Steven Valleau is the Carver-in-Residence at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor in Maine. Inside the Museum, visitors can see his latest works and works-in-progress, or even learn to carve under his wing. Steve teaches daylong workshops and short classes for beginning carvers. In the winter months he leads ten-week long classes for experienced carvers, as well as introducing
The MDI Photo Club met at La Rochelle, better known as the Maine Seacoast Mission, for its December outing. We were able to photograph both inside and outside this classic Bar Harbor summer cottage. For the group photos I used a Canon 24mm tilt/shift lens which allowed me to get correct perspective for the rear of this lovely building. The tall guy third from the left is me taking the picture
The MDI Photo Club held its March “outing” indoors at the Harbor House in Southwest Harbor. With temperatures that morning starting in the single digits and only climbing into the low teens, it was a good day to be inside. I taught an informal portrait workshop on lighting, working with a model, and what’s so great about the inverse square law. I set up a mini-studio with small flash
In January of 2015, Jennifer Booher set out to circumambulate the shoreline of Mount Desert Island, hiking below the high tide line wherever possible. As she walks, Jenn studies the history, geology, and living things she encounters along the way. Later she writes about them on the Coast Walk section of her website jenniferbooher.com. There you can also see beautiful still life images she
The Bangor State Fair is an agricultural and recreational gathering of the population of the Greater Bangor Area and the entire state of Maine. It lasts for 10 days and typically draws between 60,000 and 70,000 people. According to the Bangor Daily News, this was the fair’s 166th year which makes it one of the oldest state fairs in the country.
Janice, Emma and I spent the day
The Maine Sea Coast Mission provides spiritual, health, and youth development programs in coastal and island communities from mid-coast to Downeast Maine. Rooted in a history of non-denominational service, the Mission offers hope, encouragement and help to strengthen individuals, families and communities.
This spring I had the pleasure of working with the Mission on two
Linda and Dan Lunt welcomed me aboard the wooden lobster boat Elizabeth T. for a photo session. Actually, I welcomed them aboard because I arrived early to set up my camera and lighting. It was a blustery fall day with a hint of winter in the air. I met this couple last month when I charted the boat from the wonderful folks at Sail Acadia as part an event I was hosting for a large group of
Starr Ferris is an actress and model from Elsworth, Maine. She and I collaborated on two photo shoots earlier this month. The goal was to create a variety of images using various lighting techniques. I shot all the images below using either Canon 600EX small flash or Paul C. Buff (PCB) Einstein studio strobes. Our “studio” was a huge room that I rented in the local community center. The
Last June I attended a week-long photography class at the Maine Media Workshop in Rockport, Maine. Our instructor was fashion and celebrity photographer David Turner. David shared his decades of experience with us one-on-one and as a group. On our last night, David shot the class photo below including the assistants and David himself. That’s me seated on the left in the first row. Below
Jennifer Steen Booher lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine with her husband, two kids, and two dwarf rabbits. She is an amazing artist and photographer. Her Beachcombing series of photographs documents the things she found on a particular beach on a particular day. Each image has a crisp white background and a precise arrangement of odd shapes and rough textures that highlight the