Acadia National Park - Genevieve Arseneau

Ah Acadia National Park, how quickly I fell in love with you! This July was my first of 3 visits here. It doesn't matter what you're looking for, wooded trails, coastal trails, lakes, wildlife, it's all here. My reason for visiting the park was to shoot the Milky Way. The forecast was originally perfect for this task, but unfortunately, when clouds roll in, the task becomes impossible! So you make the best of it, by this I mean hike in the rain, turn my two white dogs into muddy versions of themselves (they loved it!), and take pictures of the clouds!

Clouds, clouds, everywhere the clouds!

These photos were shot in the early evening, the clouds helped with the light, but I still needed a 10-stop lee big stopper to pull off these 30 second & 13 second exposures. The time of day & the big stopper are responsible for the blue cast on the images, which I like!

Black & White on a gloomy day

Off to the side

No matter where I go with my camera, my favorite shots are always the ones I find off the path. I saw an opening in the woods and decided to explore. I found this rock formation and was completely alone with my thoughts, and the peaceful silence of nature. The other viewpoints were a little crowded by park visitors, considering there are over 2,5 million of them yearly, it's hard to imagine not being surrounded by people! But since the thousands of visitors a day share over 47,000 acres of park land, these little spots are more common than you'd think! On my second visit to the park, I returned to my "secret" spot, and found it wasn't so secret after all! The rules of nature are simple: Leave No Trace!

The Starcapes

My whole reason for visiting the park in the first place was the dark skies and the foreground. Images of the Milky Way are always breathtaking, but when you get to include the amazing views available at Acadia National Park, it's a bonus! Following are the first 3 of hopefully many Acadia/Milky Way images I will have the pleasure to create. Enjoy!

The Milky Way

Star Trails

This image consists of 126 photos stacked. If you look closely in the opening of the rock, you will see a tiny meteor! This was shot a few days before the peak of the Perseids, so lots of meteors were visible. The other lines are planes, some a few thousand feet above, others 35,000 feet above! It is also possible that some of those lines are satellites, but it's almost impossible to tell from the image!

For more information on Acadia National Park, visit: 

Acadia National Park's Website