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Reid State Park is full of rock formations and a person could easily spend a day just photographing the nooks and lines and patterns in the stones. I saw this rock design that kind of looked like a face so I had to get a picture of it. When I viewed it on the computer later I noticed it looks a little like Jabba the Hut from the Star Wars movie.

Mike and I paddled up the Androscoggin River starting from the boat landing in Turner Friday morning. We were there the week before without our cameras and saw that the mouth of the Nezinscot River would be an interesting place to photograph so we decided to return this past weekend. From the Turner bridge to the mouth of the Nezinscot is a two mile paddle. What makes this place interesting is that it’s not easy to get to, there are no roads leading to it so the photos you get are going to be unique. It’s enjoyable to visit commonly visited areas like Reid State Park and try to get original photos but to get to an area that you have to put a little work or effort into is even more enjoyable because you know you’re not going to run into the typical fair weather photographer. We could tell no one had been to the the Nezinscot area in months. Along the shore there was a lot of sand deposited from spring runoff but there wasn’t a footprint to be found.

I photographed the stream flowing over the rocks from different angles and experimented with a stacked polarizer and ND filter to get a really slow shutter speed. The even, overcast lighting helped, we didn’t have to deal with the contrast of sun and shadows. The photo above was taken with a fifteen second exposure. I think it’s all right but I wasn’t really happy with the wide shots. I noticed an oak leaf trapped on the bottom of the river right on the edge of a small waterfall, 8 or 9 inches high, if that. The first few photos I took were wide angle and included more of the background and the leaf was small in the frame. I then decided to zoom in on it and just include the small falls and rock. For me it was the photo of the day. It pays to keep working an area even if you’re not 100% inspired at first and to pay attention to details rather than just the big picture.

A group of shore birds feeding along the waters edge on Mile Beach at Reid. Although the photo looks black and white it’s actually in color. I’m not up on shore bird identification so I’m not sure what kind of birds these are, they could be sanderlings. Guess I’ll have to get out the bird guide and figure it out.

I revisited Reid State Park this morning with my buddies Mike and Dan (Visions Through The Lens and Bicycle With A View). It was really fogged in so sunrise photos were out of the question. Despite the foggy conditions I feel I got some good photos. The one above is something a little different than I’m used to doing and the one below is on the same beach but a different angle and wider view.

I have others I’ll be posting in the future.