2-7-16 Pemaquid and Milkway with Shooting Star

Got an invite from my friend Dan, Bicycle with a View, to go to Pemaquid Lighthouse this morning. This image was taken shortly after 5 AM and as you can see, the milky way is appearing in the early morning sky, although the brightest part of it isn’t in this pic. I didn’t realize, while I was exposing the photo, a shooting star went across the sky. Pemaquid Point is one of the iconic, and oft photographed lighthouses in Maine, but this was actually the first time I ever photographed it.

10-5-15 Otter Point Sunset

Here’s another from last autumns Acadia trip. The first evening there I was photographing by Thunder Hole but I really didn’t like the photos I was getting, the sky was kind of gray and there were a lot of people milling about. I packed up my gear and headed out on The Loop road. I hadn’t driven for 10 minutes when I noticed the sky starting to light up. I pulled off into the first turn off which happened to be Otter Point, by this time the sky was on fire. I hurried and got the camera gear back out and rushed down the trail from the parking lot to the actual point. When I got everything set up and started taking photographs this was the only color left in the sky. Lesson learned, get to a place early and stick it out.

10-6-15 Big Dipper over Jordan Pond

Acadia National Park can be a very busy place during the fall, making this image was the only time I had the whole area to myself. It shows that it is possible to find solitude in one of the busiest national parks in the country, you just need to find the right spot and the right time of day. This is The Bubbles and Jordan Pond. I was hoping to get a picture of the milky way over The Bubbles but it happened to be straight overhead going from left to right. The photograph is a combination of two, the sky and foreground are seperate exposures. The sky was f2.8 for 30 seconds at ISO 3200 and the foreground was a ten minute exposure at ISO 1600. It was very breezy on this particular evening, causing ripples in the water, so the stars were not reflected on the pond surface.

10-7-15 Boulder Beach Sunrise

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,