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My name is David Patterson, and as you might have already guessed, I have a passion for photographing the landscape. Born and raised in Ireland but now living in Maine, I feel very fortunate to be able to call such a beautiful state my home.

Mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, fields and the ocean… there is so much to see and photograph in a wide variety of seasons across the magnificent landscape of Maine. I live fairly close to Acadia National Park, one of the most beautiful places on this earth and an absolute jewel of a national park. Acadia holds a special place in my heart, and I visit it every chance I get.

Although I love living in Maine, I still miss my original home, Ireland. Growing up there I always knew Ireland was a beautiful country, but I don’t think I truly grasped just how incredibly scenic it is. Looking through a more mature lens, it’s only now that I have a better appreciation for the character and splendor of my original home, and I hope that my photographs of Ireland give you some sense of place, history, and beauty.

Just as I appreciate and love the state of Maine and my home country of Ireland, recent travel to other places within the United States has me eager to share my experiences. I have had the good fortune to experience and photograph the desolate and surreal desert scenes of Death Valley, the verdant (and rocky) vistas of Yosemite, the red rocks of southern Utah, and the impressive Pacific shoreline of Big Sur.

This blog started out very simply as a means to share photographs and stories with friends and family. Over time though, it has grown, and in doing so has introduced me to an extended blogosphere community whose support and conversation I truly appreciate. It never ceases to amaze me how technology can help make connections, so thanks again for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy my stories and photographs.

If interested in viewing an online gallery of my photographs, check out my “other” site at: http://www.acadiaandbeyond.com

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40 thoughts on “About

  1. I nominated your blog for the “One Lovely Blog” award! Please take a look at http://www.peacewithmylife.com and respond in accordance with the award rules. You need to list 10 facts about yourself and “nominate” another 15-20 blogs. It is a great way for the blogging community to get to know each other and for me to say how much I enjoy your blog!

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Magdalene… I’ve been bogging for about three years and taking a serious interest in landscape photography for about ten years.

  2. David, I know you shoot with Canon, but I’m wondering which model you use. The motor drive is going out on my most favorite lens and I’m debating over to just buy another lens or upgrade to a new camera. I’d stick with Canon so I can use my other lenses. I’d love to hear your opinion of the model you are using. Thanks!

    • David Patterson

      Carol… I started out with a Canon 10D and then a couple of years later moved up to the 20D. I used the 20D for about 5 years and loved everything about it. This was when 8MP was a lot of pixels!

      Somewhere around 2011 I started getting serious about the commitment I was making to landscape photography, so I figured it was time to take advantage of the latest technology (5 years is a long time when it comes to technology), so I invested in the Canon 5D Mark II. Not cheap at all, but the 5D Mk II has a full frame sensor which allows me to go wide, and it has 21MP that provide incredible detail and the ability to print large.

      Not everyone has the same needs (wants) as me, but luckily Canon (and Nikon) offer a wide range of cameras that meet specific needs and budgets. I love my 5d Mark II, but other cameras from Canon (7D, 60D, and the Rebel series) are all excellent value.

  3. David, I love your photographs! I am originally from the Philadelphia area, have lived on the southern Maine coast for ten years now. I have been to Ireland only twice. The fields of green keep calling ME, I can only imagine the longing you must feel for your native land. Maine is different, but spiritual and inspiring in its own way… good second choice!

  4. I’ve long admired your photos of Acadia National Park. Your tremendous storytelling ability in the photos continues to challenge me to become a better photographer and also to return to Acadia to see the beautiful scenes you share. In recognition of your work, I’ve nominated you for the “Adventurous Blogger Award.” Here’s the link for more information and acceptance terms. Cheers.

    http://bespoketraveler.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/adventurous-blogger-award/

    • David Patterson

      Thank you for the very kind words and for the nomination. Am hoping to have the time to respond appropriately, but if I don’t get to it… thank you anyway.

  5. Hi David. Well, there’s good photos and great photos, then, there’s your photos and now that I’ve put my eyeballs back in my head (your work is eye popping) I’ll just say thanks for all the hard yards you’ve obviously put in developing your mastery of photography and then sharing the results, so novices like me can feel inspired.

  6. melanietoulouse

    Hi David! I visited your wonderful state a few years ago, lucky you! 🙂 I love all animals, except reptiles! Warm greetings and my very best from Toulouse, France, “old Europe”… 🙂

  7. Jackie

    Love your work, next time your home you must take a visit to Rostrevor. To look over carling ford lough to the Cooley mountains never fails to put a smile on my face. I live just at the top of the fairy glean, with cloughmor stone resting on slieve Martin looking down at me. Ireland is a beautiful country. You must come back and take some more great photos. Jackie x

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Jackie. I can’t wait to get back home again, and when I do, I’m definitely going to spend some time in and around County Down.

  8. WordPress pointed me to your blog and I’m a new follower. I grew up in Michigan, lived in Dublin for a couple years and am now back in my home state. I loved the beauty of Ireland and being away caused me to have a new appreciation for my own homeland as well.
    Nancy

    • David Patterson

      Nancy… thanks for the follow. Yeah… it’s funny how being away from home makes you appreciate it more.

  9. I wasn’t sure exactly where I should post this – so if this is not ok – please scold me and then redirect me! 🙂 I nominated you for the WordPress family award. It’s under my posting for WordPress Family Award. You are to post your award with a thank you back to my link and then nominate some of your own favorites! 🙂 Here is a link back to my nomination if you’d like to take a read and possibly comment: http://wahmcat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/officially-title-award-nominated-momma-blogger/

    • David Patterson

      Cat,

      Thanks, but I don’t do the bloggy award thing. I genuinely do appreciate your support though 🙂

      David

  10. I totally understand. I know there are some people that aren’t into that type of thing – but you never know until you ask. I do love your blog – it is one of my faves! Photography is a passion of mine – but I don’t know enough about it to do it well. Still in the learning stages.

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