Imagining a scene…


From the very cool morning I spent in Acadia National Park with fellow photographer Chad Tracey, this is sorta what I had in mind when I persuaded him to go here.Β It goes without saying that the round rocks are the true stars of the show at this location, so I wanted to showcase them while at the same time incorporate the famous shape of Otter Cliffs against a backdrop of clouds streaking across the sky. Sunrise was scheduled for 6:40 a.m., and although we were treated to some wonderfully soft pink pre-dawn hues, the spectacular light show that we anticipated didn’t really happen.

In addition, I don’t think I have ever been to Boulder Beach at a time when the waves were so benign – after all, this is the mighty Atlantic Ocean, but on this particular morning it was like standing on the shore of a lake… a very calm lake. The 30 second exposure pretty much melted the tiny waves away completely, but I was able to get the effect of “movement” I was looking for in the clouds. This is probably as close as I have come to pulling off the kind of photograph from here that I have been imagining for a while now, but it still isn’t quite perfect. More surf, better color, faster moving clouds… you get the picture.

Oh well… it just means that I’ll have to come back and try again πŸ™‚


24 thoughts on “Imagining a scene…

  1. obrienspix

    Beautiful David, but everytime you post one of these, it makes me want to set up some more fish tanks…LOL. all of these beautiful rocks would look so cool in one.

    • David Patterson

      Jason… thanks. It might not look like it, but some of these are seriously big rocks! Speaking of fish tanks… you should see our little community these days πŸ™‚

  2. Such two different blogs on Acadia. Thanks for liking mine. And thanks for sharing yours. I love the mood of your photo. Quite dramatic, yet peaceful at the same time.

  3. Skip

    Very nice David. I really like the water effect. I always used to look for waves, the bigger the better, but now I look for very calm seas to get this effect.

  4. Great perspective and depth of field. I feel the cool mist through the photo. I think that’s it. When others feel they are in the setting with you – you’ve captured it!

  5. Bob

    I like the stillness as others do also. You must photograph the Nisaquogue River and wetlands sometime. I was there on a foggy morning with the sun trying to break through. In calls for a photo from you. Need to be there before Memorial day

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