I’ve been nominated by James Howe to take part in the 5 day black and white challenge so, for the next week, I’ll be posting monochrome versions of some of my pictures from the Acadia National Park trip.
I think Otter Cliffs was my favourite location of those we visited but, at the same time, the one that I took least advantage of. We arrived before sunrise and set up with tripods low above the great, round boulders on the beach. We knew that the tide was rising but had not realised how quickly it would come it so, by the time the sun peeked over the horizon, waves were crashing between our tripod legs. It was a popular spot so there was a line of photographers all shooting the location meaning that any one person who decided to move further from the surf line would be unable to get a shot unless everyone else moved too. Needless to say, we all stuck it out, kept our fingers crossed that the occasional splashes onto the cameras wouldn’t cause problems, got our shot then exited the scene fairly quickly.
This shot was taken shortly after we arrived and well before sunrise proper. What I was hoping for was the same composition with beautiful golden light on the cliffs but, while I got the cliffs and lovely light later, the vast majority of the boulders in the foreground were under water. Next time, get there earlier and set up higher on the beach or find a day when the tide is falling when the sun rises.
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