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Inspiration or Just Having Fun

by Stuart Hasson
Acadia Nat. Park Sunrise

Last month, I visited one of the most beautiful destinations on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., Acadia National Park. The seascapes, landscapes and people were wonderful. The weather, typical for New England, changed from 35 degrees and rainy to 73 degrees and sunny. Calm beautiful mornings (on the chilly side) capturing the sunrise to crystal clear days watching the waves erupt onto the rocky shore to cloudless star-filled nights (still on the chilly side) shooting the Milky Way. The experience was non-stop, fast-paced (despite their laid-back reputation) sensory overload.

My hosts were Al DeValle and Thom Rouse. I was invited along with 7 other photographers to Al’s home in Acadia N.P. for a weeklong scenic photo workshop “A New Way of Seeing the Landscape” It was crazy-cool to hang out with Al & Thom. Both of these guys are so much more than ‘photographers’. The landscape was gorgeous (even in the rain!), but the way these two gentlemen ‘observed’ the landscape was absolutely inspirational! We’d all be looking at exactly the same thing, take out our cameras, shoot the scene and head back to basecamp (a REALLY nice basecamp) for editing. I’d look on their computers and ask “Where heck was THAT?” It was really incredible! But that was why I was there; to SEE differently.

By the end of the week, I was finally getting it (not to mention exhausted). I wasn’t just ‘seeing’, I was creating a vision from what was real and in front of me, then moving digitally toward something from my mind… a New Way of Seeing!

Acadia Nat. Park Sunrise
Acadia Nat. Park Sunrise
This picture is about 30 years old but it brings me back every time I look at it. THAT’s why I’m a photographer: To help people REMEMBER all of the good things in their Life!

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