At my own expense, I offer all of this to you: a humble tribute to Mother Gaia. It is my hope that you will spread my art and message to others, uplifting and inspiring their souls.

May my works guide photographers  illuminating their path toward creating stunning and impactful images that show the raw beauty and essence of life in all its transcendent glory. —Pamela Goodyer



We like the Milky Way season the best. In the summer months or early fall up until October, you can combine all these great spots with the Milky Way. Photographing the Milky Way is an incredible experience, and we highly recommend it.


That depends on how long you’d like to stop at each spot, how deeply you want to explore, and how intensely you photograph. We like. We want to photograph every little nook and cranny and explore in great detail. So, we plan on spending more time at each stop than the average tourist, that’s for sure. Look at the photographs and decide how long you want to stay at each location.


The most important gear is your wide-angle DSLR and your tripod. There are many moving waters along this route, and you can use your tripod to set up your camera and get the milky water effects. You also want to be sure to have everything ready to do your Milky Way photography. A zoom lens is essential. There are whales, eagles, and different types of birds, so a zoom lens is a must.


If you’re in bug season, you should bring bug spray, a good set of hiking boots, and some cold-weather gear. The temperature drops at night and can get quite cold.


We did not find it busy during our trip to this area. There were not a lot of humans around; it was just how we liked it. It was easy to find places to stay. But we went midweek. We always suggest going midweek when photographing tourist locations—and, of course, off-season, not during the summer rush.


  1. Acadia National Park

  2. Quoddy Lighthouse

  3. Campobello Island

  4. Mullholand Point Lighthouse

  5. East Cody Head Lighthouse

  6. Roosevelt House

  7. St. Martin

  8. Fundy Trail

  9. How to Shoot the Milky Way

g Maine to Canada, Campobello Island a big fish is jumping over the rock, and it might be a tuna.

We never did figure out what type of fish or whale photobombed us. Please email us if you know.


The first incredible photography location you must see is Acadia National Park. Plan on a good full three days to photograph this fantastic location. Plenty is still happening here if your family is with you and they are not photography buffs.

Acadia National Park is our second pick for a photography location on the continent. For more details, visit our Acadia National Park Photography Hot Spot Locations. Acadia – Jordon Pond – Acadia Thunder Hole – Acadia Bass Harbor LighthouseMaine Photography Hot Spots

Fees & Reservations:  All entrance fees are valid for seven days. Everyone visiting Acadia National Park needs to pay entry fees, except visitors who are 15 years or younger; they can enter the park free of charge—fees for the park.

Don’t be fooled by the Acadia N.P. General information page. It has a moose on a web page. You shouldn’t plan on seeing any moose here. You have to go north for that.

The pass is only valid for entrance fees at Acadia National Park—$ 35.00 per vehicle.

All visitors at Acadia National Park must have and display a park entrance pass from their vehicle.

Fees are waived at Acadia National Park on the following days:

  • Jan 15, 2024: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Apr 20, 2024: First day of National Park Week
  • Jun 19, 2024: Juneteenth
  • Aug 4, 2024: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Sep 28, 2024: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov 11, 2024: Veterans Day

Less than 2.5 hours away is Campobello Island. You are sure to find eagles here!

g Arcadia National Park to Campobello Island map.


Bangor International Airport is 48 miles from Acadia National Park. You can rent a car and head out on your journey. You can also fly into Hancock County, Bar Harbor, Maine, but you will pay more. Plan on spending a few days in Acadia National Park to cover all the photography. We covered every last spot in four days. But we are obsessive photographers staying in one place for hours. Be sure to do all of the islands. Route 102 goes around the west side of the aisle in a loop, and there are many spots along the way to photograph. This is the spot the sun hits first in the USA in the morning. You have to be somewhere on the east side of the park on the water for an incredible experience and photography. We sometimes use HDR for sunrises and sunsets.

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After Acadia National Park, head northeast to set sail on a puffin tour near Machias Seal Island. This is a great stop on your travel photography adventure!

Extra Eyes Photo Tours does a Photography Puffin Tour in Maine.

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Machias Seal Island is an island in the Gulf of Maine, about (9.9 mi) southeast of Cutler, Maine. This area is a popular place to go on Puffin tours. The season starts in May and runs through mid-August. There is also a great lighthouse to photograph, which was constructed there in 1832.


Maine has almost 230 miles of coastline (and 3,500 miles of tidal coastline). West Quoddy Head is the easternmost piece of land in the lower 48. Along the famous rock-bound coast of Maine are lighthouses, beaches, fishing villages, and thousands of offshore islands, including the Isles of Shoals, which straddle the New Hampshire border. There are jagged rocks and cliffs and many bays and inlets. Inland are lakes, rivers, forests, and mountains.


Lubec, Maine, is the easternmost town in the USA and home to The Quoddy Lighthouse – a must-see attraction. But that’s not all; take a quick trip over The Roosevelt International Bridge, and you’ll find yourself in Canada on Campobello Island. Here, you can explore two lighthouses and spot majestic eagles and whales. For the best experience, stay at Pollock Cove Cottages, run by a friendly family who will ensure you have the perfect sunrise photography spot. And don’t be surprised if you see nine eagles flying by in the morning!


For a unique overnight stay, check out Herring Cove Provincial Park, where rustic cabins on the water come at an unbeatable price. Make sure to spend a day here to catch sunrise and sunset photos. And no visit to Lubec would be complete without stopping at Roosevelt Provincial Park, bursting with beautiful flower colors. Take a ferry ride to Deer Island and then another boat to the mainland, where you can continue your journey to St. Martin and Fundy Trail – more adventures await!

Campobello Island – You can photograph lighthouses, eagles, whales and more.

g Campobello-Island-Canada Light House The lighthouse in the fog.


All of the boat docks and rugged coastal points are worth seeing. The colors seemed dynamic everywhere we explored on this particular sunny day.


Be sure to bring your zoom lens to all these areas on Campobello Island.  There were several eagles and many seals to photograph along the bay at the foot of the lighthouse. Roosevelt’s House is excellent for macro photography. As the pictures show, there are many flowers to photograph. The red building is not only educational on the inside but also a dynamic photography subject with its bright red outside. A general rule of thumb in photography is to shoot anything red. (East Cody Head Lighthouse Image above)


(Image above)Mulholland Point Lighthouse was built in 1885. Although the lighthouse is not open to the public, you can walk around it. There is a marine Life exhibit in an old fishing shed, many harbor seals, and some great colors for dynamic photography.

Location: On the west side of Campobello Island, about 1/4 mile north of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Bridge near Welshpool, NB



This is a charming little town along the Bay of Fundy coastline.

Your next travel photography journey spot. While passing through this little town, you can explore the sea caves and photograph a covered bridge and a small lighthouse on land. They have some cute little inexpensive cabins with TVs, beds, and heat to stay in if you are on a budget. There are two campgrounds on the beach, which is also an excellent location for sunrise photography.

After that, it’s time to head up to Fundy Trail.

Boat hop a few islands after seeing Campobello and head up to Fundy Trail and Fundy National Park

40 National Park Fundy Trail in St George map along the coast of Canada.

Toward the end of Fundy Trail to the right of the suspension bridge along the Bay of Fundy.



The Fundy Trail is a 12-kilometer scenic route along the coastline of New Brunswick. The trail offers stunning views of the Bay of Fundy and a chance to see some of the local wildlife.

When you reach the bridge area on Fundy Trail, head over to the coast to see the incredible view. (see the rocks on the beach image)  There are a lot of colors and angles to photos along a very short walk. Be careful. There are lots of rocks and limbs.


The Fundy Trail is a beautiful place to take photographs. The scenery is stunning, and the wildlife is fantastic. There are a few things to remember when taking photos in the area.

First, the light can be very harsh, so using a filter or shooting in the early morning or late evening is essential for silky water shots. And do not forget your ten-stop Neutral density filter.

Second, there are a lot of bugs, so it is necessary to wear organic bug spray. Third, the trail can be very muddy, so it is essential to wear appropriate footwear. Lastly, have fun and enjoy the experience.


There are many beautiful spots inside Fundy Trail to photograph. Here are a few of our favorites:


These cliffs offer stunning views of the Bay of Fundy and its dramatic tides. Be sure to bring your tripod to capture the best shots.


The beaches here are perfect for photography, whether you want to photograph the crashing waves or the tranquil tide pools. Just be careful not to get too close to the edge.


The dense forest uniquely contrasts the ocean views. Look for exciting fungi, mosses, and lichens.


Wildlife is abundant on Fundy Trail, including deer, bald eagles, and ospreys. Keep your camera ready so you don’t miss a shot.



The best time to visit Fundy Trail is during the summer when the weather is warm, and the trails are open. However, fall and spring are also great places to see as the temperatures are cooler and the leaves change.


If you’re looking for a scenic drive in New Brunswick, Canada, look no further than the Fundy Trail. This beautiful coastal route takes you through some of the province’s most stunning scenery, including the Bay of Fundy. Here’s how to get there:

Take Route 1 from Moncton to Alma. This will take you through some of New Brunswick’s picturesque farmland. At Alma, take a right onto Route 114 and follow it until it dead-ends at the Fundy Trail Parkway.

Follow the Fundy Trail Parkway until it ends at the Bay of Fundy. This is where you’ll find some of the most incredible views in New Brunswick. Be sure to stop at one of the many lookout points along the way to snap some photos!


Light pollution map:

Light pollution map


You will need a camera to manually control your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.


A fast, wide-angle lens of 1.4 – 2.8 is ideal. If you use a 3.5 or higher (slower lens), you must increase the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more grain or digital noise or grain will appear in your photos.


A good, sturdy tripod is essential for night photography. If it gets windy, you will need a sturdy one. Remember that when you buy one, it should be sturdy enough to withstand the wind but small enough to fit in your suitcase.

Sky Map:

Sky Guide is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99. It has a 5 out of 5-star rating on both the current (3.2) version (1200+ ratings) and all previous versions (8600+ ratings).


Our choice is Coast brand for flashlights. The ideal flashlight will have high lumens, and you can zoom in and out on the light emitting from the flashlight. Get the HP7, PX45, or the G50. Ideally, go with the  HP7.

Moon Phaze Map:

The best time to go is during a new moon; you want to be in the darkest area possible. The week before the new moon, when the moon has not risen, is a perfect time to go, so be sure to check the moonrise chart to see when the moon will be up.

Remote Shutter Release:

When painting with light and over a 30-second exposure, you must have a shutter release to use your bulb mode. When exposing your pictures in general, you can use the remote release or use your camera’s built-in two-second timer.



Start with ISO 1600 – 3200.  This is just a common starting point, and you will adjust from here.

Shutter Speed – Remember, the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails that will not make for a crisp image. We want crisp, non-star trail images. Here is the formula to avoid star trails—the 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera, first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full-frame focal length, then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.


Depth of field isn’t critical on these shots, but letting the light into the camera is; therefore, you should shoot wide open if. If the depth of field is essential to you, try not to go too high. (wide open =the lowest aperture your camera will allow). You will have to increase the ISO some, giving you digital noise.

Shutter Speed:

Now that the ISO and aperture are set in manual mode, roll your shutter speed until your meter reads (0) zero. Take a test shot and adjust from there. Remember, the earth is rotating. If you leave the shutter open for too long, you will see star trails that will not make for a crisp image. You can make star trails specifically, but that’s not what we are going for here since we started with Milky Way photography. We want crisp, non-star trail images when doing this.

Here is the formula to avoid star trails—the 500 rule – Divide 500 by the focal length of your lens. So, if you have a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera, you will set your shutter speed to 20 sec. (500/24 = 20.83). If you are using a crop sensor camera, first do the math of the crop sensor to find the focal length. Cannon is 1.6, Nikon is 1.5. Convert to full-frame focal length, then use the formula. Nikon 18mm x 1.5= 27mm – 500/27 = 18.51 seconds.

White Balance :

In live view mode, you can change your white balance settings and see what it will look like. You can shoot in shade or cloud mode as a standard setting and adjust things later when editing.

Live View:

To focus in the dark, use your camera’s live view, hit the zoom button, and focus on a bright star. You can also use the infinity setting on your lens but do several test shots to determine accuracy. It can be off a little on some lenses. You can also light it up with a flashlight, focus, then gently, without touching the focus ring, put the camera in manual focus so it will not search for the focus. You must do this each time you move your camera to take your next angel.

When to view the Milky Way:

The best images are usually of the dense part of the Milky Way. We can see this part of the milk way in the southern sky. During March, April, and May, the Milky Way rises above the horizon in the pre-dawn hours. In June, at about 10:00 p.m., you will see the Milky Way.  From July until October, you can see the Milky Way as soon as it sunsets, and it becomes dark enough to see about an hour after sunset. In November, the Milky Way no longer comes above the horizon. You will have to wait until March if you want to stay away really late or get up early to see her again.

See our Milky Way Hot Spot Locator and our Night Photography Information. 

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