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?
Today’s image is another shot of the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Maine. This is the lighthouse made famous in Forrest Gump which I previously posted about here. You know how much I dig lighthouses, and this is definitely one of my favorites with it’s long walkway out to the tower, and its stunning location. The weather wasn’t stunning that morning, but that’s what B&W is for.
While thinking ahead about setting the clocks back by an hour Sunday morning, I decided to get out at sunrise on Saturday to take advantage of the last day for a reasonable sunrise time for a while. At around 7:20 am, it’s one of the latest times during the year for the sun to rise (at least for New England), and not too painful a time to get started. Unfortunately the clouds decided to get in on the action as well, and I was left with not much color during the pre-dawn hour. A little while later I did see some blue sky and managed to grab this long-ish exposure (about a minute). This is the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, and is one of my favorite lighthouses to shoot. This shot was taken from the back side of light, and not the more common location along the breakwater that runs from the lighthouse to the harbor. While looking for a pleasing composition, I saw this large reddish rock and thought it would nicely complement the red roof of the keeper’s house.
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.
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.
Today’s image is another look at Monhegan Light on Monhegan Island. This image was taken from a different vantage point compared to my post the other day, and captures the light tower in addition to the various buildings and the dory. As I mentioned previously, this is just a beautiful spot 178 feet above the ocean below. As my writing skills are limited compared with my photography skills, I thought I’d share this excerpt from an 1886 book called, All Among the Lighthouses by Mary Bradford Crowninshield, who described the view from Monhegan Island Light as such:
“Way off there to the north spread out the woods and forests of Maine, miles and miles each way, as far as the eye could penetrate; and out there to the west , the south, the east, stretched that limitless blue expanse, heaving, rolling, sparkling, dotted with its flaky signs of enterprise and commerce, which dipped and bowed to the heaving sea, some close, some far away, others showing a dim outline on the distant streak which limits the boundary of our vision.”
Sometimes I wish people still talked this way.
Have a great weekend!
This is the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine which was made famous in the movie Forrest Gump. It’s the place he ran to on the east coast before turning around to run west. While it’s always impressive to come across places that have been portrayed in movies, I was disappointed (at least as a photographer) that the lighthouse museum in the keeper’s house had a crappy snapshot of Tom Hanks and the lighthouse keeper in a cheap little frame as the only real memento of the shooting of that scene. I wasn’t necessarily expecting a 20×30 aluminum print, but something with a little more substance would’ve been nice. Oh well.
It was quite cloudy/overcast the morning I was there, so I quickly decided that a long exposure in B&W would probably be best for this long view of the walkway to the tower. I was originally hoping for a nice sunrise over the lighthouse, but I’m certainly pleased with how this image turned out.
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.
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?