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.

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.

High and Dry

Happy Monday, and I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day.  We spent the day at a wonderful beach house on Plum Island that was being rented by some of my wife’s family for the week (thanks Kerry and Ben!).  Late in the afternoon I spotted this boat from the deck, and managed to sneak away for a few minutes to grab some shots.

It was low tide which always provides excellent photo opportunities, and this one was no exception.   Usually it’s exposed rocks or the remnants of an old pier that I’m pointing my camera at, but this time it was a boat stranded by the tide.  Although it’s difficult to tell form this angle, a storm was moving in from the west when I set up, so I decided to go with some darker processing to reflect what was about to hit.  And speaking of reflections, when I got this image on the computer last night I noticed that you can see the sky reflected on the side of the boat near the stern.  Bonus.

P.S.   I have absolutely no idea why there is a giant wooden owl hanging from that line.

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.

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?

Well the weatherman is saying that we may get a little taste of winter in the form of some snow today, so I thought I’d post a shot from warmer times.  I definitely need to keep going back to images like this one for the next several months because green grass won’t be seen around here for a while.

Ok, so maybe this isn’t really giant grass, but it sure looks that way when you put the camera down low and close.  That’s Annisquam Light in the background which I posted about several times last week.  As we were about to head back to the car after a few hours of shooting, this beach grass caught my eye and I thought it would make an interesting foreground.  I had to hold  the camera by hand as my tripod wouldn’t go low enough, and after a few attempts I was able to get this shot.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 34 mm, 1/500 second

It’s been a while since I created a poster from one of my images, but this one seemed to be a good candidate.  There are certain images that can benefit from this format while others do not, and it’s usually the simpler ones that work best.  For this shot, I was drawn to the glass-like water and the early morning light that lit the buoy.   This poster format may not be for everyone, but every so often I like to create one to add a little variety to my photography.  I hope you like it.