Acadia National Park Photography Workshop

Workshop location; The sun is setting and the sky is filled with orange clouds in this panorama from the coast near Acadia National Park. In the foreground are many large, granite rocks surrounded by water reflecting the orange clouds. Looking across the water, in the middle ground, one sees many small, treed islands and they continue to be visible, but get smaller in the background.

OCTOBER 8th - 12th, 2024

Space Available
$1690 USD
Instructor: Andy Cook


Autumn peaks in Acadia National Park with a bounty of color. As photographers we're drawn to this color, but in Acadia we find so much more.

FOCUS: Photograph rocky coastal scenes, lakes, streams, quaint buildings, harbors, carriage roads and bridges.

Workshop location; Autumn photograph of the waterfall at Waterfall Bridge on one of the carriage roads in Acadia National Park, Maine. The vertical images shows the water originating in the middle right side and moving down to toward the bottom left. As it flows down, the water moves into various channels and cascades filling most of the bottom half of the image. In the upper half is a forest of evergreens mixed with red and yellow leafed hardwoods.
Acadia National Park Waterfall
Photography location; A blue painted, shake sided, house wall is shown. Covering the wall is an assortment of colorful lobster buoys who have swung on the wall, in the wind, and rubbed away much of the blue paint down to bare wood.
Lobster Buoys


The workshop starts on Monday, Oct. 7, 2024 at 6:30 pm with introductions and a discussion. We begin photographing in the morning on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2024.

LODGING LOCATION: Cromwell Harbor Motel , 359 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Reservations only 800-544-3201, info 207-288-3201.
Check-in Monday, Oct. 7, 2024; Check-out Saturday, Oct. 12, 2024.

Workshop ends after photographing on Saturday morning, Oct. 12, 2024.

Workshop location; Autumn photo of sunset from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, ME. The bottom half of this image shows mostly pink and black granite with green and blue lichen covering much of it. The granite has various shelves and large linear cracks. Interspersed in the granite are various red, yellow and green bushes. Above, in the background, are layers of mountains. The sun is radiating a red starburst as it sets in the summit of a mountain on the left side of the frame.
Cadillac Mountain Sunset


MORNING: We'll be at a photography location in advance of morning light and we'll stay at that location through sunrise. Sometimes we relocate to another photo location before going to breakfast.

MIDDAY: A lot of time is spent in the field on this workshop. We will have some midday time to aid with post processing, but it is not emphasized on this workshop.

EVENING: We will be at a photography location each evening for several hours. We have dinner in a restaurant scheduled for most days after shooting sunset.

Photography location; Long lens, vertical photo of smooth boulders on a beach in Acadia National Park, Maine. The boulders are getting washed by waves and a long exposure time has caused the waves to record as an ethereal looking fog surrounding the wet, shiny boulders.
Beach Boulders


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Workshop location; Photo of an elevated, wooden, walking path in the forest of the Sieur de Monts area of Acadia National Park. The deciduous forest here is displaying peak autumn color and many leaves have fallen, decorating the serpentine path.
Autumn in Acadia National Park


participant experience level

EXPERIENCE: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

workshop group size

GROUP SIZE: Target number of participants is 8.

workshop effort scale


workshop weather conditions

CONDITIONS: Mornings may be very chilly.

Workshop location; Vertical photo of the Cobblestone Bridge in Acadia National Park, Maine. The stream that flows under the arching bridge, covered in cobblestones, enters the bottom left of the frame flowing away from the camera and under the bridge. Framed by the bridge’s arch one sees a forest and the stream twisting out of sight.
Cobblestone Bridge


suggested workshop airports

AIR TRAVEL: Likely airport choices are Bangor, ME, Portland, ME, Manchester, NH and Boston, MA.

Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Bangor, ME is 1 hr 30 min.
Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Portland, ME is 3 hrs 45 min.
Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Manchester, NH is 5 hrs.
Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Boston, MA is 4 hrs 35 min.

car information

DRIVING CONDITIONS: Paved roads. A standard rental car should be sufficient. We prefer participants car pool with each other to limit our impact and get to know one another.

Workshop location; Balanced Rock in Arches National Park sits high in the starry night sky. The Milky Way fills the area behind and around Balanced Rock and diagonals toward the upper, left corner of the image.
Eagle Lake Sunset


equipment information


FOR ACADIA NP: Lens range from at least 18mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor, polarizing filter and a 6 stop or higher neutral density filter.

OTHER: Hiking boots. Rain is a possibility, bring an umbrella and rain proof cloths.

NOTE: Photographing Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is not part of workshop, if desired, participants should photograph here before or after the workshop.

Workshop location; A blue painted, shake sided, house wall is shown. Covering the wall is an assortment of colorful lobster buoys who have swung on the wall, in the wind, and rubbed away much of the blue paint down to bare wood.
Lobster Buoys