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Approaching Dawn in Acadia-2 by Judy Murphy

February 2021 - Approaching Dawn in Acadia-2

February 2021 - Judy Murphy


About the Image(s)

This month’s image was shot in Acadia National Park at at 4:15 am; an hour before nautical twilight because when the hotel alarm sounds off at 3 am you get up and go shoot. I will now always try to remember to check hotel alarms upon retiring!

Taken with Sony a7rii with 16-35 at 16mm for 30 seconds f/22 ISO 6400. Coulda/shoulda tried some light-painting of foreground interest, but was still asleep. Processed in Lightroom.


5 comments posted

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Judy,

I like the composition with the road leading into the image. This really gives the impression that the world in transitioning from night to day. The stars are pinpoint. I am surprised you shot this at f/22 but it worked! You definitely made the best of a rough situation (3am alarm).
Todd   Posted: 02/18/2021 22:53:40

Judy Murphy   Judy Murphy
Thanks Todd! No explanations for f/22...   Posted: 02/19/2021 11:54:44

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
Very nicely captured sky with remarkable crispness! Conifer silhouettes against the brightening horizon convey a sense of being far from the city lights and a road to "nowhere". I would say that your 3am trip was quite worthwhile!   Posted: 02/23/2021 07:49:13

Kathryn Engle
Beautiful shot! If I was awoken at 3:00 a.m. I would probably be complaining instead of thinking it was a good time to take photos. I agree a bit of lighting just to bring out the road very slightly may work, but then it would have to have been preplanned.   Posted: 02/23/2021 10:32:05

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
To me, the impact of this image is the stars. You successfully draw your viewers attention by placing bright stars on dark sky. However, as a viewer my eyes demand some more to see. I faced the same situations when editing my Aurora images.

My next target to please my viewer eyes was the tree silhouettes. I know it is impossible to get sharp tree silhouettes at this long exposure. I was looking for ways on how to create edges on my blurry tree silhouettes. I found the easiest and most effective way is as explained in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=3qtG8DGMBH4 . I did not make it all sharp just partially to make it look natural.

Awesome shot and I love to hear story of your effort to make this image.

  Posted: 02/24/2021 20:47:32


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