Bass Harbor Head Light

This was the grand finale of our day in Acadia National Park in Maine. Another lighthouse of which I have seen countless photos was on my list to shoot at Acadia. We arrived just as the sun was setting after a full day in the park. I took as many shots as I could fit in from a couple of different angles. All the while I was donating about a pint of blood to the local mosquito population. I would literally press the shutter to take the bracketed shots and then step back and do a mosquito swatting dance to keep them from devouring me. Glad I was able to add this lighthouse in this beautiful spot to my ever growing collection of lighthouses.


Bass Harbor Head Light is a lighthouse located within Acadia National Park on the southeast corner of Mount Desert Island, Maine, marking the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay.



Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 6 bracketed exposures at 14mm, f/20, ISO 100

My longest exposure was 30 seconds. (That’s a lot of mosquito swattin’) That ensured a nice milky effect on the water as there were not any dramatic waves happening on the scene. The exposures were combined in Photomatix and that result was used mostly for the rocks and much of the water. The sky was a combination of the 0 & +1 exposures. Then this photo got the works. NIK Color EFX Pro was used for color correction and contrast. I also brought this into OnOne’s Perfect Effects to make some subtle adjustments to the rocks and the water. NIK Sharpener and Imagenomic Noiseware Pro were used to at the tail end and Lightroom helped me desaturate the blue on the shadows of the house and bring the exposure up on that a little to make it pop.