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Acadia National Park – The Ocean Path Trail

Acadia National Park – The Ocean Path Trail

Amazing Scenery

What a place to visit with its amazing beauty and diversity.  I had been dreaming for a while to visit this National Park in Maine and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I took a few weeks to prepare my visit and the website, www.acadiamagic.com was a great help offering a  virtual visit of the key locations such as the Ocean Path Trail of this amazing National Park.

It gave me a chance to find the place that I wanted to visit and shoot. This site describes  valuable information of the key areas to visit and GPS coordinates of these locations. You can also find other GPS coordinates of the park on this page and then program them in your own GPS. You will save time if you spend a bit of time planning and preparation your visit.

Here are a couple of shots that I made at sunrise when most people are still sleeping. These shots were taken near the Ocean Path near the Sand Beach Parking area (GPS: Latitude 44.330198; Longitude -68.183998)  I would scout one scene during the daytime and shoot it the next morning. All I hoped was that nature would cooperate and offer perfect conditions for shooting great images the next morning.

In preparing my trip I loaded a few software on my iPhone that I found extremely useful. You will find the links of these apps at the bottom of the post The Photographer’s Ephemeris® (TPE)  is a tool to help you plan outdoor photography in natural light, especially landscape and urban scenes. It is a map-centric sun and moon calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth. Tide Graph Pro universal app provides over 6000 US tide and water current predictions without the need for an internet connection. Optimum CS-Pro the unique tool for photographers and cinematographers seeking maximum image sharpness. If your camera is not equip with GPS like my 5D Markl II, you can also download GeoLocation Pro this app will obtain your coordinates (latitude, longitude and altitude).

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The Ocean Path Trail

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The Ocean Path Trail

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The Ocean Path Trail

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The Ocean Path Trail

The trail is easy and follows beautiful cliffs. If you have the intention of getting down and closer to the shore make sure you that you wear good hiking footwear as the terrain is dangerous, difficult and extremely slippery.

Great apps for Acadia National Park Photograher’s on the Ocean Path Trail

Here are the apps links that I recommended in this post

The Photographer’s Ephemeris® (TPE) by Crookneck Consulting LLC

Tide Graph Pro by Brainware

Optimum CS-Pro by George Douvos

GeoLocation Pro by Internetik LLC

 

This is a quote that explains very well why I like to get to a location before sunrise and appreciate what is in front of my eyes. There is nothing like the light at sunrise

” I’m a very early riser, and I don’t like to miss that beautiful early morning light.”

David Hockney

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Great Places To Visit – Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon National Conversation Area

If you have a chance to be in Las Vegas you must visit The Red Rock Canyon. It is situated at about 20 miles for the Strip and it is fairly easy to get to. You can get information when you arrive at the visitor center or if you prefer take a peek at their website – http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/

 

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive

It’s not callled the scenic drive for nothing, if you limited in time you can still take the 13 miles Scenic Drive and enjoy the spectacular view of the Red Rock Canyon. You will have a chance to stop and see some fantastic view points like the Callico area, High Point Overlook, Ice Box Canyon, Pine Creek Canyon just to name a few.

 

Callico Hills - Red Rock Canyon

Callico Hills – Red Rock Canyon

Hiking Trails at Red Rock Canyon

There is plenty of trails available with a level of difficulty that vary from easy to strenuous. This will give you chance to see more that the scenic drive and get closer to spectacular sandstone escarpment and the beautiful Joshua trees, plants and animals living in the park. If you like rock climbing this is the place to be. I saw may  climbing during my short visit

 

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

 

Wildlife At Red Rock Canyon

The park is home to many birds, reptiles and mammals. If you are a bird lover you can see Red-Tailed Hawk, Say’S phobe, Greater roadrunner, Western scrub-jay, Phainopepla, Cactus wren, Common Raven just to name  few. Rattlesnake, coyote and jackrabbit are also common but are rarely seen during daytime

 

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

I did enjoy my short visit of a few hours to Red Rock Canyon and I will go back. Let’s say that I have considered this trip more like a scouting trip. Next time I will spend 2-3 days and will try to capture more pictures of this spectacular area. If you get this chance to vist this place do not hesitate it’s worth the trip.
Michel Nadeau

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Discover Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Its a Photographer’s HDR Heaven

 

If you are visiting Montreal and you are a lover of church art, the Montreal Basilica of old Montreal is a must. It is a Photographer’s  HDR heaven and it is renowned for the richness of its interior architecture, religious artifacts, and colorful decorations. The  small chapel  in the back called Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur is worth the visit.

Here is a picture of the ceiling of the Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur Chapel that I shot in HDR. You need to go early during the day and try to avoid the busiest time of the year when the tourist season is at its peak.

Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur Chapel

Ceiling of the Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur Chapel

Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cour Chapel

Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cour Chapel

They accept the use of tripods and the only condition is that you must signed a release form that indicates that you will not use the images for business purpose.

You can get more information by contacting Murielle Desrochers

For reservations or further information, please call  at 514-842-2925 or toll free at 1 866 842-2925.
or by email to : mdesrochers@basiliquenddm.org

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Admission fees

Age 18 and over: $5
Ages 7 to 17: $4
Age 6 and under: Free

 
Michel Nadeau
 

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