Perhaps spring really is on its way? Its been raining here in Maine for the past day and a half. The snow in my back yard is now only knee deep! What a nice change. I may feel differently as "mud season" approaches...
I've been plugging away in indoor work much of the winter but have gotten out photographing a bit. Last week, I took a ride to Acadia National Park and Mt Desert Island early, early on some very chilly mornings, in search of some nice lighting and sea smoke.
WELL! The first morning I was out the door before 5am, but that wasn't quite early enough. By the time I got to Ocean Drive, the sun was peeking over the horizon already. Of course, it didn't help that the roads were very messy from the snow the night before and the folks ahead of me on the roads didn't seem to care that I was racing against the sunrise! It was 5 degrees when I captured this image that morning.
It didn't feel too cold and would have been nice to just sit, take in the view & sip on a hot cup o'coffee. Unfortunately, my coffee was long gone and would have been pretty darn cold at that point anyway! Still, couldn't think of a more beautiful spot to start a morning of "work"!
The next morning I was up & out even earlier. Out the door before 4:30 AM! You'll notice the difference in lighting on these two images. The image below, I had to wait for things to brighten up, since I was there way before sunrise. I did make some images prior to sunrise, but they were so flat compared to the natural light and glow on the red rocks!
The second morning, the temperature was 9 BELOW zero! I was pleasantly surprised that once I was out there & busy photographing, I hardly noticed the cold. I was disappointed that even though the temperature & lack of wind seemed ideal for sea smoke, there really wasn't any. Perhaps next time, conditions will cooperate a bit more. Looking at these results and the beautiful location, the first light of the morning and the sounds of gulls & crashing waves, I wouldn't dare complain!
So, here's the question. Which image do you like better and WHY? I find there are attributes to each image that I like and I do like one slightly more than the other. But before I influence your decision, I'd love some feedback.