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Maine

The Hour of the Land – Book Release

The Hour of the Land, A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, is being reHour of the Land, Terry Tempest Williams, book, national park, exhibitleased today and I am so honoured and excited to tell you that one of my images will be featured in the book. In conjunction with the release of the book, EUQINOMprojects will be having a gallery group exhibit of the photographs in Terry’s book.

 

If you find yourself in the San Francisco area, I encourage you to visit the gallery and see the exhibit. Below is the press release from EUQINOMprojects:

Press Release THOL

Here are a few images from the exhibit….

 

And lastly my image “Taking it All In” taken a Acadia national Park.

Hour of the Land, Terry Tempest Williams, book, national park, exhibit, EUQINOMprojects, Acadia National Park, overlook

 


Capture The Colour Photo Contest 2013

For the second year Travel Supermarket is holding its Capture the Colour photo contest. I was very excited to hear about this years contest and I’m very grateful to Ingrid from Road Tripping Europe for nominating me to participate in this years contest. Thank you Ingrid 🙂

To enter the competition you must publish a Capture the Colour blog post and submit 5 images in each of the colour categories. You must also nominate 5 other travel bloggers.  If you’d like more information on this years contest you can find it here.

So after a long hard look at which of my pictures were worthy of entry and exemplified the chosen colours….here they are:

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Yellow

Monterey Bay, marina, night, long exposure, ships, water, travel photography

I shot this image in July. I started the trip in San Francisco and drove down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles. I spent a couple of days in Monterey Bay and this was the view of the marina from fisherman’s Wharf. I love the variations and different shades of yellow, some deep some not, from the lights in the marina to the lightning in the sky and the rocks in the foreground. You can see the original post here.

White

San Marco Square, Venice, Italy, travel, deserted, sunrise,

One of the things that I loved about my sunrise shoot in Venice was the quiet. As anyone who’s been to Venice will know, during the day and night San Marco Square is teeming with tourists. Being up and out before sunrise not only provides a photographer with incredible light to shoot in but the Piazza if virtually empty. I chose this image of St. Mark’s Basilica because of the white washed marble of the dome, pillars and floor. As you can see it was still early as some had found a place to sleep after a long night of partying.

Red

Elgin Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Balcony, ornate, interior

This grand theatre is The Elgin and is located in Toronto. It dates back to 1913  and showcased up and coming talents such as George Burns, Gracie Allen and Milton Berle. The theatre was purchased by the Ontario Heritage Trust in 1981 and fully renovated in 1987. Today it showcases Broadway hits such as Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent and Avenue Q. While certainly not subtle, the red in this image brings out the regal and grand look of what a theatre should be.

Green

Jamaica, Falmouth, shack, rum, barrels, island

Falmouth, Jamaica. There are lots of colours to choose from in this image but for me it’s the green shutters and doors framing the 2 men inside this makeshift rum stores that attracted me to this scene.

Blue

Geddy's, Downunder, Bar Harbor, Main Street, restaurent, bar,

While up for an early morning shoot in Bar Harbour, Maine I came upon this scene walking down to the waterfront.  The blue of the sky and the blue paint of the building coupled with the ladder and workers screamed Norman Rockwell to me.

My Nominations

Nomadic Pursuits – Swing by and check out Jim Nix’s gorgeous HDR travel photography

SKE-daddle – Living Life Serendipitously & Exploring the Luxury Lifestyle Through Travel

Places To See Blog – Cornelia Lohs has been writing (and photographing) a blog in German for quite some time and has recently launch one in English. This is lucky for us English-speaking folks since Cornelia is also a journalist and her writing compliments her photographs and vice versa.

Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine – Beautiful HDR travel photography from around the globe.

LensEye View Photography – Len is a phenomenal landscape and travel photographer. You’ll just want to jump right into his pictures.


Weekly Photo Challenge – Color and a Few Thank You’s

I shot this image last summer while driving through Maine. We were on our way from Bar Harbor to Portland when we spotted this flea market and decided to stop and have a look around. There was a treasure trove of vintage and collectible items that just begged to be photographed.

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Maine, flea market, vintage, collectable, travel photography

Over the last few months I’ve been honoured to receive multiple blogging awards. Time seems to have gotten away from me but I didn’t want to leave these long overdue thank you’s any longer. These are the wards I was nominated for and the wonderful bloggers who nominated me. Please take sometime and visit these excellent sites.

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

Motion Photography

Dream Lenz

Photography Art Plus

Wind Against The Current

The Sunshine Award

CIGUDEG Pleais Bilong Tu Mi

The Great Zambini

The Adventurous Blogger Award

Get Set And Go

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Timeless Treasure

Olivia Wolfe – The Road Less Traveled

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Shawn Jones – Writing without Hinges


Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflections

Early morning reflections straight from Bar Harbour, Maine.

Bar harbor, Maine, reflections, pier, water


Weekly Photo Challenge – Renewal

I was contemplating this week’s photo challenge and which image I should post. Naturally with a theme like “renewal” I was leaning towards posting an image of a bloom in the spring but then I started to think about what makes me feel “renewed and fresh.” It’s being out by the ocean…it does it to me every time and obviously this couple felt the same way on this day. I was a bit envious when I spotted them. It seemed that they had Otter Point (in Acadia National Park) all to themselves. I made a mental note to bring a chair the next time I visited 🙂

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Maine, Acadia National park, Otter Point, ocean, view, B&W, landscape


Maine – A “Vintage” Travel Poster

It’s been awhile since I’ve created (and posted) a “vintage travel poster” so I thought this would be a good time. I’m actually working on one for Bruce Peninsula National Park and hope to be able to share it with you shortly.

This is the second one that I’ve created for Maine. The first one that I did was for Acadia National Park which you can see here. This time around I just couldn’t resist but use an iconic place such as Portland Head lighthouse as the focus of this travel poster.

You can view more travel posters in the gallery.

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Maine, Portland Head, vintage travel poster, lighthouse


Portland Wharf

Brrr…it was a cold weekend in Toronto. We didn’t get any snow in the city but winter was definitely in the air.

I had a client who contacted me over the weekend who was interested in a couple of my images but wanted to know if I could convert them to B&W. I was more than happy to oblige and have added them to the gallery which you can see here.

I also spent some time over the weekend trying to catch up on processing my images. I’m a little backlogged but I’m getting there. This image was taken this summer in Portland. This is one of the wharf’s where the lobster fishermen come in to deliver their catch.

This image was processed in Photoshop and converted to B&W using Topaz Black & White Effects. If you haven’t tried Topaz B&W Effects you can find it here. Remember you can 15% on all Topaz products when you use the code “ELPhoto”

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Portland, Maine, pier, fishing, lobster trap, wharf


A Road Less Traveled

Back to Maine for this image. This was taken atop Cadillac Mountain right after sunrise. It was such a beautiful morning and we were already up….so we went for a walk.

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Acadia National Park, Maine, Bar Harbour, Mount Desert, winding road, shadows


The Light on the Horizon

For those of you that follow this blog you probably already know that I was in Maine in July and was up for a sunrise shoot at Portland Head Light. You can see those posts here and here. Well I ended up going back to the lighthouse later that day since not all of my travelling companions joined me at the crack of dawn…go figure 🙂

While I like the shots that I took later that afternoon, the problem was that it was very bright & sunny with not a cloud in the sky. Not such a big problem for a summer vacation but the harsh light doesn’t produce the greatest of images.

I quite liked this particular shot of Portland Head but I thought that I could add some drama but using a texture overlay and creating a more worn, nostalgic look to the image.

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Portland Head, lighthouse, Maine, travel, fine art,

The last time I had posted an image with a texture overlay a few readers asked what the original image looked like so this time I thought I would share the original before I added the texture overlay.

Portland Head, lighthouse, Maine, travel photography, landscape

Well….what do you think?


Route 66…but not the one you’re thinking off…

Tucked away on Cottage Street, in the heart of Bar Harbor, is Route 66, a restaurant filled with nostalgic goodies that’s really a photographers playground. I found out about this place prior to my Maine trip from a fellow photographer and friend Len Saltiel.

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Bar Harbor, Maine, restaurant, Route 66, retro, travel


Painted Houses

Before I tell you a little bit about today’s image I just wanted to let you all know how very excited I am. A couple of weeks ago I entered Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour competition (you can see the blog post here). I found out last week that one of my images, “An Italian Vignette” won 2nd prize in the yellow category.

I was also quite excited that the image that won 1st prize in the Blue category was taken by one of the photographers that I nominated, Adam Allegro.  You can see all the winners on Travel Supermarket’s site here.

Now on to today’s image. This row of painted houses can be found in Portland, Maine. I didn’t go searching for this street. I actually didn’t even know it existed. This was on of those time when you’re driving along, minding your own business when all of a sudden you yell to your better half…”stop the car.” Needless to say my husband stopped. I had actually passed this street heading to Portland Head Lighthouse at about 4:30 that morning but it was too dark to see anything. We were returning to the lighthouse that afternoon and lucky this time I didn’t miss it.

I took 3 exposures and processed them in Photomatix and then ran the image through Topaz Adjust to give it a bit of an extra boost. (Don’t forget you can use the code ELPHOTO to get 15% off all Topaz products.)  The bulk of the work on this image was when I brought it back into Photoshop. There were electrical wires all through the images which took close to an hour of work to remove.

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painted houses, Portland, Maine, row houses, street scene


Ocean View

I don’t know who lives in that house but I’d sure like to visit for awhile. If you’re visiting Portland Head Light turn around and this is what you see.

I applied a texture layer from Joel Olives’ collection. You can find more of his textures here.

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Portland, Maine, ocean, seaside, fine art, travel photography, landscape


Help…I Need A Title For This Image…

I hope all my fellow Canadian and U.S. friends are enjoying this long labour Day weekend.  I thought I’d have some fun today and ask for your help in naming this image or at least providing a caption for it.

I met my two fine feathered friends the day we were hiking at Otter Point in Acadia National Park. The one on the left was quite vocal.

Acadia National Park, Maine, Otter Point, seagulls


Weekly Photo Challenge – “Free Spirit”

This week’s WordPress photo challenge was an interesting one for me. “Free Spirit” I have thought of myself as a free spirit…at times.

“Free spirits are inclined to explore life and taste new experiences that hold true to the deepest parts of themselves vs. being influenced by what the masses around them are doing. They are often people who think freely and have the courage to hear their own voice and follow their own integrity.”

Maine, Acadia National Park, Otter Point, Otter Cliff, climbers, rapelling

 

Maine, Acadia National Park, Otter Point, Otter Cliff, climbers, rapelling

 

 


Back at the Light…Portland that is!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s a close-up view of Portland Head. To be honest I was going to wait awhile before posting more lighthouse images but I wanted to ask a favor. I’ve entered this image in Viewbug’s Lighthouse Photo Contest. If you can spare a minute and hop on over to Viewbug’s contest page a vote for my image I would greatly appreciate it. You can click here to vote. Thank you so much 🙂

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Portland, Maine, Portland Head, lighthouse, sunrise, travel photography, landscape, cliff


Portland Head + 200

I know it’s Friday and this is supposed to be iPhone Friday day. Not to worry it will return next week.  Last Friday I shared with you images of Portland Head taken with my iPhone and today I’d like to share a couple of my DSLR images. I’ve finally finished processing them and I have a few more of this fabulous lighthouse to share in the next little while.

Oh…you’re wondering what the “+ 200” is all about in the title? Well today’s post marks my 200th. Perhaps not a huge cause for celebration but it is, none the less, a milestone for me and I wanted to share with all of you. I’d like to say once again thank you for all your visits and comments.

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Portland, Maine, Portland Head, lighthouse, sunrise, travel photography, landscape, cliff

Portland, Maine, Portland Head, lighthouse, sunrise, travel photography, landscape, cliff

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  •  the ability to save you project (layers using a new .tpz file format)
  •  3 party-plug-in support (select .8bf plug-ins)
  •  Cropping Grid overlay (stand-alone mode only)
  •  Aperture plug-in support

This update is free for current owners. If you don’t have it yet you can use the coupon code  “createFX” to purchase photoFXlab for $29.99.  This discount will be valid until 08/31/12.


Early Morning Calm

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to live by the sea. I love watching the waves come crashing in. I love the calming sound of the ocean and I particularly love being out by the water right after sunrise. The sea is calm, there’s no one around except maybe a fisherman or two. Boats tied up by the docks are bobbing up and down. This one particular early morning in Bar Harbor fit the bill perfectly.

The only thing missing was Jessica Fletcher cycling down the street a la Murder She Wrote. Here I go dating myself again. Ah come on…didn’t you want to live in Cabot Cove?

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Bar harbor, Maine, pier, dock, boats, water, travel photography


Peering Underneath

This is one of those shots where a little bit of acrobatics was needed to get the shot. I’m sure there was easier access to the beach and to get under this pier but I couldn’t find it from where I was. We had just taken a drive to Bass Harbor Light and I spotted this pier in SouthWest Harbor on our way there. I made a quick mental note to stop on our way back.  We did stop but the only way to get under the pier was to climb down a steep rocky slope, camera slung over my shoulder and tripod in hand. It wouldn’t have been so bad but climbing down through the rocks and weeds I kept getting bitten by mosquitos (not to self…next time where long pants).

I decided to frame this differently in post processing. Let me know what you think.

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Pier, Bar Harbor, Maine, Southwest Harbor, Travel photography


iPhone Friday – Portland Head

On my “must” list when we were in Maine was to photograph the Portland Head Lighthouse. I’m still processing the images from my DSLR but I thought, in the interim, I’d share a few of my iPhone shots with you.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, sunrise, landscape, travel

The Set-Up

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, sunrise, landscape, travel

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, sunrise, landscape, travel


Geddy’s Down-Under

Located at the foot of Main St. in Bar Harbor is Geddy’s Down-Under. Geddy’s is a restaurant, bar and awesome spot filled with cool stuff…trust me…the sign says so 🙂

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Geddy's, Downunder, Bar Harbor, Main Street, restaurent, bar,

Geddy's, Downunder, Bar Harbor, Main Street, cool stuff, license plates,


The Skipper

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on The Margaret Todd here’s a shot of our very relaxed skipper at the helm (is that what it’s called or have I been watching too much Star Trek?) of the Margaret Todd.

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schooner, windjammer, Margaret Todd, Bar Harbor, Maine, travel photography


The Margaret Todd

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, 
A tale of a fateful trip 
That started from this tropic port 
Aboard this tiny ship.”

Margaret Todd, Windjammer Cruise, schooner, Bar Harbor, Maine, ship, Frenchman's Bay 

Well it was a 3 hour tour but unlike Gilligan we did make it back to port. While in Bar Harbour we took a sunset cruise aboard the Margaret Todd, a 151 foot schooner, among the islands of Frenchman’s Bay. A big thanks to Len Saltiel you told me about Windjammer Cruises. Len is an amazing travel photographer who’s been featuring New England images on his blog this past week. You should check out his blog here.

Margaret Todd, schooner, Windjammer Cruises, Bar Harbor, Maine, ship, Frenchman Bay

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Growth

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “growth.” The definition of growth as found in the dictionary is “an increase in the size of an organism or part of an organism, usually as a result of an increase in the number of cells.” 

Children grow into adults, plants get taller and grow leaves. And what do plants need to grow…water.

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water, plant, Maine, landscape, water lilies


iPhone Friday – Eating My Way Through Portland

Ok so I didn’t really eat my way through the city but it felt like that at times. But really who could blame me. Where else can I get seafood so fresh it had just been plucked out of the ocean that day.

One of the things we like to do before going on a trip to the States is check out the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives food map site to find out which restaurants Guy
Fieri reviewed. I love that show and if Guy recommends it I want to try it. We had dinner at the Porthole our first night….best lobster rolls ever.

Portland, Maine, Porthole, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster

The Porthole

Portland, Maine, Porthole, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Guy Fieri

Portland, Maine, Porthole, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Guy Fieri

One morning at breakfast we met a couple who recommended the “best & cheapest” place in Portland for fresh lobster. Always game for an adventure we decided to look for Three Sons Lobster & Fish (there’s nothing like planning for dinner before breakfast is over 🙂 ). They’re really not a restaurant. They’re a wholesaler selling fresh lobster & fish to other restaurants but they do takeout. You can go in, pick your lobsters (or crabs, shrimps, mussels) and they’ll steam it for you. Order some fresh corn on the cob, a little melted butter and your set. Well almost…while waiting for the lobsters to cook we went to a nearby bakery and picked up some fresh bread and a trip to the liquor store ensured that we had something to quench our thirst. Where did we eat you ask? Well..on a picnic table in the parking lot on the wharf of course…fine dining at its best. One of the best meals you had 😉

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

Before

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

After

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

One of these is not like the other…

Loved the label and the ale!