Little Hunter’s Beach Acadia National Park
Little Hunter’s Beach – Acadia National Park
Photography Hot Spot
Acadia National Park is a National Park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands off the Atlantic coast. Created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River, it was renamed Acadia in 1929.
Acadia National Park is one of the most photographed parks in the United States. This image alone should portray why that is so. Extra Eyes Photo Tours will take you to all of the hidden locations. It’s a great tour. See the details here www.extraeyesphototours.com.
Little Hunter’s Beach Photography Hot Spot. Little Hunter’s Beach is one of my top ten places on earth to go to for photography, among other things. If there is a location where you can get close to the Universe and Nature, this is undoubtedly it. Don’t plan on zooming through here in the excitement of photographing the rest of the park. Please take a minute to ground yourself on the earth and connect with nature and its awe-inspiring elements at this beach. Did you ever hear millions of rocks washing up on the shore in waves? This is a sound you may never hear again in your lifetime. If you meditate, plan on doing that during your photography break here.
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This spot is located on the southeast side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park at Hunters Head. You can find this area of the park on Park Loop Road. It’s hard to find because it is hidden from sight. Extra Eyes Photo Tours will take you here on their tour. A trail faces the water on the left side of the cliff area. You can go up there and shoot down, as seen in the image above. Be careful; pay attention to your footing and how close you get to the edge. It’s not the most magnificent view to get shots, but being up there is a fantastic experience.
If you want to leave here and head to another northern location, read about our journey from Acadia National Park, Maine, to Fundy Trail, Canada—an incredible journey. >Read more here.
Buy a Neutral Density Filter to get the milky water effects while doing long exposure photography. A filter will allow you to slow your shutter speed.
Lens: This is a wide-angle lens location.
Gear: Bring your tripod and your circular polarizing filters. The circular polarizing filter will make your puffy white clouds burst and deepen the blue around them. It will also remove the glare from the water and replace it with reflection. Bring your tripod in case there is not a lot of light to work with to get your depth of field when desired. Don’t forget your neutral density filter to do long exposure shots of the moving water.
Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.
When to go: This is dark sky territory. Don’t go unless it is a new moon, or you might regret all the milky way shots you will miss. Any time of year is good except when they close the roads due to snow. This is a tourist hot spot! Go off-season or mid-week. See our Information on where to find dark skies to plan your trip.