Sep 12, 2016

Sunset at Raven's Nest Cliffs in Acadia National Park

Schoodic Peninsula is the only part of Acadia National Park located on mainland. It is often referred to as the quiet side of Acadia as only an estimated 10% of the annual national park visitors make the 45 minute journey from Bar Harbor. Traveling to Schoodic Peninsula awards with great sea views of coastal Maine along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. The pure landscape makes for excellent seascape photography at sunrise and sunset. On my last photo tour I finally explored the area around Raven's Nest. Ravens Nest is one of the most dramatic sights in the park as the steep cliffs rise about 36 feet above the Atlantic Ocean sea level. A short trail through the woodland leads quickly to the cliffs and I opted for sunset to photograph this iconic Acadia treasure. Upon arrival I took in the majestic view for a few minutes and chatted it up with some folks that also found their way to these secretly tucked away cliffs. With the setting sun finally painting the sea cliff in warmer hues I composed an image that invites the viewer to explore the coastline along the cliff. Clouds were moving in fast from the left corner of the frame, turning pink just at the right moment. The magic did not last long but I was ready to capture this unforgettable experience with tripod, camera and wide-angle lens in place. A Polarizing Filter minimized glare on the rocks and evergreens; the filter also boosted color on land and sea. A Split Neutral Density Filter balanced the darker foregrounds against the sun lit cliffs, brighter sky and cloud formation.

During post processing I adjusted brightness, contrast, color saturation and removed image imperfection and dust spots before sharpening the final image of Sunset at Raven's Nest.     


Photography Guide to Acadia National Park Photo Locations (Part 1)
Photography Guide to Acadia National Park Photo Locations (Part 2)
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