On my latest photo tour to Acadia National Park I passed by Asticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine on my way back home from an amazing sunrise photography shoot. The sun was still low and painting the flowering azaleas in beautiful first light and hues. Recognizing an opportunity I immediately stopped to set up and capture this beautiful garden with its spring flowers in full bloom. Calm waters made for a great reflection of the clouds in the sky. Early morning is one of my favorite times as I also don't have to worry about crowds walking into the frame; indeed I had this relaxing oasis all for myself.
Equipped with a graduate neutral density filter I was able to balance the contrast between the darker foregrounds and the brighter sky and provide a bit more punch.
An aperture at f/22 provided a 1/2 second exposure time at ISO100. During my routine post processing workflow I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, color saturation and contrast before sharpening the final image of "Asticou Azalea Garden".
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