Sunset In Wonderland

I returned from my trip to Maine last weekend. I have been sorting out the nearly 2000 photos I took of this gorgeous state as well as tons of family photos. I am excited to have all these photos on my hard drive to begin working on.


This one was taken near the end of our day at Acadia National Park. We hiked a short trail that took us out to this area near the southernmost tip of Mt. Desert Island which encompasses most of Acadia National Park. This area is known as Wonderland likely due to its many wonderful tide pools that form at low tide. The reflections in the pools were all around me and the sky turned amazing while the sun peeked between two layers of clouds.


The sun sets over low tide pools at the end of the Wonderland Trail in Acadia National Park Maine


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 20mm Focal Length, .4 seconds at f/20 ISO 100

I did bracket this scene. However, this image was made from the +1 exposure RAW file only. Despite shooting into the sun, this exposure was able to capture most of the dynamic range here. I was easily able to bring back highlights and boost some of the shadows in Lightroom. Color EFX Pro was used to warm the overall scene a bit as well as provide more contrast. Sharpener Pro and Noiseware filters were applied selectively at the end of the workflow.

When dealing with moving clouds in an image, sometimes it is difficult to combine bracketed exposures in Photomatix as it can result in unwanted ghosting effects in the sky. Sometimes I will blend back in only one exposure of the sky with the Photomatix result. But in this case the single raw file held all the exposure information that I needed for this result.

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