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Writing with Light

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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Cadillac Mountain, Sunrise, Acadia National Park, Maine, Bar Harbor, Landscape, travel photography

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52 responses

  1. jimdenham

    Lovely composition and gorgeous tones!

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    July 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

  2. Len

    Beautiful light and color Edith. I am so glad you had good weather. The last two times I was there, I couldn’t see further than a few feet. Now you are forcing me to go back! Can’t wait to see the rest of your images.

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    July 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

  3. Amazing composition and you captured so beautiful colours of moments… Thank you dear Edith Levy, love, nia

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    July 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

  4. Quite nice. I can’t remember the last time I saw 4AM. You rock!

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    July 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

  5. What a beautiful image, Edith. Well worth the effort of getting out there early doing those special times of lighting. Good stuff!

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    July 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

  6. chrisnitz

    What is up with that crooked tree top! Glad you could make it up at 4am, cuz I sure wouldn’t want to leave the bed 🙂

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    July 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

  7. Those colors are out of this world Edith, wow!

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    July 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

  8. awwww… beautiful sunrise! You’re right, the light at this hour is fabulous!

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    July 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

  9. Beautiful shot Edith, the colors are just incredible!

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    July 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

  10. Love it. Colors like this are why we torture ourselves and get up in the middle of the night to be at the right place at the right time.

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    July 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

  11. Gorgeous sunrise, Edith!

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    July 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

  12. cfrailey

    Love the color gradient through the sky Edith. Very nice.

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    July 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

  13. This is a stunning sunset and composition! Wow!

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    July 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  14. David Pasillas

    Gorgeous colors. Nice shot.

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    July 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  15. Beautiful, Edith! Love the composition and the combination of colors and hues.

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    July 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

  16. A great shot Edith. I’ve been there. But I’ve never been enthusiastic enough to arise at that hour. Beautitful.

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    July 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  17. Rick

    OM gosh! What beautiful light on the horizon! Excellent, Edith!

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    July 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  18. Excellent shot, Edith. Well done!

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    July 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  19. How many ways to say, Simply breathtakingly beautiful!

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    July 19, 2012 at 3:33 am

  20. Beautiful… 😉

    It’s probably easier to be waiting up to see this beautiful sight
    – than to get out of bed to see it… ‘¨big smile’

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    July 19, 2012 at 4:05 am

  21. doephotog

    Very pretty Edith!

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    July 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

  22. Just a stunning image and composition Edith, well done!

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    July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

  23. Lovely colors Edith, I haven’t been there in a while!

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    July 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  24. Glad you had such a clear morning, Edith. Last time In tried this I could not see my hand in front of my face. At least I had the mountain top to myself, or at least I think I did!! 🙂

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    July 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  25. Lovely colors beautifully captured Edith !!!
    I see u have hosted from ur smug site, like this much better and is definitely sharp 🙂

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    July 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  26. Beautiful HDR work. Love the sky colors.

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    July 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  27. leadinlines

    The beautiful colours you captured really make this a stand out image Edith!

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    July 24, 2012 at 4:58 am

  28. Simply one word, Stunning!

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    July 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

  29. Jim Nix

    that is a beauty Edith!!

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    July 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  30. What an absolutely stunning image Edith. Very nice!!

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    July 25, 2012 at 4:49 am

  31. What beautiful tones. This is lovely!

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    August 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  32. Beautiful colors!

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    December 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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