Today’s image is another shot of the Spring Point Ledge Light in Portland, Maine.  The long exposure here allowed the water to take on that silky look, but it also had an interesting effect on the light and colors in the sky.  The sun was rising to the right of the lighthouse, and the darker colors of the sky to the west (left) took on a more saturated look with the long exposure.  I’m not completely sold on this unintended effect, but I still like how the image turned out.  What do you think?

This is the base of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Portland, Maine.  As shown here and here, this type of lighthouse is sometimes called a spark plug design, and this one is a wonderful example of this style.  Its location on the breakwater makes access easy, and provides so many different ways to shoot it.  After I finished with the more iconic shots of the structure, I started to look for unique angles and compositions.  This was probably my favorite.

Here is another view of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse with more of the breakwater in the composition.  This is such a beautiful place to be at sunrise, and I can imagine how much the past keepers of the lighthouse must’ve appreciated their view.  Especially once the breakwater was built, and they weren’t as stranded as when the tower stood alone at the entrance to the harbor.  And here’s a random fact for you:  someone once figured out that in order to get some exercise at the lighthouse prior to having the breakwater, the keeper would need to run 56 laps around the tower’s main deck to equal one mile.  I wonder which would happen first when running those laps – dizziness, exhaustion, or boredom.  Or perhaps all of the above?

Well I’m pleased to report that my blog and I have decided to get back together again.  About two weeks ago we decided that we perhaps could use some time away from one another.  I had said some things I didn’t mean.  The blog said some things it didn’t mean.  Things were starting to get very uncomfortable.  But after our time apart, we both feel like we’re at a good place to get back to blogging again.  Thanks for your patience and support during this challenging time for both of us.  🙂

Seriously, though.   A little break was needed from blogging, and I’m glad I took the time away.  I didn’t do much of anything related to photography for about two weeks until this past weekend when I spent a few days up in Maine filling some memory cards.  I now have new images to share with everyone starting with this shot of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Portland, Maine.  It’s a brilliant example of a “sparkplug” style lighthouse, and protects Portland harbor.  Although the light was first lit in 1897, the 900-foot breakwater I’m standing on wasn’t built until 1951, and now provides easy accessibility to the lighthouse.  The tower is closed to visitors, but there are plenty of angles and compositions to shoot it from the outside.  I’ll share more images of this magnificent lighthouse in future posts.

P.S.  I’m looking forward to catching up on all of your posts that I’ve missed over the past few weeks.

So it seems that my lighthouse theme must continue again today.  This is another shot of Eastern Light in Gloucester MA from my sunrise shoot there about a month ago.  It’s a 3 minute exposure which was sufficient to smooth out the choppy water, and also bring out the nice pre-dawn colors.  I continue to absolutely love the effect of long exposures on both water and light, and am always searching for opportunities to use my 10 stop ND.

On a side note, I just realized that that it was a year ago last week that I started this photo blog.  What started out as a “hey, let’s see if I can do this” effort, has turned into something so much more.  It has inspired me to get out and shoot as much as possible, and to share my images with all of you.  And speaking of all of you, I wanted to just say thank you for your visits, your comments and feedback, your inspiration and your friendship.  It’s been a great year.

So I don’t think my obsession with lighthouses is going to abate any time soon.  This is the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, and was shot this past weekend on a beautiful clear morning.  It’s located at the entrance to Gloucester Harbor, and is the third incarnation of the lighthouse that was originally constructed on this site in 1832.   The stone breakwater I’m standing on here was built between 1894 and 1905 and is an incredible 2,250-foot long.   While there is no public access to the lighthouse itself, there are infinite compositional possibilities from the surrounding land.

I’ve been in a lighthouse mood lately, and wanted to share a recent shot of Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, MA.  It was a windy and rainy afternoon when I took this shot, and the sky lacked any real drama.  So I decided to play with some vintage processing looks and textures, and ended up here.  You like?

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 18mm, 13 seconds