Bucks Harbor Machiasport

Last October, Brenda choose a weekend getaway to Downeast Maine. I'm thinking Bar Harbor is Downeast Maine; turns out there is more Downeast to see. We mostly drove around, allowing me plenty of occasions to stop the car, backup (as we passed an interesting vista), hop out, and take a few pictures. A few pictures meant at least 30 minutes per stop - we didn't get very far.

There are oodles of coves in Downeast Maine to explore and photograph. This image was taken at Bucks Harbor in Machiasport, Maine. Let's just say this wasn't the 'picture-perfect' day with a crisp blue sky, puffy white clouds, and a golden sunset. Sometimes days like these provide the right set of circumstances to capture the feeling or mood of the scene. For me, this image does that. To learn how to create images like this, consider joining one of my nature photography workshops in Acadia National Park.

EXIF data: Nikon D800, 24-70mm @ 60mm, f/14, 1/13 sec, ISO 100, 10/18/14, 3:09 PM

Bucks Harbor, Machiasport, Maine

Below are my editing and post processing steps from the raw images to the final image.

The raw image:

In Lightroom: 
 - cropped the green boat from the left side
- applied a graduated filter to the sky

In Nik Color Efex Pro:
 - Added the Tonal Contrast Pro filter
 - Added the Skylight filter

Also used Nik Sharpner Pro:
 - default settings

In Photoshop, I used the content-aware cloning brush to remove all the sensor dust spots from the sky for this final image.