This is another shot of Marblehead Light, and is a closer and more abstract view of the tower than my original post about it here.  It’s just such an interesting structure with so many photo possibilities.  I need to get back there sometime soon to try some new things.

Gay Head Lighthouse is one of the most iconic landmarks on Martha’s Vineyard.  It sits atop the beautiful clay cliffs in the town of Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head) at the western end of the island.  It’s probably the most photographed lighthouse on the island, and it’s stunning location makes it a popular spot for wedding photos as well.  You’ve probably seen shots of it like this one, which is one of the more common vantage points.

The original wood-framed lighthouse went into service in 1799, and was eventually replaced by the current brick structure in 1854.  During the summer it’s open for visitors, but was closed when we were there last weekend, most likely due to some renovations as evidenced by the scaffolding on one side of the tower.  The signs were not much of a deterrent, however, as there was easy access around the gate, and no one else around.

Here are two additional shots from up close.  The scaffolding obviously takes away from the images, but it was a beautiful sunset, so I thought I’d show them anyway.  Even though it’s been done a million times before, I still tried to get the more touristy shot looking toward it from across the cliffs after I got these images.  But the sky suddenly clouded over, and left me with a little hope for any more good shots.   I hope to be back to try shooting it again soon.


Just a quick post today as this is shaping up to be a very busy week.  This is Marblehead Light in Marblehead, MA.  It was built in 1895, and sits on a peninsula of land called Marblehead Neck on the north shore of Massachusetts.  It’s constructed of cast iron, and is the only lighthouse of its kind in New England.  Plus, it just looks cool.

Inspired by some recent posts of incredible lighthouse shots from Len Saltiel, I decided to post one of my own today.  These are the steps leading to the top of Pemaquid Light in Maine.  You obviously can’t tell from the inside, but this light is in a stunning location situated on granite cliffs on the ocean that provide endless compositional possibilities.  After exploring the area for awhile, and taking many photographs, my wife and I decided to climb the steps to get a view of the surrounding landscape.  As we were waiting our turn to go up, I had to grab this shot of the steps.  There’s something about the combination of exposed brick and wrought iron that just makes sense to me.

Sometimes I create an image that looks good, but is just missing something.  It seems like a nice photograph, yet it wouldn’t necessarily be something I’d frame and hang on the wall.  This particular image is a great example.  Strong subject… check.  Foreground interest… check.  Rule of thirds… check.  Dramatic sky… check.   Yet it still needed something else.  Then it came to me.

It’s missing text.  I realized that this is the type of image that would make a good mystery book cover as opposed to framed artwork.  Adding a title and my name completely changed it.

Now all I need to do is write the story.  🙂

I’ve wanted to create a unique image of Plum Island Light for the longest time.  I’ve shot it many times at different points the day, at various angles, different positions, seasons, etc., but wasn’t able to create anything that stands out from the many images that have already been done.  I was there again about a month ago on a night with a beautiful sunset and was trying to get something memorable.  Once again, for whatever reason, nothing was working so I decided to take a little walk.  As I walked past this fence and flowers, I knew I had finally found the composition I was looking for.

Looking back, this seems like such an obvious perspective to set up for a shot, and it made me question how well I really explored this location in the past, as well as many of my other favorite haunts.  As a result, I’m trying very hard now to just walk around and evaluate the possible photographic opportunities of a location before I pull out the camera and press the shutter.

I’ve read that Nubble Light in York, ME is the most photographed lighthouse in the US.  Regardless of whether that’s true, it’s in a truly beautiful setting and undeniably photographed a lot.  Unfortunately, though, most shots of it you see on Flickr, etc. are “tourist” shots as there are only a limited number of angles that you can actually use to photograph it (it’s on a virtually inaccessible island).  I can probably guarantee that I’m not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, to create this particular composition of this iconic lighthouse, but I do like the fact that it takes a bit of a different approach to capturing Nubble than what you typically see.   Someday I’d like to be able to do a series of images of “landmarks with the 25¢ viewer in the foreground,” but that will have to wait for another day.