I heard about the Bar Harbor Inn Arts Festival happening in town today, and decided to jump on the shuttle after work to go and check it out. I slung my camera over my shoulder to see if I could get some inspiration for my Day 8 photo in “town.” Walking through the art festival booths, I was intrigued by the photography art – especially some that were displayed on canvas. I’ve never printed any of my photographs on canvas. I’m now motivated to choose a photograph that I think would lend itself to canvas and experiment with this medium! After viewing the art – all of which was out of my price range – I headed down towards the harbor hoping to see a scene that would catch my eye for a photograph.
It was the dahlias that did it. There was an island flower bed (and I’m a sucker for perennials) that was strategically placed overlooking the harbor and the dahlias were stunning. I decided to use a short depth of field and focus on the dahlias – with the harbor a blur in the background. I took several shots before heading up to catch the shuttle back to the campground. I have found in my travels to various gardens on the island that dahlias are a favorite perennial here. I’ve never in my life seen so many different cultivars and varieties of dahlias! I will confess that I broke one of my rules on this photo – I did not use a tripod. This was a quick trip to town with minimal baggage. Well – I’ve always said that rules are meant to be broken. 🙂
After I got home and had prepared and eaten dinner, I got the urge to try a night sky photograph. I’ve never experimented with this. A quick scan of the sky showed very little cloud cover, and brilliant stars with no moon. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to give this a try. I set my camera up before leaving, grabbed the tripod and my headlamp, and thought I would try to secure a spot where I had taken my latest sunrise photo. There were too many people there to suit me, so I trekked off down the park loop road to a quieter spot and ended up with a good place to get plenty of sky with evergreens framing the photo. It took some editing to bring out the foreground trees and I altered the exposure during editing to lighten up the sky a bit, but not bad for my first try. I decided it was about time I splurged and purchased a cable release so I can get some longer exposure times. It was pure joy capturing this night sky! I’m guessing the planet that is shining so brightly is Mars with it’s reddish tinge. I know that I am now hooked on sharpening my nighttime photo skills!