Chasing The Light on Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to see the sunrise in the U.S. Naturally the plan was to photograph the sunrise. Consulting my Photographer’s Ephemeris the night before I plotted my plan of attack ensuring that I had everything I needed packed and ready to go at 4AM..
I was told to expect a mountain top packed with tripod toting photographers but I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) to find that the look-out wasn’t as crowded as I had anticipated although about 15 minutes prior to sunrise the parking lot had filled up sufficiently to be considered busy. The nice thing about expansive mountain tops is that there’s generally enough room to accommodate everyone and I was able to move around with my tripod in order to photograph from different vantage points.
For me the beauty of sunrise shoots happens approximately 15 to 20 minutes before the sun breaks the horizon when the light changes every couple of minutes turning the sky into a multi-colored blanket banded in red, orange and yellow with a little purple thrown in for good measure. The light was a beautiful as I had hoped on this clear morning.
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