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I took a drive up the coast with my boys over the weekend. We grabbed some pizza and hit sunset at Schoodic. We saw maybe 5 cars the entire evening. Pretty surreal but on the other hand kind of amazing to have the place to ourselves. Stumbled across a couple compositions I wanted to try so I dragged both of them out at midnight the next night to sit under the stars while I collected some pics. The intention here was to get the Milky Way lined up with this crevasse. Being in a hole it was kind of dark... I ended up needing to expose ten minutes at 1000 ISO for each of the foreground focus stack images. Took about two hours and the sky stayed clear the entire time. Of course as the Milky Way rotated in the clouds moved in as well. In the end I kind of like the way it turned out with the galactic core providing the illumination for the clouds and the sky center. Had to use a single shot at 6400 ISO because the clouds make it impossible to stack.
The noise and hot pixels made this one a bear to edit. I forgot the whole despeckle and “dust and scratch” tricks until the very end.
Any way you look at it this was a fun night under the stars. We brought blankets. I’m pretty sure I’m never going to do a night shoot again without a blanket. Game changing...

Tags:   anp Acadia national park maine Bar Harbor winter harbor night Milky Way clouds stars sky rocks cliff landscape nightscape starlight schoodic point

N 22 B 475 C 2 E May 28, 2020 F Jun 1, 2020
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Taken at Eagle Lake in Acadia. I saw no eagles. But it was dark so there could have been eagles there... ‍♂️

I did see lots and lots of Osprey earlier if that counts.

Tags:   eagle lake anp Acadia national park bar harbor Maine night nightcap Milky Way stars lake rocks landscape

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Made it back out to Schoodic Point for the second time. I had a 2 hour window between Milky Way appearance and moon rise which was just enough time for two compositions. I still shoot these nightscapes the old fashioned way which requires lots of waiting around for 5 minute focus stack foreground shots to finish. Which on this night consisted of intermittent bouts of playing words with friends, listening to podcasts, watching Netflix and dancing in circles keeping my tootsies warm. I don’t know if that’s what most people think goes into making these images but that’s my reality!

Would have preferred it was high tide here but you take what you can get. All the planning in the world can’t change mother natures plans. Clouds rolled into this picture as I was taking my foreground shots wrapping up the night a little early.
It’s funny I used to be terrified of the dark. It still takes me a little bit to get acclimated and random sounds still spook me out but it’s oddly comforting being alone out under the stars. I left this one a bit dark. Didn’t seem right to light it up like daylight when it took a few minutes of adjusting to the darkness to even make out individual rocks on the ground in person. Crazy to think that all the light you see is generated by nothing but the stars (and the planets! I’ve seen my shadow from Venus before)

Tags:   schoodic point Maine Acadia national park ocean rock night milky way stars landscape tree pine winter harbor bar harbor night sky

N 264 B 5.4K C 17 E May 1, 2020 F May 21, 2020
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Man I don’t know how I’ve gone my entire life without going out to Schoodic Point. Part of Acadia National Park it’s separated from MDI by just a few miles across the water but about an hours drive from Bar Harbor. I grew up on MDI and have spent years criss crossing the Island but somehow just never found my way to Schoodic. Took a quick drive through the other morning and the possibilities are endless. I’ll be back soon!

Tags:   schoodic point Acadia National Park Maine winter harbor bar harbor long exposure black and white ocean Atlantic rocks

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Nice light the other day at sunrise but this was a super rushed composition. I had a location in mind but when I arrived the road was blocked off due to closure of local business. I took a spin by Nubble but that was also closed down. I was about to head home empty-handed when I spotted this little tide pool from the road. By the time I made it down there the tide had come in far enough to disrupt the surface but the light was just starting to peak.
So long story short, some great light but little bit of an unbalanced comp. Something is better than nothing!

Tags:   York beach York Maine me ocean sunrise landscape tide pool sand beach rocks


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