Friday, October 30, 2009


I recently returned from a trip to the East Coast.  Sleepy Hollow  (New York's Catskill Mountains) and Maine.  The time spent in New York at a family wedding was altogether too short.  Maine was unseasonably cold.  It seemed to be snowing or raining just about always.  My brother in law who knows how much I love Acadia National park told me on Tuesday that Thursday morning would be a great day for the coast.  Turns out he was absolutely correct.  The morning was very cold but there were only a handful of clouds in the sky,  a photographer could have designed it.

I did my homework and had a 5 page itinerary in a spiral notebook.  Arrived at Acadia at O-Dark-Thirty to find it closed.  HUH???  Since when is a National Park closed?  I had noticed a few photographers at a bay I passed so they probably were as disappointed as I was.  By the time we got into the park the sun was well up.  Oh well.  I later overheard some folks talking about black ice so perhaps there were some safety issues.

I did have a great time photographing the pink granite.  I was particularly impressed with the eroding forces on the granite, ice, plant life and in particular the lichens.  The lichens were various shades of green or else a grayish blue color.

The day grew steadily more cloudy and by noonish it was socked in.  I missed the sunset I was hoping for but as I was driving back I could REALLY feel the cold in  my bones.  Funny how I didn't notice it at all walking though the park.  Probably a good thing for me the day turned cloudy.

On this trip I brought a couple dozen large prints.  A few on photographic paper, some on canvas and several on some very nice Arches watercolor paper.  Anyone who asked for or admired a print was given it.  Now this is a junk-science sample but all of the prints from the DP1 were given away as were all of my xPan (film) prints.  The bayer sensor digital images (Nikon DSLR) came home with me.

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This DP1 continues to be a pain in the ass to use,  but those colors....


Ronald said...

nice post, lovely story and great pictures. I agree, my dp1 is not easy to use but it still forces me to think about the picture i am about to take.

Indeed, for landscape it is great, i was recently in the Tatra (poland) and came home with lovely images. If only there is one single images that makes me so happy... it is all worth it!

I admit that have to explore the path of printing more, but that trip is now in a lovely blurb book on my table.

....a photographic journey...... said...

lovely photos Dick.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Do.

Ronald, I have made just a few books. You're right they are quite lovely and often not any more expensive than prints. I should make more

obakesan said...

junk science or not, people know what they like. It matters not if there is a minute difference between the cameras, clearly you are creating more desireable shots with your DP than the Nikon

that has to count for something :-)


Anonymous said...

The Dp1 is very easy to use when you know what it's intended to be for. It does not have the bells and whistles of cameras such as the LX3. It is a pureist photographers camera. Try setting it to manual focus with a wide aperture on aperture priority mode. Turn the screen off an use a 28mm viewfinder and just snap away as if it was a disposable camera. When you are done view your images and I'm sure they will be perfect. Treat it like an old film rangefinder. We have all become a bit too dependant on gadjets. The Dp1 is not a's a camera. In fact it's the best camera I've ever owned and I've had a collection of Leicas. Visit the blog link below to compare Lumix LX3 pics with DP1 pics.