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Regional Field Event 2012 Acadia (Bar Harbor), Maine
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NANPA 2012 Acadia Regional Field Event
Jerry Monkman :: Tom Blagden :: Kari Post :: Paul Rezendes


Hotel & Registration






© Tom Blagden

© Kari Post

Maine's Acadia National Park has been inspiring artists for more than 150 years for good reason. The park's rugged features truly define the best of the New England landscape: Granite domes that tower above lush forests and crystalline lakes; cliffs that rise 100 feet above the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean; and quiet coves that face the rising sun are ringed by pink granite ledges. Add a classic Maine lighthouse and working harbors that seem frozen in time, and photographers are presented with a seemingly endless collection of photography opportunities.

Fall in Acadia adds intensity to an already dramatic landscape. The fiery colors of birch and maples add vivid contrast to the greens of pines, spruce and fir. In this first-ever NANPA Regional Event in New England, we'll be exploring the best of what Acadia has to offer, from the iconic landscapes of Monument Cove, Bass Harbor Head Light, and Cadillac Mountain, to lesser-known locations that give photographers the opportunity to shoot some of the intimate details of the park.

A fall visit to Acadia is a "life list" experience for any nature photographer. Join us as 4 professional photographers take you on various field trips to capture all this park has to offer. Field trips will occur during the prime lighting hours in the morning and afternoons on Friday and Saturday. Midday we'll gather at the hotel for critiques and question and answer sessions with the pros. Our shooting time will wrap up on Sunday morning, then everyone will gather for a final farewell brunch.


© Tom Blagden

© Jerry Monkman

DATE: Thursday, October 4 thru Sunday, October 7, 2012

TIME: 4:00pm Thursday to 1:00pm Sunday

COST: $395 for members / $495 non-members
(See registration form for other options)

LOCATION: Acadia, Bar Harbor ME

LAST DATE TO REGISTER: Thursday, September 27, 2012



SHARE THIS EVENT with your fellow photographers, both offline and online. Links, graphics, and printable material are available below to use on your website, blog, Facebook, or as a printed one-sheet flyer to hand out at club meetings and other gatherings.

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Link to this page: http://www.nanpa.org/2012acadia

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© Kari Post

© Tom Blagden

NANPA has secured special rates at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center. Rooms must be booked by August 20, 2012 in order to get the special rate.

Aerial view of hotel HOTEL INFO:
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel &
Conference Center

119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor ME 04609
Phone: 800-336-2463
Fax: 207-288-8402


Hotel's Facebook Page

Google Map to Hotel

Water view of hotel Oceanside Building queen or king bed, oceanview: Book by August 20, 2012 to get this special $143 plus tax per night based on single or double occupancy.

Maine Building queen or king bed, oceanview: Book by August 20, 2012 to get this special $161 plus tax per night based on single or double occupancy.

Online reservations use Code 273561.

Interior view of hotel By phone mention you are with the NANPA group Code 273561.

Free continental breakfast from 6:30am-10am, included in room rate. For trips leaving before 6:30am, muffins and coffee will be available in the lobby at 5:00am.

Sunday Farewell Lunch at 11 is included in registration fee.

Register Online

Jerry Monkman
© Michael Penney

© Jerry Monkman

Jerry Monkman - Known for his conservation photography work in New England's wild places, Jerry Monkman has spent the last 20 years artfully documenting the mountains, forests, and coastlines that define the region. Staying true to his mission of "promoting ecological awareness through creative photography", his images have contributed to raising awareness and funds to protect a diverse collection of wild places, from a small Connecticut trout stream not far from New York City, to New Hampshire's Great Bay, to Maine's Katahdin Lake near Baxter State Park. His work has appeared in magazines, books, and calendars around the world, including Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Audubon, and the New York Times. With his wife Marcy, Jerry has co-author several books about the region, including three about Acadia National Park: Discover Acadia, A Photographer's Guide to Acadia, and Wild Acadia, which was named a top photo book of 2007 by Shutterbug Magazine. Jerry also leads several photo workshops annually in Vermont, New Hampshire's White Mountains, Acadia National Park, and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Jerry's website is at: www.ecophotography.com

Kari Post
© Kari Post

© Kari Post

Kari Post is a photographer, writer, educator, and environmentalist living in New Hampshire. Her work focuses on using photography and outdoor experiences to connect people with nature. She enjoys using her photographs to raise awareness about conservation and environmental issues; in her hands, photography becomes a tool for both inspiration and education. In 2010, Kari received honorable mention for the prestigious Art Wolfe Award in the International Conservation Photography awards. In addition to photography, Kari also has years of experience as an outdoor guide and educator, and has led numerous adventure and photography trips throughout North America. Since 2009, she has worked as an editor and forum moderator for NatureScapes.Net, the resource for nature photographers, and she currently serves NANPA as an ambassador and member of the College Scholarship Program committee. Kari is excited to be a leader for NANPA's 2012 regional event in Acadia National Park, and looks forward to sharing the beauty and ecology of this incredible area with others. Visit Kari's website: www.karipost.com.

Paul Rezendes
© Paul Rezendes

© Paul Rezendes

Paul Rezendes - With over 25 years experience as a professional stock photographer, Paul Rezendes travels mostly throughout the Eastern US capturing the natural beauty of land and sea. A native New Englander, Paul has photographed Acadia in all seasons, and visits the Maine coast regularly, alternating between his van and sailboat as shooting platforms. Concurrently with his photography business, Paul and his wife operated a nature school in Massachusetts for twenty years. Recognized as one of the leading animal trackers in the country, Paul taught the art and science of animal tracking, nature observation, and photography to thousands of students. He is the author/photographer of the best-selling Tracking & the Art of Seeing, The Wild Within, Wetlands The Web of Life and several photo books. With a stock library of 100,000+ large and medium format images, as well as digital capture in more recent years, his work has been published in hundreds of calendars, note cards, books, brochures and magazines. Paul also offers fine art prints of his photos and continues to make his living exclusively through the sale and licensing of his images. Visit Paul's website: www.paulrezendes.com.

Tom Blagden
© Lynn Blagden

© Tom Blagden

Tom Blagden - A professional nature photographer for over thirty years, Tom Blagden has concentrated his work primarily on Maine, South Carolina, and Costa Rica. Tom's photographs have appeared in most national conservation calendars, as well as in numerous exhibits and magazines, including the covers of Smithsonian, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Sierra. Tom's photographs and writing are devoted to land protection and conservation issues, resulting in six books on South Carolina. Tom is also a recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award for his exhibit-format volume "First Light" on Acadia National Park and is "photographer at large" for Friends of Acadia Foundation. He has served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of SC and the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and leads photography trips to the Grand Canyon and Costa Rica. Tom is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photography Association. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Sarah.


© Randy Brand

Suzan Brand - Suzan Chiacchio Brand is a photographer and writer whose favorite subjects are nature related. She became interested in photography in her teens during the many weekend hikes she would take with her family to local state parks. The camera became a very good excuse to be outside exploring the natural world. With her first 35mm camera, her dad built her a darkroom where she spent hours developing black and white images. She has since embraced the digital revolution, and is equally intrigued with the digital "lightroom."

A communications major at Goucher College, her emphasis was on photography. Her work has appeared in juried shows across the country, as well as solo exhibits in Baltimore, Maryland and Charleston, South Carolina. Several of her images can be found in private and corporate collections. Suzan has served as the co-chair of NANPA's Regional Events Committee since 2004, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association (CNPA). She lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, just a stone's throw from the picturesque city of Charleston, where she can be outside year round.

© Melanie Kipp

Bruce K. Haley, Jr. - Bruce K. Haley, Jr., a Charleston, WV native and Certified Public Accountant by education, has always felt the need to create. His experiences as a Vietnam combat veteran left him with a need to seek out and express the more beautiful side of life. He experimented with writing, music, painting and crafts. While finding all these expressions somewhat satisfying, it wasn't until he discovered photography that he knew he had finally found a way to express his innermost feelings.

Bruce uses the camera lens as his paint brush. His bold and colorful presentation of nature has made his work much sought after throughout the United States. Since November of 2002, Bruce's award winning art has appeared in over one-hundred exhibitions in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, Michigan, and California. His work is included in many corporate and private collections including six pieces purchased by the state of West Virginia for their permanent art collection.

In Bruce's words, "Photography isn't about f/stops, shutter speeds or equipment. It's about living, feeling, seeing. It's about opening my mind to learning, not only about the people, places and things around me, but also, about me. Photography, for me, is life living, life giving."


© Jerry Monkman
  1. Monument Cove: (Drive time - 15 minutes) - Classic cobblestone beach with Otter Cliffs in the distance. Adjacent granite ledges can also be accessed for classic Maine coast landscapes. Ledges and the cove face the sunrise.

  2. Cadillac Mountain: (Drive time - 20 minutes) - The tallest peak in Acadia, the open, granite summit of Cadillac offers unobstructed views of Dorr and Champlain Mountains, Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, and the open Atlantic. In fall, the ground hugging shrubs turn crimson, especially in the early morning and evening light. Fog often fills the valley below the summit at sunrise.

  3. Sand Beach: (Drive time - 15 minutes) - This ½ mile long beach is one of the most beautiful in Maine. Hemmed in by cliffs on both the east and west, you won't see the actual sunrise here, but early morning light is ideal for dramatic photos of the beach and cliffs, as well as a tidal creek behind the beach and the granite peak known as "The Beehive."

  4. Dorr Point: (Drive time - 5 minutes plus 10 minute walk through the woods) - Dorr Point is in a secluded cove, not far from downtown Bar Harbor, that features both a cobblestone beach and typical Maine coast rocky ledges. Both look east at the rising sun and Bald Porcupine Island in Frenchman Bay.

  1. Jordan Pond: (Drive time - 20 minutes) - One of the most iconic locations in Acadia, Jordan Pond is a 2-mile, fresh water pond, home to loons, beaver, and other wildlife. However, photographers are mainly drawn here by the classic landscape of the pond, its boulders, and the symmetrical rounded peaks at the north end of the pond, known as "The Bubbles." Hiking trails and carriage roads also provide access to woodland and stream scenes.

  2. Cadillac Mountain: (Drive time - 20 minutes) - The tallest peak in Acadia, the open, granite summit of Cadillac offers unobstructed views of Dorr and Champlain Mountains, Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, and the open Atlantic. In fall, the ground hugging shrubs turn crimson, especially in the early morning and evening light.

  3. Bar Harbor town pier: (Drive time - 5 minutes) - Classic Maine harbor scenes - lobster boats, buoys, a four-masted schooner, and the Porcupine Islands in Frenchman Bay. All look great in sunset light, and if you get bored it's a five minute walk to ice cream!

  4. Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and/or Bernard Harbor: (Drive time - 30 minutes) - Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is a picturesque white lighthouse with a red light perched above Blue Hill Bay on classic Maine coast rock ledges. Nearby Bernard Harbor is a small working fishing village with lobster and ground fishing boats and the associated gear that goes with them.


© Paul Rezendes

Please note that the schedule for all Regional Events are subject to change... Field trips are all subject to change! We never know what Mother Nature will throw our way -- several alternate locations are waiting in the wings, if needed.

Field Trip Breakdown:

Friday AM: Monument Cove, Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Dorr Point

Friday PM: Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor town pier, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse/Bernard Harbor

Saturday AM: Monument Cove, Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Dorr Point

Saturday PM: Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor town pier, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse/Bernard Harbor

Sunday AM: Monument Cove, Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Dorr Point



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NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection.

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