I arrived at this location in Acadia National Park about an hour before the sun was scheduled to rise at 5:24 a.m. I needed my headlamp to navigate the short but tricky climb down onto Boulder Beach, and as I made my way down to the edge of the ocean, I enjoyed the first signs of a new day coming over the horizon. I love this time of day. I love that it is still more dark than it is light, and that the colors and the atmosphere are changing quickly. Some of my favorite photographs have been made before the sun comes up, and many of them are longer exposures like the one below. I always look forward to finding a pleasing composition, setting my tripod and camera up for what will be a long exposure, and then using my remote to experiment with how long the shutter is open. I’ll set the camera to “bulb” mode and just start guessing at exposure times. Beginning with fairly short exposures of maybe 3 -5 seconds, after checking the LCD and histogram, I’ll make adjustments to how long the shutter is kept open. I love photographing the deep colors and subdued light that can be found at this time of day, but more importantly, I love breathing in the cool morning air and being in a place so special.