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Eyes of a Photographer Sunrise Edition


In this edition of  Eyes of a Photographer, I am going to talk about a photo of the sunrise that I took on my trip to Acadia National park. Before we dig into this photo, the day before my mom and I drove north to Maine,  was the last day of the big heatwave that hit the Northeast at the end of July and sent the temps close to 100.  Arcadia, which is in northern Maine, saw temps get all the way to about 85-90,  which is hot for them. l stayed at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center just outside the Arcadia National Park and just a 5min drive from downtown Bar Harbor. After heading to bed at 10:30 pm Waking up in the morning, not knowing what time it was, I decided to find out the old fashion way.  Pulling the curtains open, I saw the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean from my balcony.  I have watched the sunrise lots of times but not on vacation. When I saw the sun was rising,  I was like, “OMG OMG where’s my camera”. While still being half asleep I popped my lens on my camera I started to shoot from my balcony. Now to dig into this shot. What I love about this photo is in the background. The outskirts of the park and some color from the sunrise shining from the Atlantic Ocean-Gulf of Maine along with the water itself. Add in the boat and the sun it’s self. Another thing I love about this shot is the line of light that goes from the sun all the way to the boat.  This makes for a nice photo and a nice start to what would end up being a rainy day. As for my settings, I put the camera on SCN that lets the Camera think like a photographer and chose the proper settings to give you a nice image. The settings ended up being ISO 100 a Shutter speed of 1/500 and an Appterra setting of 5.6. What is an ISO setting?  ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lowers the number, the less sensitive your camera is to light and finer grain.The aperture is how much light is going into the camera and the shutter speed is how much action can be frozen.All in all, one could say what a lucky time to have to wake up to use the bathroom.

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