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In its relatively compact dimensions, Acadia National Park contains miles of rocky shoreline, ponds and tarns, forests and high hilltop vistas. While I enjoy all of its diversity, I am primarily drawn to its granite shoreline and sea cliffs. I always start at Thunder Hole and work my way down the Ocean Path trail. Among photographers, Boulder Beach is a big draw. Aside from the shoreline completely covered in water smoothed granite boulders, it is the closet beach or viewpoint of Otter Cliffs. Most years I have passed it by at sunrise because it is usually packed with photography tour groups jostling for position. This time, I decided I would join the scrum and see if I could come home with a nice image in spite of the crowd.
To my surprise, I was able to find an open spot. Before the sun came up, I shot several long exposures in the direction of the sunrise. Since the sky was mostly cloudless in the east, I looked towards Otter Cliffs. In front of me was a large rock on the water’s edge. Wet from the rising tide, it glistened and started to glow in the sunrise. By now the tide was at my feet, and a sneaker wave had soaked my shoes. A small price to pay I believe.
If you can do without the rising sun in your frame, dusk is a good time to visit. The beach is often deserted, and you can still catch colorful clouds or the earth’s umbra to add interest or wait for night skies. Spring is also a good time to photograph scenes like this without the crowds.
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