If you take a look at my last post, you’ll notice that the color on this particular morning was pretty intense. In fact, it was probably one of the most impressive sunrises I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing in Acadia National Park. The reds, oranges and yellows absolutely lit up the morning sky, and needless to say, I was totally mesmerized by the incredible sight. The explosion of color seemed to last for ages, and as the vibrant light reflected off the ocean and the round rocks at Otter Cliffs, I worked quickly to try and capture the scene with my camera.
Although I am the first to enjoy a good sunrise, I have to admit I was already thinking about how this scene might translate into a black and white photograph. I hoped that the distinct shape of the round rocks would provide a strong anchor for the foreground, that the iconic outline of Otter Cliffs would hold the viewer’s attention in the middle of the scene, and that the light and patterns in the pre-dawn sky would add an interesting backdrop. With the color, I think this is an interesting photograph, but without the color – I personally – find it even more interesting. I’d be curious to hear your opinion.