Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

Cadillac Mountain is one of the most frequented attractions in Acadia National Park. Because of its elevation and northeastern location, Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the United States to see the dawn of day. 


"Cadillac Mountain at Dawn"


The motivated individuals who rise early enough to see this spectacle will witness the break of dawn over the Porcupine Islands in the distance and then the earliest sunrise in the U.S. as the first rays of the sun hit the lichen on the slopes of Cadillac Mountain, imparting that beautiful golden glow to the exceptional shades of green.


"Cadillac Mountain Morning Glory"


Sunsets from Cadillac Mountain are no less stunning, and are best photographed from Blue Hill Overlook. The sun slowly sets over Eagle Lake and the hills in the distance, making for a glorious sight to witness.


"Cadillac Mountain Sunset"


"Blue Hill Overlook"


Acadia National Park, Maine

"Into the Distance"


Getting there: Take the Cadillac Mountain Entrance so that you do not have to drive the length of the entire Park Loop Road to get to the summit. After taking the turn off the road, the summit will be a short 10 minute drive away. If you plan to hike there are two options – a moderate 4.4 mile (7 km) hike along the North Ridge Trail (open ascent with great Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay views; to access, park at the North Ridge Cadillac Mountain parking area) or a strenuous hike along the South Ridge Trail (a 7.4 mile (11.8 km) hike beginning in a forest and leading to a gentle granite ascent; the trail begins 100 feet south of Blackwoods Campground entrance).

Technique: Bring your wide angle lens, a tripod and a graduated neutral density filter (preferably a 3 stop). Try to incorporate some interesting foreground elements, such as the rocks and the lichen so characteristic of Cadillac Mountain. Once the sun rises and the flares become too strong, use your zoom lens to isolate some trees set aglow by the rising sun.


All images are ©2011 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

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