Here’s another Acadia photo taken at sunrise on Boulder Beach. The name is informal, you won’t find it on any maps but this beach has turned into an iconic spot for photographers and it’s way “over” photographed now. The morning I was there, there were 5 others. One of the photographers I follow on Facebook was there the following week and said there were two dozen photographers on the beach. I would’ve left. I remember my first visit in the 90’s I had the whole area to myself for hours. The one thing I had forgotten was how small the beach actually is, most folks photograph it with wide angle lenses giving the illusion of a much larger area. I just can’t imagine two dozen photographers in that small space.
Here’s a short time lapse video I made the other night. My whole plan was to make one photograph with star trails, which I did, and I’ll post that photo at another time. Since I had the photos I figured I’d play around in Photoshop and put together a video. It’s a compilation of 90 images and it’s 45 minutes condensed to under 4 seconds. The video would’ve been longer but I got cold and some clouds were moving in so I called it a night. The flashes of light are headlights of cars going by in the disatance,
This photo was taken on top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. I had never been to the top before despite being in Acadia a few times. I must say it was the least favorite part of my trip. In the past, just about every photo I’ve seen taken from the top of the mountain does not include people so it gives the feeling of solitude. Well, that’s far from reality. The top of the mountain has three or four parking lots and I actually had to drive around a bit to find a place to park, it was like being at the mall. After parking you discover there are hundreds of people milling about all over the place, far from the solitude you’d thought you’d encounter. This photo was taken at sunset so I’m sure at sunrise there would be less people, not everyone is an early bird. On the drive back down I pulled over at one point and walked a little way off the road and I found this spot which I had all to myself, so for a little while I could imagine I had the whole mountain to myself. You could also say I’m just as guilty as all the photographers before me by posting this photo, I’m contributing to the myth of peace and quiet on top of the mountain.
This past week I spent three days in Acadia National Park, I had been there before but it had been nearly 20 years, the purpose of the visit was to get new images for my upcoming calendar. The park offers a wide variey of photo subjects, from forests to mountain views to sea side cliffs and everything in between. On Tuesday I went to Otter Point to photograph the sunset and the crashing waves, hurricane Joaquin was far out to sea but was causing some very high surf. I took a lot of images of the waves crashing against the rocks, some of which I’ll post at a later date. At one point I turned around and saw some fellow photographers taking pictures of the sunset from a different vantage point. I thought the three folks and the unique cloud above would make for a nice compostion and this the photo I came away with.
My last trip to Reid State Park to photograph the Milky Way did not produce any Milky Way shots. I went back at the beginning of the month to attempt it again. At this time of year the Milky Way doesn’t appear over the Atlantic like back in June and July, it’s more west, although if I was at the same spot as the last Reid post it would’ve been over the beach. However it was clearer the night I was there and I think the lights of Portland would’ve been an issue. The trees in the background of this image helped block the lights because I was down low looking up. This image is a combination of two. The milky way was exposed at ISO 3200, f2.8 for 30 seconds focused at infinity. For the foreground I focused on the rocks in the front and exposed that at ISO 1600, f2.8 for 6 minutes.
I’m still trying to improve my night photography techniques. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago at Popham Beach. As the season progresses the milkyway slowly moves west across the night sky. The lights of Portland show up on the right of this image, if I had been in this same spot earlier in the summer the milky way would’ve been more south and to the left, so directly over the ocean and I would not have picked up any lights, the lights reflecting off of the haze in the distance didn’t help. All I would’ve had to do is move my camera position to the right so the milkyway would’ve still lined up with the life guard tower. That’s the challenge with this type of photography, finding an area there is truely dark, in this day and age it’s difficult but not impossible. Maybe next month I’ll go further north and away from city lights.
I took this photo last Saturday night at Reid State Park looking down Mile Beach. I was hoping to get a shot of the Milky Way over the beach but the conditions were less than ideal. Along with the clouds, the lights of Bath and the milky way not being in the right position this is what I came away with. This photo is a combination of two images. The sky was exposed for 30 seconds at f2.8 and the beach was the same aperture but a two minute exposure time