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I usually have tons of plans and to-do lists before I leave for a trip, but this time I didn’t have any of that. I might of had a few suggestions here and there from friends but otherwise, I left for Maine last week with no expectations. Well, I’m happy to say that I had a blast. It was way better than expected! LOL.

About 2 days before we left, my friend Sue and I decided to stay one less day in Acadia National Park and spend that extra time in Portland. I’m so glad we did that. It’s only 3 hours away from Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park but it gave us a better idea of what it’s really like being in Maine. From the one day that we were there, I loved how seeing lobster cages in the back of a pick up truck was no big deal and you can really tell that the people who lived there, loved it there. Everybody was so happy and friendly and I don’t think I have seen such a clean city before. You can really tell that Mainers respect their land and their water.

And on the top of every to-do list that we googled about Portland was this lighthouse, Portland Head Light. I loved how accessible it was. It’s so close to the city and it’s just a short walk from the parking lot. Which was perfect when you are running late for a sunrise! Man, was I running through that parking lot like it was no one’s business. And I may or may not have jumped a fence to capture this, but I figured it was ok since I saw other people doing it, right?

My camera settings for this image is 8.0 seconds at F/4 ISO 640 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide angle lens. I also had my neutral density filter on there to make a longer exposure to smooth out the water.

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Just booked our next photo trip! It’s to somewhere I’ve never been before but have always wanted to go and I’m really excited to be going in the fall time. Drum roll…. we’re going to… Maine! More specifically Acadia National Park! I can’t wait! The furthest north I’ve ever been on the east coast is Boston. So I’m really looking forward to checking out New England more.

One of the main(e) reasons we chose Acadia National Park was because of this article. I’m hoping that it is correct! But it’s on the internet so it must be true, right? Oh and my friend, Andy visited Acadia last year and got some great images. I’m hoping for the same. You can see his video here. Blueberry pancakes here we comeeeee. Actually, I’m more excited about Lobster Rolls. Lobster Rolls here we comeeeee. I told my cousin, Brian that I was visiting Maine and he said that the McDonalds there has something called a McLobster. I dunno about that… getting seafood from a fast food restaurant seems kinda shady to me. I dunno we’ll have to see. I’m definietly down for the real thing though! So if you’ve been or you’re from that area, let me know. Good photo spots AND good food spots.

Even though we’ll be in Maine in the beginning of October, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be shooting when I’m home. Shenandoah National Park is my absolute favorite in the fall time and I’m really looking forward to more foggy mornings in the mountains like this image or this one… ok this is the last one.

The settings for this image is f/22 at 25 seconds ISO 100. I shot it early morning on the bottom of DC’s memorial bridge during rush hour traffic. I’m surprised I even got trail lines because it seemed like the cars were moving so slow. Hence the 25 second exposure!