The Big One

This is probably my favorite image of Otter Cliff in Acadia NP, ME. The image was taken in October of 2019 when a noreaster came through and produced some high winds along with some amazing wave action. Mike and I were not able to get onto the park loop road until sometime around 2:00 as the NPS had all the entrances closed off. I even tried a few of the lesser known back ways in, but to no avail as they were closed too. We did get about three hours of shooting until the sun went down.

I have to say that it was quite exhilarating shooting while all this was going on as this was my first; and I hope not my last; time shooting during a noreaster. My best guess is the wave pounding Otter Cliff is 60-70’ in height. There was no color to speak of so this was a natural for B&W IMO.

As always I appreciate those taking a moment to leave a thought.

Specific Feedback Requested

All C&C welcome.

Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Nikon D800, Nikon 80-200 @ 200mm, f 8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 640, cable release & tripod


Ed, the starkness and drama in the scene are nicely emphasized in b&w. The big splash at the back works very well as the culmination of all of the action in the foreground. Of course, the cliffs and the seemingly calm water in the distance make a fine contrast to the splashing and crashing.