Fresh Snow and Milky Way Moonrise at Boulder Beach

Fresh Snow and Milky Way Moonrise at Boulder Beach

It's that time of year again! Milky Way season has arrived in the northeast and I was lucky enough to not only have clear skies on the very first night of the season but to also have fresh snow in Acadia! It snowed all day the day before this shot, and the storm didn't clear out until late at night, leaving beautiful fresh snow all over the landscape. This is the rocky shore of Boulder Beach, which is a beach of rounded small boulders, and covered in snow it looks quite different. And to top it off, the moon rose before it was too bright out. Venus also rose not long after just to the right of the moon, but it was too far into astronomical twilight by then and the Milky Way was getting washed out. The orange glow on the left half of the horizon is from the sun approaching the horizon, about 90 minutes before sunrise.

Nikon D810A and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm and f/2.8, with some cropping in post. This is a blend of 4 main images, but 13 total exposures. The sky is from 10 shots at ISO 10,000, 10 seconds each, that were stacked with Starry Landscape Stacker for Mac to create a sky shot with pinpoint stars and low noise. The foreground is from 3 shots all at f/2.8 and different focus points to get the entire scene in focus, 1 at ISO 1600 for 4 minutes, and 2 at ISO 3200 for 2 minutes. The snow and approaching sunrise made the landscape so bright that I didn't need to do my usual 8 minute foreground exposures that I would be doing in the summer in Acadia.

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Adam Woodworth is a landscape photographer, award-winning filmmaker and software engineer. He has had a love of photography for most of his life and one of his main focuses is landscape astrophotography. His earliest memory of gazing up in awe at the night sky was as a child in a canoe on a lake in Maine, fishing at night. The intensity of the star-filled sky in such a peaceful spot was a powerful experience, and now he enjoys sharing that experience through his photography.

6 Comments

    Awesomely amazing, Adam. What a view. My wife’s brother’s family lives in Maine and this is just another inspiration to visit them. This belongs 1) seen in-person in real-life and 2) blown up as large as possible and enjoyed on a wall at home! Thank you for sharing!

    Hey Adam … what an absolutely awesome image. Here “Downunder”, we have so much open space not far from any of our major cities, where the city lights don’t interfere with “blackness” that lends itself so well to the type of images you shoot.

    I am so looking forward in the not too distant future, to getting out and having a go at capturing some of the images you so readily give inspiration to. I’ll be a long way behind your skill set, but it’s the satisfaction of getting a couple half reasonable shots that will keep me smiling!

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