Sunset Through to Sunrise

Sunset at Jordan Pond
Sunset at Jordan Pond

I spent a portion of this past week up in Acadia National Park at a workshop sponsored by National Park Trips Media and Tamron. The workshop started at 4 PM on Tuesday and lasted until 10 AM on Wednesday. The program started off with some excellent introductory lectures on what to expect and what you needed to set your settings in the camera for the different types of scenes we would be photographing. After a supper, we traveled first to Jordan Pond, where we would photograph the sun setting over the Pond and the Bubbles.

Sunset over the Bubbles and Jordan Pond
Sunset over the Bubbles and Jordan Pond

After finishing with the sunset, the next stop was to photograph the Milky Way rising over the Otter Cliffs starting in the blue hour and continuing into darkness. We did some light painting, plus having the foreground lit up from headlights in automobiles that were passing by on the road.

Milky way during the blue hour over Otter Cliffs
Milky way during the blue hour over Otter Cliffs
Milky Way with light painting from a passing automobile
Milky Way with light painting from a passing automobile

Next stop on the list was Otter Cove, where the hope was to capture the reflection of the Milky Way on the water. The problem was that sea mist started to come in, and clouds were starting to grow. The leaders then decided that we would pack up and drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. On the top of the mountain, in a location that faced both North and South, we were able to photograph the Milky Way while facing South, do more Lightpainting and then turning 180°. We made an eight-minute star trail, plus capturing the big dipper while having the lights of Bar Harbor in the distance.

Milky Way Galactic Center over Ottercove looking toward Western Point
Milky Way Galactic Center over Otter Cove looking toward Western Point
Milky Way seen from top of Cadilac Mountain, Acadia NP with Clouds and Light Painting
Milky Way seen from top of Cadilac Mountain, Acadia NP with Clouds and Light Painting
Milky Way seen from top of Cadilac Mountain, Acadia NP with Clouds with a light shining to the stars
Milky Way as seen from top of Cadilac Mountain, Acadia NP with Clouds with a light shining to the stars
8 minute star trails on top of Cadillac Mtn, looking toward Bar Harbor
8-minute star trails on top of Cadillac Mtn, looking toward Bar Harbor

We then returned to the hotel for a short break, meeting at 4 AM to travel for the sunrise on the top of Cadillac Mountain. We’re able to photograph the sunrise from the first color in the sky until the sun came up over the horizon and then fully rose. The hardest part of shooting the sunrise was the huge number of people that were on top of Cadillac Mountain to view the event.

First color in the sky before sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain
First color in the sky before sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain
First color in the sky, looking down at Bar Harbor from the top of Cadillac Mountain
First color in the sky, looking down at Bar Harbor from the top of Cadillac Mountain
People watching the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain
People watching the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain
People watching the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain
People watching the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain

Finishing with sunrise, we returned to the hotel for breakfast and a wrap-up session which included postprocessing, utilizing only Lightroom.

So the long day ended, and I was wiped out and spent most of the day sleeping.

There will be two more of these events scheduled and announced after August 10 http://www.nationalparksatnight.com/

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