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One of the “must do” photographs is the Bass Harbor Light.  Unlike Otter Cliffs and Jordan Pond, we were only at the Bass Harbor Light twice–once in the afternoon and once in mid-morning.  It may be that the best time to be there (I have seen some wonderful photos after dark there) is either twilight or after dark, when the light is activated, we were not there at that time.  Given that the light is lit in the a.m. sun and backlit in the afternoon, one would expect the best shot to be in the a.m.  However, being there at times which were not optimal for light, I was surprised to see that my afternoon result actually yielded the most interesting light. The sky is dissappointingly washed out (which is par for the course at the time of day we were there), but I liked how the strong sidelighting (almost backlight) lit the window in the lower part of the lighthouse.

A surprising aspect of this shot is that you just scramble down among the rocks to get a decent perspective.  Depending on whether the tide is high or low, this can be an adventure!


3 Responses

  1. I enjoyed reading your last few blogs about Acadia NP Andy. As it turns out, I will be returning to Acadia NP in June with camera club afterall. The price is ridiculously low and I just can’t “not go”. I’ll be picking your brain as the time nears…..especially about how to get to Boulder Beach for the Otter Cliffs shot.
    Looking forward to hearing about the D700.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Carol. June should be an interesting month. Lots of “greenery” and hopefully, the streams all full. The Boulder Beach spot is pretty easy to find and there is a parking lot ridiculously close to it, if you only know where it is. The park loop road intersects with Otter Cliff Road, when you are driving out of Bar Harbor to the South. JUST before that intersection, there is a trail head parking lot to the right. The trail along the shore is just across the road from that lot and the trail down to the boulder beach, just a couple hundred feet from where you cross the road.

  3. Thanks for the directions. I am hoping in June the lupines will be in bloom, as well as the azaleas and some of the other wildflowers.

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