Marshall Point from the Sea

Most images of Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine are taken from the perspective of looking up the walkway toward the tower, or also from the rocks on either side.  Having tried many of these compositions already, I had the opportunity to take a lighthouse cruise last fall and was afforded a perspective looking at this iconic lighthouse from the ocean.  I wish I could’ve timed it closer to sunset, but unfortunately I don’t own the tour boat, and had to settle for some late afternoon light instead.


This is part of the extended building at the Monhegan Lighthouse which I previously posted about here and here.  I was originally there to shoot the lighthouse itself, but instead ended up taking far more images of the rest of the property.  There are just so many great lines and angles with the various roof lines and corners that I couldn’t help myself.


When I was in Maine a week ago, I decided to spend part of the day on Monhegan Island which is located about 12 miles off the coast of Port Clyde.  The island is just an incredible place, and without any cars or paved roads, it feels like it’s from another time.   It’s only about 1/2 mile wide and 1 1/2 miles long, and while there is a vibrant community here in the summer, the winter population is typically less than 50 people.  Much of Monhegan is wooded, and it’s also quite hilly and rocky.  I believe that the highest point on the island, where this shot was taken, is actually the highest point in all of coastal Maine.

This scene is part of the property at Monhegan Light, a location which provides incredible views of the island and surrounding water.  The lighthouse is actually behind where I’m standing (well, squatting), but for this shot I wanted to focus on the dory and the simplicity of the buildings.  Oddly enough, the actual lighthouse tower is probably the least attractive building here.  I of course still grabbed many shots of it, and will post some in the coming days.


I haven’t done very much night shooting, but it’s something I would like to try more often.  I usually pack up towards the end of the magic blue hour, but I decided to try some shots the other night when it was truly night.  This is the keeper’s house at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine.  The house is now a museum and store, and they apparently like to leave the lights on at night, for which I said thank you very much.  The interior light combined with the light illuminating the front of the house from the lighthouse itself made for a nice subject against the star-filled sky.  I found it challenging to get an exposure that would show the stars and not blow out the highlights from the house lights.  This exposure was the best compromise I could get.  I was exhausted that night, and didn’t even think about blending multiple exposures.  Oh well, maybe next time.   I’ll have more images to share of this famous lighthouse in future posts.