Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer: Blog http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jlynn Frazier 2009 - 2014 jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:43:00 GMT Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:43:00 GMT http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/img/s8/v75/u45430207-o808946072-50.jpg Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer: Blog http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog 120 56 Immense Energy http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/immense-energy 20140906_BaxterSP_KatahdinTrip__DSC6735Upper Gorge, Golden Road, Baxter State Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier. In anticipation for hiking Mount Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, I got my legs warmed up with a mini adventure to a nearby gorge down the Golden Road from where we set up camp for the evening.  This shot created and reflects (for me) a sense of anticipation, excitement, and immense energy. 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Baxter State Park Golden Road Katahdin Maine Mount Katahdin Mountain Summer Water painting http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/immense-energy Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:42:41 GMT
Inspire Me: Cowboy Coffee and Driftwood Fires http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/cowboy-coffee-and-driftwood-fires

"The Questions We Ask" - Bruce Kirkby in a Kalum Ko film from Kalum Ko on Vimeo.

In the spring of 2013, Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crossed the Georgia Straight from Vancouver to Victoria on an inflatable standup paddleboard. I had the great pleasure of seeing this film last winter when Epic Sports (Bangor, Maine based outdoor adventure equipment store) brought the Banff International Film Festival tour to the area. I attended both events and "The Questions We Ask," is a simple, yet powerful film with an important message about the true meaning of adventure. 

I have been thinking about what is important, what I am about so to speak. At my core, I believe strongly in living my adventure life, capturing moments with my camera, and sharing my work. I can only hope to inspire you to Live Your Adventure!. Here is my start at sharing not only my ideas around adventure, but the people and work that inspires me along the way.

As a complete side note, I must say, I tried paddleboarding with a fellow adventurer this summer and it was wicked awesome! 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Adventure Canada Film Inspiration Inspire Me Paddleboarding http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/9/cowboy-coffee-and-driftwood-fires Wed, 03 Sep 2014 23:53:01 GMT
Wordless Wednesday: Life in Motion http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/Life-in-motion 20140713_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC5411Rainforest Trail, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Abstract Canada Landscape Motion Pacific Rim National Park Trees Vancouver Island Wordless Wednesday http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/Life-in-motion Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 GMT
Shannon Falls: Changing Point of View http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/changing-point-of-view Adventure, play, and photography are my favorite ways to explore the natural world and continue to develop my photographic style and share my form of creative expression. What do I like, what don't I like. But more than that what do I want to convey and how best should I do that. As I approach a subject to photograph, every decision is a choice: where I set up my tripod (if I use a tripod- I don't always, even sometimes when I probably should), what lens to use, do I use my feet to get closer or move farther way, etc. Sometimes the obvious photo, the stand at the spot where the viewpoint sign is and take a photo makes sense. Often for me, it is a starting point. I am always amazed how quickly time can pass when I am in photography mode (for lack of a better way of describing it at the moment). 

On my trip to Vancouver I visited and photographed Shannon Falls,  the third largest waterfall in the province. What started as the standard viewpoint shot, the evening turned into a playful session trying different points of view to capture the waterfall. And it was really just the beginning of a wonderful night under the stars sleeping in a parking lot at the base of nearby Strawamus Chief (the second largest freestanding granite monolith in the world). 

Varied view points of Shannon Falls:

20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140711_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4616Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) British Columbia Canada Landscape Shannon Falls Solo Trip Summer Water Waterfall http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/changing-point-of-view Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:15:42 GMT
Only the Essential http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/only-the-essential Vancouver MoonVancouver Moon from the top of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. © Jlynn Frazier.

"No Matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." 
- Robin Williams 

I went to the top of Grouse Mountain hoping for a stunning, look out as far as the eye could see type of a view. In reality the hot day in Vancouver provided a very hazy evening. I did see glimpses of the city below but did not provide the view I had imagined I might see. The moon however was large and brilliant. I sat completely alone watching the moon and just enjoying the evening.  Rather than trying to capture the whole mountainside view, I decided to get close and focus on the essential. I "broke the rules" some might say by choosing to place the moon in the center of the frame. The thing about rules though, is that they are just suggestions to get you started. Explore them, challenge them, re-write them. 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) British Columbia Canada Grouse Mountain Minimalist Mountain Solo Summer Trip Vancouver moon sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/8/only-the-essential Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:09:02 GMT
Flying Solo http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/7/flying-solo I recently returned from a mix of travel adventures, the highlight being my first week long solo trip to British Columbia. I have traveled a lot for shorter periods of time and often on the back of a work engagement. Back in December for my 31st birthday, I decided I wanted to plan and go on at least one big travel adventure. I didn't know where, but I knew that a solo trip was something that I needed to do. When The Created Image Conference was announced I knew this was it and that I was going to find a way to make it happen. So I did and embarked on an amazing solo adventure.  
 

See photos from my Solo Trip to Vancouver, British Columbia and beyond on Instagram!
 

Sleeping in my car (a very sleek, functional Toyota Yaris) traveling around British Columbia was a great adventure! I spent the first half of the trip learning from David duChemin, Steve Simon, and Piet Van den Eynde at The Created Image Conference held July 9-11 in Vancouver. It was such a friendly and inspiring group of photographers and the content of each lecture exceeded my expectations. The second half of the trip, I was anxious and ready to hit the road and explore a part of British Columbia. 

It was a jam packed week and I am just beginning to unravel from being on the road. I am anxious to share some of my photographs and thoughts on my solo adventure trip. In the mean time, I thought I would share two images captured early on in my travels from the plane. Taken just moments apart they are the same composition, yet what a difference a few moments can make.  

 

20140709_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4437Flying from Maine to Vancouver, British Columbia. © Jlynn Frazier. 20140709_VancouverBC_SoloTrip__DSC4437Flying from Maine to Vancouver, British Columbia. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Clouds Plane Sky Solo Trip Summer Wing flying http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/7/flying-solo Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:46:29 GMT
Choosing Experiences: Borestone Mountain Take Two http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/7/choosing-experiences Following Summit Trail to view from West Peak, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, Maine, © Jlynn Frazier.

 
 
My first trip to Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary was in early May. I was surprised as the mountain greeted me with increasing ice and snow (that I was not really prepared for). A lookout point along the way was a beautiful ice covered pond and just a light sprinkle certainly would not keep me away. By the time I reached the first summit the rain had picked up and the thick cloud cover left no view to be seen. Amazing to be among the cloud cover, the cool/wet hike just heightened my sense for the adventure and wonder about what was just beyond the clouds.  
 
On my mind since that day, I returned to Borestone Mountain with another spirited adventurer. It ended up being one of those clear "see for miles" kind of days. The subtle clouds filled a blue, sunny sky and highlighted the vibrant blues and greens of the landscape.
 
Not all days leave me with opportunities to create images like this one (a two shot stitched pano for anyone who is curious). I am not sure where it comes from, but my rather relentless desire for adventure keeps me seeking more moments to explore all of the natural beauty to be found here in my home state of Maine and beyond. 
 
Tip: Choose experiences over things. Always. 
  
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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Audubon Borestone Mountain Hike Landscape Maine Maine Audubon Mountain Summer Summit View http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/7/choosing-experiences Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:27:01 GMT
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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Color Maine Pattern Reflection Wordless Wednesday sun http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/wordless-wednesday-color-of-reflected-light Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:55:32 GMT
Summer is Here! http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/summer-is-here As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "do what we can, summer will have its flies." Summer begins tomorrow and with that I am planning to kick it off with a weekend filled with fun and adventure (big surprise, I know). My adventure and photography journey is just that, a journey. Surround yourself with your favorite things and people that will cheer you on, challenge you, share in the things you love, and just keep going regardless of the flies. 

Ray of SunshineRay of SunshineA setting near Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Beach Cape Elizabeth Crescent Beach State Park Kettle Cove State Park Landscape Maine Ocean coastline state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/summer-is-here Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:34:18 GMT
Cairn's View http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/cairns-view I have hiked in Camden Hills State Park many times often from the Mount Battie/ Mount Megunticook entrance. This time I headed out on a weekday adventure after work to hike the Maiden's Cliff trail. The series of cairns in this area along with the wispy, yet puffy clouds drew me into this scene. The state park system in Maine is extensive and Camden is a favorite among visitors. I enjoy visiting any day of the week, yet must admit the quiet of the trail on this particular Monday evening was fantastic. 

Cairn's ViewCairn's ViewMaiden's Cliff Trail Lookout, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Camden Hills State Park Coastal Coastal Maine Landscape Maiden's Cliff Maine Mountain cairn state park sunset trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/cairns-view Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:43:49 GMT
Turning My Back on the Setting Sun http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/illuminated-cloud Recently on an unseasonably warm day in Maine (mid to high 80's and humid!), I left work and raced home to grab my camera bag and James the Adventure Pup. We jumped in the car and headed to Camden to hike the Maiden's Cliff trail. Located about an hour from my base camp apartment, the drive through small rural Maine towns was, as always, a joy. Nothing beats an impromptu weekday trip.

With many beautiful lookout spots and a lovely evening we did not make it quite as far as I thought we might, but it did not matter as distance is never the point or goal of these trips. The adventure is to have a very general plan (a trail, map, headlamp) and to just start hiking paying attention to what is in front of me, the changing light, and most importantly chasing clouds.

Looking out at the sun quickly falling behind the distant hills, I turned around and noticed one puffy cloud illuminated. I had a decision to make turn my back to the sunset or forgo the cloud. As I have talked about a little, I have a slight (well maybe not so slight) obsession with cloud formations and so I grabbed my tripod and set up to capture this scene. 

Illuminated cloud along the Maiden's Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

Illuminated cloud view through the trees along the Maiden's Cliff Trail, Camden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Camden Camden Hills State Park Cloud Landscape Maine State Park Sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/illuminated-cloud Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:42:27 GMT
Tree Tentacles http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/tree-tentacles Light falling through the trees highlighted a tree down off the trail in Acadia National Park. The shape of the tree "tentacles" initially caught my attention through the trees. The tree was visible from the trail but required me to take a slight detour to get closer to see the tree, getting close enough to tough it and walk all the way around it before stepping back to photograph it. 

Tree down becomes a focal point along the Valley Peak Loop Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Black and White Hike Landscape Maine May Mountain National Park Spring St. Sauveur Mountain forest outdoors trail tree http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/tree-tentacles Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:55:20 GMT
Journey is Climbing the Mountain http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jouney-in-climbing-the-mountain "Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
but all the happiness and growth occurs while your climbing it."
- Andy Rooney

To follow our passions we must seek out and continue to enjoy climbing mountains. For me it is sometimes actual, physical mountains but the metaphor applies regardless of what you desire and our passionate about pursuing. I find it is not so much what I have accomplished that gets me excited, but the continued journey: the next adventure I seek, the photographs I will take, the friendships and relationships that will form along the way. My journey (and yours) is a constant state of being who we are in this moment and a state of becoming the person we continue to evolve into through new experiences. Be awesome and enjoy each step along your mountain path.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Adventure Pup Dog Hike Journey Maine Motivation National Park Park Spring Trail Woods http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jouney-in-climbing-the-mountain Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:16:08 GMT
Returning Home http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/returning-home Often the ocean takes my interest, yet on this particular evening it was the wet lands. At first the color was rather muted as the sun began to fall. The larger tree reflected in the water caught my attention and the layers of marsh alternating with the water. I took several shots working both horizontally and vertically framing the composition in different ways. The sun fell and the colors continued to become increasingly vibrant, saturated hues of orange, pink, and purple. This was roughly thirty minutes or so after sunset. The color drew my eye across the sky toward the refections in the foreground and along the reflected large tree that first caught my eye. 

I just passed my one year anniversary having returned to Maine last May. It was one of the craziest and most challenging adventures of my life. It was a powerful time to say goodbye to one chapter in my life, a chapter that had never really worked for me. This also became an important start of a new chapter to just be me and to follow my instincts, passions, and ever evolving love for outdoor adventures (and of course lots and lots of running). A year later, I am happier than I have been in a long time and it feels wonderful to be "home" surrounded by my family, friends, and a beautiful landscape to explore and photograph every chance I get. I love to travel and go places near and far but Maine is and will always be home.

Simply, yet powerfully stated:

"Where we love is home- home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." 
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. 

 

Sunset Wetlands at Reid State Park, Georetown, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Landscape Maine Reflections Reid Beach State Park Spring State Park Sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/6/returning-home Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:29:32 GMT
Waterfall Abstract http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/waterfall-abstract Sometimes choosing to intentionally move the camera can create interesting abstract photographs. Here a waterfall image takes on a unique mood and feel from a more traditional waterfall landscape shot. The camera was moved downward vertically over a one to two second exposure creating the feel of movement throughout the image. You may think this works, you may not. To me the composition and movement draws the eye and and makes me look closer and think about the image.

Have you used this technique? Do you think it works here, or in what ways have you intentionally used camera movement to create images?    

 

 

 

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Abstract Camera Movement Creative Gulf Hagas Maine Movement Spring Water Waterfall http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/waterfall-abstract Thu, 29 May 2014 19:35:24 GMT
Please Leash Dogs? http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/please-leash-dogs Gulf Hagas, Brownville, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

Image captured with iPhone. See more of our adventures on INSTAGRAM

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Adventure Pup Brownville Dog Gulf Hagas Hike James Maine Sign http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/please-leash-dogs Wed, 28 May 2014 16:54:31 GMT
Beauty in the Trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/beauty-in-the-trail Each section of the trail shares a story and by following along the path ahead a unique beauty is unfolding. Often, the trail itself is just a means to get you to where you really want to go. Yet, the trails themselves have so much to share and enjoy. I recently spent a spring weekday in Acadia National Park and was struck by this section of the trail of the St. Sauveur Mountain Trail. This is not the "iconic" image you see from the park but I hope it is a reminder to dig deep into your favorite places and listen to the trail as it calls you to admire its beauty.

I have trail running on my mind tonight and upcoming hiking/ running adventures I hope to embark on this year. No matter how you explore the trail- bike, hike, walk, skip, run- 
enjoy every minute of it!

Spring hiking along the trail of St. Sauveur Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Acadia National Park Hike Maine May Mountain National Park Spring St. Sauveur Mountain outdoors trail http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/beauty-in-the-trail Wed, 21 May 2014 01:38:49 GMT
Sun Lit Farmland http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/sun-lit-farmland Bradbury Mountain State Park, one of Maine's five original state parks, is easy to access all year round and is a great place to explore with my camera and to embark on some fun trail running adventures too. I recently spent time in the park on a mild spring day welcomed by sun showers. I spent a bit of time watching the clouds, teased by light rain drops that left me thinking that at any moment it would start pouring buckets of rain. Instead, the sun peeked through the clouds lighting the farmland below. 

Late afternoon sun peeks through the clouds illuminating the farmland below. Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier.

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Bradbury Mountain Farm Farmland Hike Landscape Maine Mountain Overlook state park http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/sun-lit-farmland Tue, 20 May 2014 00:25:29 GMT
Get Ready and Wait For It http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/get-ready-and-wait-for-it A lot of people talk about the right camera, the best lens, and getting the perfect exposure. My tip for any outdoor, adventure, landscape, or nature photographer … you need a full tank of gas to get you where you are going, a sturdy tripod, and a headlamp so that you can arrive before the sun or depart after the sun is long gone.

Last week, I needed a mid week adventure so I headed to the coastal town of Camden, Maine to hike the auto road to Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State ParkThe first image is captured as the final rays of the sun shine from over the hills. In the second photograph, the sun had set turning the underside of the clouds a bright pink. The best thing you can do is to be prepared to wait for the landscape to change, watch the clouds, admire the sun, and wait for the moment when you are ready to push the shutter. Now forget about what camera you have and get out there! 

Setting Sun Over Camden HillsSetting Sun Over Camden HillsCamden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier

Golden HourGolden HourCamden Hills State Park, Camden, Maine, USA. © Jlynn Frazier

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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) Camden Hills State Park Coastal Landscape Maine Mt. Battie Spring State Park Tips & Techniques gear sunset http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/get-ready-and-wait-for-it Tue, 13 May 2014 23:28:14 GMT
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jlynn@jfrazierphotography.com (Jlynn Frazier l Maine Landscape and Nature Photographer) A Dogs Life Adventure Pup Dog James Maine http://www.jfrazierphotography.com/blog/2014/5/happy-birthday-adventure-pup Sun, 04 May 2014 13:00:00 GMT