Jul 6, 2015

Behind the Image: Atlantic Genesis - Seacoast Fine Art Photography


Maine Acadia National Park provides the photographer with so many opportunities that can be explored along the park loop road or within the carriage roads of the park. It can be very busy at times because Acadia NP is one of the most visited national parks in the United States of America. There is always something new to discover and my last photo tour did not let me down. I discovered an incredible overlook that provided stunning views of the coastal gem with steep cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the shore. The very next morning I decided to head back and as expected I had the area for my self. It was a rewarding sunrise where I captured a few instant favorites. For this picturesque New England seacoast photography image I decided to use a neutral density filter to lengthen my exposure time. The multiple seconds during the exposure created a silky water effect of the ocean waters while the bold coast of Maine stayed in focus. The sunrise colors and darker foreground were balanced with an additional split neutral density filter. The graduated ND filter avoided burning out the sky when metering on the cliffs to capture more detail within them.
Aperture was f/13 providing a 20 seconds exposure time at ISO400. During post processing I leveled the horizon, removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, color saturation and contrast before sharpening the final image of "Atlantic Genesis".

Good light and happy photo making!


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