Nubble at Sunrise

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a very fun and festive holiday season spent with friends and loved ones.  I am starting a new job today, and was able to take some time off from work, as well as my blog, for the past week plus.  I’m now back at both with excitement and hope as the new year begins.

During my break I only found one morning where it was feasible to get up for a sunrise shoot, and decided to head up to Nubble Light in York, ME.  The sunrise gods didn’t see fit to provide a nice sky that morning, but I did walk away with this long exposure that I kinda like.  It was a very calm, and somewhat warm morning (well at least warm for Maine in December), and this image seems to convey that feeling quite well.  Although this lighthouse has been photographed to death, I still enjoy the short trip up there to try and create a new image.

Eastern Sunset

Yes, I’m posting another image of Eastern Point Light in Gloucester.  I can’t help it.  And I’ll probably keep doing it.  This is such a photogenic lighthouse with limitless compositional possibilities, and I love getting up there to photograph it.  In particular, I really enjoy shooting from this side of it, where there are so many rocks and tide pools that you can use as a foreground interest or leading line to the lighthouse.

Night Light

One more Marblehead image for today.  This was the last shot I took the other night as the mosquitos had pretty much gotten the best of me once the sun went down.  Yes, that building is the public restrooms, but I still really liked the glow of the lights coming from inside.  It seemed to work well with the green light from the lighthouse and the fading twilight.

Marblehead Light

Marblehead Light is a great destination for lighthouse devotees due to it’s beautiful setting on Marblehead Neck, and the fact that it’s the only cast iron skeleton lighthouse in New England.  The views of the harbor and ocean attract visitors year round to watch sailboats go by or to catch a sunset.  I’ve photographed this lighthouse several times in the past, but found this new composition the other night with the trees framing the lighthouse in the distance.

Eastern Point Light

Bob, Mike and I arrived early at Eastern Point Lighthouse on Sunday in order to shoot the sunset before the super moon (which unfortunately never materialized due to clouds).  But before the sun actually set and lit up the sky as seen here, it was casting a really nice warm light on the other side of the lighthouse and the surrounding beach, etc.  I wasn’t sure about this shot when I looked at the camera’s LCD, but started to like it a lot once I got it on the computer.  So considering we never got to shoot the super moon, the trip to Eastern Point still turned out to be quite productive.

Super Sunset

We had it all planned out.  Super moon.  Eastern Point Lighthouse.  We knew the time, the location, the moon’s position.  And then… clouds. Lots of them.

There would be no super moon this time around for Bob Lussier, Mike Tully and me.  Fortunately, we had a really nice sunset to shoot before the clouds robbed us of the moon.  It actually turned out to be one of the better sunsets I’ve seen at Eastern Point, so in the end the trip was worthwhile.  And in the process I created the name Super Sunset.  Let’s see if it catches on.


It’s been a while since I posted a lighthouse image, so here is a shot of Annisquam Light in Gloucester, MA.  One of my favorite things to shoot is a lighthouse at sunrise, and this beauty rarely disappoints.  It’s a simple structure, but is made so much better by the beach, rocks and grasses that surround it.  I only wish the parking situation there was better.  🙂

Have a great weekend.

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.

Nubble Sunrise

Nubble Light is one of those iconic locations where everyone with a camera has captured it with every conceivable composition and under every possible type of light.  Guess what?  I don’t care.  I’m still gonna keep coming back again and again.  I just love being there, and pointing my camera at it.  For me, it’s just close enough where I can make a trip when I want to, but far enough away where I’m not going after work every night.  I’m guessing that every photographer has a place like this that’s familiar, somewhat convenient to reach, and always seems to inspire no matter how many times you visit.   What’s yours?

This shot is a 3 minute exposure taken just before sunrise, and yes, the small puddles in the foreground are partially frozen.  As was I.   Definitely worth it though.

Annisquam RocksBefore we made our way to the Cape Ann Tool Company this past weekend, Bob, Mike and I started our morning shooting at Annisquam Light in Gloucester.  I’ve shot this lighthouse many times, and my streak of being there with either clear or completely cloudy skies was still intact after this visit.  So instead of nice sunrise colors, I decided to try some long exposures, and also try to find some unique compositions as I did with this image.  I wanted to use this strip of lighter-colored rocks as a leading line to the lighthouse, and although they don’t lead directly to the light, I still like the effect.