Guarding Acadia - Acadia National Park, Maine

Bass Harbor Light, Acadia National Park, Maine

I hope that you enjoyed my photos in the Black and White Photo Challenge last week as much as I enjoyed participating in it. Now we are back to normal and posting color images. I haven't focused much on my recent trips to Colorado, Acadia, Newport and Disney and will try to over the next few weeks.

First up, we head to Acadia National Park and one of my favorite subjects, lighthouses. The Bass Harbor Light is located in the southwest portion of Mount Desert Island in the park. It is one of the iconic shots that commonly shows up when searching online for Acadia. Given its popularity, photographers are drawn to the location at sunset, when the soft light glows on the lighthouse. The challenge is to get there early enough to get a spot. It is not unusual for photographers to climb down on the rocks (you definitely must be sure footed) to get there two hours before sunrise to secure a good spot. 

For this shot, the NxNW crew (all ten of us) got there a little later than we wanted, and we were really lucky to get a spot in the very small parking lot. After unpacking and scrambling over the rocks, we barely had enough room to get a decent angle at the light. It is always fun shooting with a group because time passes quickly with a lot of laughs. Once the sun started lowering to the horizon, all talk was gone and only the sound of cameras clicking was heard.

I tried quite a few compositions, and I really like this one--a bit wider shot that captured some of the water in the foreground.