the B&W treatment. So much of the Maine coast is timeless that many shots from there lead themselves to just such processing.

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    July 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  11. Beautiful shot! This looks really good in B&W!

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    July 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  12. I visited Bar Harbor last summer, and your beautiful photo reminds me of how lovely a place it is!

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    July 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

    • Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments. Bar Harbor is beautiful, I’m already itching to go back.

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      July 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

  13. A very nice black and white picture so rich in details and tones. The composition is exquisite and even though the picture seems to be captured in the middle of the day – or there about – you have been able to use the light to enhance the mood in the scenery. Very nice work!

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    July 17, 2012 at 7:47 am

    • Thanks so much for the feedback Otto. You’re absolutely right I photographed this in the afternoon and the light was harsh. While the color image was nice I felt I could create a more dramatic mood in B&W.

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      July 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

  14. nice BW Edith, looking forward to more from this trip!

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    July 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

  15. Glad to see you had a nice vacation Edith, it sure is great to see you back again! Love this photo, and I am really looking forward to what else you’ve come home with!!

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    July 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

  16. Nice conversion Edith, I like pier shots a lot!

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    July 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  17. Great shot, stunning in B&W

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    July 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

  18. A wealth of interesting detail in this fine composition!

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    August 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  19. sjophotography

    Love this and all your work. Such a joy to look at.

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    November 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    • Thank you very much for visiting and for your kind comments. I truly appreciate it.

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      November 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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