Feb 19, 2012

Moonrise over Acadia National Park

My last visit to Acadia National Park in Maine coincided with full moon. The day before I decided to take advantage and scouted for suitable locations along the granite coast shoreline next the park loop road. The next evening I made my way back to the promising location after a day of capturing the beauty of Acadia National Park. I set up tripod and camera near a tiny Tide Pool and patiently waited for the magic to unfold. It did not disappoint and I was rewarded with spectacular lighting enhanced by a beautiful moonrise across the Atlantic Ocean seascape. After shooting a few pictures in landscape format I decided to switch to portrait format. The portrait format in combination with a low camera point allowed me to include the moon and its reflection in the tide pool into the composition. The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM provided a sufficient wide-angle view that conveyed the spatial depth that I was looking for in my landscape photography image. I metered and manually focused on the granite coast in the foreground. A spit Neutral Density Filter reduced the light on the moon, sky, and soft layer of pink clouds while the foreground was exposed sufficiently. The aperture was set to f/5 providing a 10 second Exposure time that increased the silky water effect of the Atlantic Ocean and enhanced the moonlight reflection on the water. During post processing I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast, and color saturation before sharpening the final Seascape Photography image.