Dawn's Early LightA few weeks ago I spent some time in Ogunquit, Maine with my family for our annual end of summer vacation at the beach.  While this is always a family vacation first and foremost, I did make some time to get out and do some shooting, mostly at sunrise before the rest of the family was up.  I’ve been coming to Ogunquit since I was a child, and have photographed it countless times.  This location at the entrance to Footbridge Beach, however, is one that I’ve paid far less attention to than other more popular spots, so I felt it was time to give it some love.

It’s a great little spot with the long footbridge across the Ogunquit River just to the left of this scene, and I was really fortunate to also find this small boat up on the grass which made for a great foreground interest.  I tried a variety of compositions with the boat as the sun started to rise, and this one was easily my favorite.  It was a beautiful sky that morning, and I was also able to get some reflections of its colors in the river.  Now if I could’ve only done something about those mosquitos.

The Frozen Charles

Although the weather warmed up a bit this past weekend, the Charles River remains virtually frozen solid.  This is something I hadn’t contemplated when planning this sunrise shoot, as I was hoping for some nice long exposures of the river.  Once I got past the strange reality of the river not moving, however, I realized that this is something that probably doesn’t happen very often, as we’ve experienced historically cold temperatures this winter.  I’m sure there’s a lemon/frozen lemonade moral to this story somewhere, but it’s late as I write this and I’m letting it go.

Anyway, these boats that were the main subject in my prior post, are now a compliment to the skyline and the colors of the pre-dawn hour.  In order to have both the boats and the taller buildings in the frame, I needed to “break” a major rule of photography by having the Prudential tower in the center as opposed to one of the left or right sides.   Nothing I could control, but I still like the way this turned out. This is definitely a spot I plan to revisit in the Spring.

Row Your Boat

When I looked at the weather forecast for Sunday morning, and saw that the temperature at sunrise was going to be in the 20s, I have to admit I was pretty excited.  The last few times I’ve been up to shoot sunrise, the temps have been single digits and at times below zero.  I can’t say it was balmy, but it sure felt a lot warmer than what we’ve been used to.

This image is of the sailboats at the MIT Sailing Pavilion in Cambridge along the Charles River.  I had come to shoot the sun rising behind the Boston skyline across the river, but couldn’t resist getting some shots of these awesome little boats all lined up waiting for warmer weather.  And yes, I know these are sailboats and the title of my post is “row your boat,” but you’ll have to grant me a little flexibility here.

I’ll have some shots of the city and the frozen river in upcoming posts.


Just a quick post for today.  I’ve photographed Perkins Cove in Ogunquit countless times, and decided to try some more intimate detail shots the last time I was up there this past summer.  This is the rudder of a small sailboat that was moored in the harbor.  The boat itself was difficult to isolate due to all the other boats around it, so I focused on this one small detail instead.

Morning Fog

Just a quick post for today.  My son was kind enough to wake up my wife and I around 4:30 the other morning.  So instead of going back to sleep, I decided to grab my gear and head out to catch a sunrise.  As much as I was disappointed that the area was socked in with weather, I really love images of small fishing harbors in the morning fog, and came home with this shot of Rockport harbor that I’m very pleased with.

Lone Oar

One more Ogunquit image today before I move on to a different subject.  Due to a lackluster sky most of the day, I spent a fair amount of time photographing the small details of the various boats that are found in Perkins Cove.  This particular oar caught my eye, and I worked through a variety of different compositions before settling on this one.  By rotating the image a bit I was able to get the oar straight and the rest of the boat at an angle for a somewhat abstract view of this nautical scene.

Tied Up

Back to Ogunquit, ME for today’s post.  This is one of the many small boats in Perkins Cove that people use to get out to their moored lobster boats or sailboats from the docks.  Perkins Cove is a fantastic place to photograph in any season, time of day, or weather condition.  Boats, docks, lobstermen, restaurants and shops, etc., all provide great photo opportunities.

Although the boats were packed in tightly together, I wanted to focus on this one particular boat, and stylized the image to help create that focus.  I can’t explain why, but this has become one of my favorite images.

Rockport Harbor

While most people (myself included) typically aim their cameras at the iconic Motif #1 while shooting at Rockport Harbor, the view in the other direction ain’t so bad either.  This was taken a few weeks ago on the night that Rockport held it’s first ever public fireworks display.  I’m saving the images from that for later this week.

High and Dry

Happy Monday, and I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day.  We spent the day at a wonderful beach house on Plum Island that was being rented by some of my wife’s family for the week (thanks Kerry and Ben!).  Late in the afternoon I spotted this boat from the deck, and managed to sneak away for a few minutes to grab some shots.

It was low tide which always provides excellent photo opportunities, and this one was no exception.   Usually it’s exposed rocks or the remnants of an old pier that I’m pointing my camera at, but this time it was a boat stranded by the tide.  Although it’s difficult to tell form this angle, a storm was moving in from the west when I set up, so I decided to go with some darker processing to reflect what was about to hit.  And speaking of reflections, when I got this image on the computer last night I noticed that you can see the sky reflected on the side of the boat near the stern.  Bonus.

P.S.   I have absolutely no idea why there is a giant wooden owl hanging from that line.