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Acadia National Park for photographers

How did we choose the location for our first landscape photography conference? Besides being one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, we needed a place that would offer a once-in-a-lifetime landscape photography experience. Acadia National Park is that place.

At the Out of Chicago Summer Conference, we’re in the heart of Chicago so that we can walk to the best photo locations in the city. We want to replicate this experience for landscape photographers. Many national parks take hours to get from one side to the other. But at Acadia, most of the best locations are within 20 minutes of the conference center. Between classes, post-processing and critique sessions you’ll be able to join up to four excursions per day lead by our instructors. Groups will be limited to 10 participants in each excursion.

We looked for a location with diversity of photo opportunities. In the morning you may photograph the ocean waves crashing on the rocky shores of Boulder Beach. Later in the day it’s off to a waterfall in the middle of brilliant fall foliage. Head to the Wonderland Trail to explore tidal pools for crabs, sea stars and other macro subjects. Then hop over to Bass Harbor Lighthouse for a sunset experience like no other. If you have any energy left, the night sky is waiting for you at Jordan Pond or from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

There aren’t too many places on Earth that offer the diversity of photo opportunities that you’ll find in Acadia National Park. And that’s just the first day. Tomorrow you may head to the Asticou Azalea Gardens, Sieur de Monts, Thunder Hole, Sand Beach, The Great Meadow, Jesup Path, Monument Cove or Otter Cliff.

Acadia National Park is also unique because of its relationship with Bar Harbor. The city of Bar Harbor lies just outside the entrance to the park and it’s almost as beautiful as the park. The restaurants, shops, bars and coffee shops will lure you away from your photo adventure. If you need to convince a spouse to join you on the trip, Bar Harbor’s draw may be your best chance. When you stay out past sunset to capture the amazing colors in the sky and end up with a lobster dinner in Bar Harbor, you know it’s been a good day.

51bpwf3ijvlI vaguely remember camping in Acadia as a kid with my family, but it’s a totally different experience seeing the park through the eyes of a photographer. Anne Belmont, Michelle Kuhn and I made the trip to Acadia this past June to scout it for a potential Out of Acadia event. We used Colleen Miniuk-Sperry’s Photographing Acadia National Park book as our guide. After this experience we knew that she would need to be one of our instructors. Through her book we fell in love with Acadia and with Colleen. At the Out of Acadia event, Colleen will give the opening keynote presentation as well as lead excursions, classes, and critiques throughout the week.

We would love to have you join us next October for Out of Acadia. The dates are October 1 – 5, 2017. For more information and to register, go to outofchicago.com/acadia. Super early bird registration ends Saturday, November 5 at midnight. You’ll save $300 and you’ll be the first to pick your classes and excursions when full registration opens in the summer. The super early bird price is $995 with a $500 deposit to reserve your spot. We are limiting the event to 100 participants, so act now!

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