My morning in Acadia


I have probably spent more time in my favorite park this summer than in any other year, but I have definitely struggled with carving out opportunities for early morning adventures with the camera that I enjoy so much. I know it’s no excuse, but the sun does rise awfully early during the summer months in this part of the world, and I just haven’t done a good job at all with making the pre-dawn start needed to catch the good light. However, as my last couple of posts have shown, I recently broke the slump and “forced” myself to obey the alarm clock and experience a classic Acadia sunrise again – and it felt good, very good.Β This post includes a sampling of photographs I made on my wonderful morning in Acadia (these are the ones I haven’t shared yet).


31 thoughts on “My morning in Acadia

  1. The sun certainly DOES come up early in these parts! But I am beginning to notice a subtle change, the cats aren’t waking me up at 4 a.m. anymore! I actually enjoyed a sunrise along the shore path in Bar Harbor yesterday. It was so nice having the town almost all to myself for even a little while!

    • David Patterson

      Soon the days will start getting noticeably shorter and then it accelerates pretty fast. It won’t be long now until you’ll need a jacket for that early morning walk.

  2. Wow, David. These are really beautiful – especially the last one. The only time I was on that beach at sunrise there were thirty other photographers present. Since the early arrivers had set up so far back, I couldn’t set up where you have taken that shot. I would dearly love to have the beach to myself at sunrise with color on the eastern horizon. Well done!

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Rick. I usually hit this location up 5 or 6 times per year, and the most I’ve ever encountered is maybe one other photographer. Perhaps a workshop was in town when you were there? Or maybe I’m just lucky πŸ˜‰

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Joe… yeah, my time out with the camera definitely slowed down this summer, but hopefully as the fall foliage season comes around I’ll be able to get out more.

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Carol… it’s amazing what a slow shutter will do to moving water, though it can be equally as interesting to see the effect of a faster shutter speed. Each decision can obviously impact the photograph significantly, and I often find in interesting to experiment.

  3. snowbirdpress

    I am definitely a late sleeper. I’m not human before noon. I keep trying to recapture my mornings but so far it has not worked. These are lovely photos… I think I’ll enjoy whatever you post… morning, noon or evening…

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Merrill. I’m lucky because I have relatively easy access to a national park, and I know just how amazing it is to stand here at sunrise.

  4. They’re all beautiful, David…I know they’re “just” pictures of rocks and waves and sky, but you treat them so gently…they are transformed into incredible images….

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