One of my goals during my most resent trip to Acadia National Park was to do a little night sky imagery. There were a few nights that were very clear and need I say it, very dark! Dark though not in a Voldemort kind of way, but a good way.  Still, I needed a flashlight to see the camera controls and where I was walking. Composing and focusing an image is a challenge as well, I sometimes make an image just to test what I’ve done.

For me, night skies need to be part of the landscape, not the totally of the image. This image was made around Otter Point, an important and well-known landmark within the National Park. The Milky Way was very evident as were stars. An occasional meteor shot by but not in this image. The sky reflects a bit in the water and I use the surrounding landscape to add a silhouette form.

Long exposures and long write-times to the Compact Flash card make this kind of work slow, but then that just allows me to enjoy the universe a bit more (my neck still hurts a bit). I used a Nikon D800 camera with a Nikon 16-35mm f4.0 lens wide open at 16mm.

(c) 2013 Paul Grecian - All Rights Reserved
(c) 2013 Paul Grecian – All Rights Reserved



4 thoughts on “Milky Way in Acadia

  1. The best I’ve ever seen the Milky Way was also in Acadia (well, a campground nearby .) Almost worth the trip there just to see such full darkness.

    Just for curiosity, about what shutter speed/ISO? I don’t see any star trails,& there’s certainly plenty of exposure in this shot. (Or do you use the “fancy” equipment to keep the camera aligned?)

  2. Very nice photos. I did similar work in Yosemite a few years ago, and after a little while in the dark I realized that I wouldn’t be able to see a bear until it was right on me. So I cut the shoot a bit short. Not sure if the same threat exists in Acadia – I think the big creatures there are the moose.

    A 30 second exposure did seem to be the sweet spot before star trails started to appear.

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