Last night was the first time I attempted a long exposure capture of the bay. Although the sky was clear, the water moved beautifully. Stacking both a .6 and .3 ND filters, thanks to Mabry Campbell who has mastered the art of Long Exposure captures, here is my best capture of the evening.
With a five minute exposure, the water started to become silky. Clearly to make this scene spectacular, cloud movement will be needed. No worries though, as the Maine heat wave is to end tonight and rain is rolling in. Adding to drama in the sky, and hopefully some fog filled moments.
Inspired by the sun, I decided to set the alarm for 4:00 a.m. for a 5:00 a.m. sunrise. Even though this is the fourth year spending some holiday time in Acadia, I’ve never gone to Cadillac mountain for sunrise. This morning, I decided to follow the tourists and bikers up the mountain. My first captures that I took there didn’t pass my cut, and the cloud cover wasn’t complimentary. So I left ten minutes early. I shouldn’t have..as the sun came out brilliantly. At least I was able to enjoy it while driving along the Park loop.
But getting a head start from the tourists hitting the over popular Park Loop road, I was able to capture these two does and their fawns with spots. Although it was one of those times that I was unprepared. Packing light in the morning, I only brought my walkabout 24-105mm lens and left the 500mm and 100-400mm lenses at home. This was the best I could do with the equipment I had.
Another wish thing on my list this visit was to walk the full 3.3 mile circuit around Jordan Pond. The view over “The Bubbles” continued to get better and better the closer I got towards them. I also discovered the birds ! Again…under equipped. But at least I know now where to return to.
One of the best moments of this mornings walkabout was when I was just wrapping up on the trail. This adorable Red Squirrel ran across the trail and was quickly a mushroom thief. I’ve never seen a squirrel eat a mushroom, and this was a big mushroom. Bigger than his head! Hopefully it wasn’t one of Alice’s mushrooms.