If you haven’t been to Acadia National Park then you likely never thought about Bass Harbor Lighthouse before. But if you ever plan on going on to Acadia then prepare for an interesting experience.
The lighthouse parking lot is extremely tiny for the amount of tourists they have visiting non-stop every day.
Our group (in two cars) arrived at the lighthouse about an hour and a half before sunset. We made our way through the narrow path in towards the cliffs along the water.
When we made it to the rocks, we realized we would not be alone. In fact, we would be far from it. There were well over 50 photographers, most with tripods, all lined up ready for the sun to fall below the horizon.
Most of our group decided to get in line, but some went into different directions.
- I decided to get in front of everyone, on a lower rock, so I wouldn’t be in anyone’s way. I wound up using my 20mm wide-angle lens so I would still have a big view of the scene. I wanted to do a long exposure, catching the lighthouse, sky, water and rocks all in the frame. The 20mm was the perfect choice.
- Chris decided to climb the rocks to get under the lighthouse. He then turned and photographed all of us standing there way behind.
- Justin decided to walk behind the lighthouse and through some of the woods to get the trees and surrounding areas.
- I believe Armando also went in a different direction, but I can’t say for sure.
Once the sun went down we left and got some dinner and drinks. It was a great sunset, even with the clueless people getting in everyone’s way (and not caring).
But be warned… if you go to Bass Harbor Lighthouse, you won’t be alone.