Otter Cliffs - Sunrise

Sony ILCE-7RM2 • FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM
ƒ/2.8 • 24.0mm • 1/6400s • ISO 800

This photo is my failed attempt to capture water splash using high shutter speed. Taking a splash water photography always requires a lot of trial and error as you need to sync your shutter click with the exact moment of the splash. The great thing about the digital camera is that you can take thousands of photos at the location and later review and delete all of them except your star photo.

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia

Sony ILCE-7RM2 • FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM
ƒ/9.0 • 70mm • 1/80s • ISO 2000

Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point of the North American continent seaboard is known for first place in the United States to see the sunrise. This makes Cadillac Mountain one of the primary destinations for visitors in Acadia.

This photo will give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be at the Cadillac Mountain to view the extravagantly gorgeous sunrise. The shot was a bit tricky because of the low light. It’s always a balance you have to create between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO when you are in such a situation. I wanted to keep the shutter speed around 1100 sec to account for people movements. Hence, bumping up the ISO to 2000 was one option to have acceptable photo quality while keeping infinite depth-of-field. Lowering the ƒ-stop was another option, but that will lead to a decision which part in the composition will be sharp and which not.

If you are planning to visit Cadillac around Autumn, be prepared for freezing temperatures and extremely low wind chills. Do check weather condition night before if you are planning next morning. Avoid planing on overcast or cloudy morning when probability sunrise is low. Car/Van is the only means of transportation. So if you plan to visit for sunrise view, make it to the summit least an hour before. It will be otherwise impossible for you to get a parking spot during this time of the day. Also, make sure you have multiple layers of warm clothing to protect yourself from intensely cold and windy conditions.

Hunters Head, Acadia

Sony ILCE-7RM3 • FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
ƒ/8.0 • 16mm • 0.8s • ISO 100

Precarious rocks in the foreground and with the smooth and calm horizon in the background give a good contrast in this composition.

It was a huge gamble to wake up before dawn and drive to this spot for sunrise shots when the night before all weather apps on my iPhone were showing a cloudy morning. I was actually anticipating a cloud break-out in the sky for a very short time window which always creates inverted sunlight illuminating cloud cover turning them to the glowing orange-red-pink fireball. And as you can see in this photo, that gamble does payout that morning. The cloud break-out was not more than 5 mins but it gives me a whole lot of time to take multiple compositions. With the expected cloud-covered sky for the rest of the day, I decided to return back to my hotel and complete my sleep.

Monument Cove Shore, Acadia

Sony ILCE-7RM3 • FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
ƒ/8.0 • 16mm • 0.6s • ISO 100

Monument Cove Shoreline along the Park Loop Road in Acadia is one of the glorious destinations to capture sunrise shots. To get the best shot, you have to reach the location before sunrise will require walking in the dark on these precarious cobblestones. A headlamp, rubber sole shoes, and a couple of empty plastic bags will surely ease out your photography outing to places like Monument Cove.

Hadlock Falls, Acadia

Sony ILCE-7RM3 • FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
ƒ/16 • 16mm • 0.4s • ISO 100

As I am taking more and more long-exposure photos of waterfalls, I am trying to convince myself that I don’t need a very long exposure to smooth out water stream. Even half second exposure is good enough to get a silky smooth stream. It definitely increases the probability of not having other elements like leaves, branches, or bushes blurred out because of wind. And I also don’t have to hold my breath and stand still for 10 seconds while waiting for my camera to click. #acadia #photography #landscape #longexposure