Having lived all of my life on the coast of Maine I am very used to seeing images of lighthouses and lobster boats, and because of this, it has been somewhat difficult for me to find inspiration in coastal scenes. I have preferred to photograph wildlife and landscapes not usually associated with the sea. Knowing that I live in a very beautiful part of the world, I decided that I would try a bit harder to capture a coastal image that is a little different than those that are often made.
Anemone Cave is located in Acadia National Park and is about a 2-hour drive from my home. Because the tide has to be low in order to enter the cave, I needed to have a sunrise and a low tide at the same time along with a cloudless horizon looking east. I watched the tides and the weather forecasts, and this past April when it looked as though the conditions would be right, I set my alarm for 2:30 AM and headed for the cave. As I made the drive, I watched clouds come and go covering the stars, but by the time I reached my destination, the sky was mostly clear and I was able to get the shot that I had pictured in my mind.
Camera settings: 1/60 sec shutter speed, f/14 aperture, 640 ISO
Equipment used: Nikon D810, Nikkor 200mm f/18. lens, Gitzo tripod, Acratech ballhead