This was the original destination for our visit to Portland, ME this past weekend.  I had seen a few images of this location online, and finally had an opportunity to go up there and get a shot of my own.  Along with fellow photographers Bob Lussier and Mike Tully of course.

These three shacks are on Fisherman’s Point and can be seen and photographed from Willard Beach in South Portland.  We were fortunate to get some really nice color in the sky just before sunrise, and with the tide just starting to recede, the ocean added a nice foreground element as it held the reflection of the sky.  I’m looking forward to getting back here in the spring to get a different perspective on this wonderful spot.


It had been quite some time since I last visited Nubble Light in York, ME, so I decided to make the short trip up there this afternoon to catch the sunset.

The tide was low and the water was as calm as I’ve seen it, but the sky made up for it with some nice color just before the sun went down. And having some of that warm sunlight shine directly on the lighthouse really made the scene special.


Although I have yet to pick up my camera in the new year, I feel compelled to create my first blog post of 2017.  And I’m doing so with this image from this past summer.  It was taken at the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Wells, ME during our annual family vacation in Ogunquit.  After catching the incredible pre-dawn light, I came across this perfect little bench at a viewing area along the trail through the marsh as the sun began to come up.

Even though the bench is facing the away from the rising sun, it’s still a beautiful and peaceful spot to watch the sunrise.  And I was not in any hurry to leave.


As we brace for the first real arctic cold of the winter here in the northeast, I thought I’d post an image from warmer times.  This shot was captured this past summer in Ogunquit, Maine along the famous Marginal Way.  This mile-plus path winds it way along stunning rock cliffs  from Ogunquit beach to Perkins Cove, and provides unlimited photographic opportunities.  Sunrise, in my opinion, is the best time to be there – not only for witnessing the beauty of the sun coming up over the ocean and cliffs, but also for the peacefulness and quiet of being there virtually alone. The Marginal Way gets quite crowded during the day in the summer, so I really look forward to being there at sunrise.

I woke up early to a promising forecast, and was certainly rewarded for the effort.  As I walked along the path, I was seeking out some leading lines in the patterns of the rocks that would take the viewer right out to the morning sky, and found this spot which did the trick.  I’m definitely looking forward to getting back there this winter to get some images with snow on the rocks.  Once I’m a little more used to the cold that is.


Transition

This image is another from the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, ME from my vacation in late August.  As I mentioned in my previous post, this part of the refuge is a beautiful 1 mile loop that meanders through forest and salt marsh along Maine’s southern coast.  This particular spot is one of several boardwalks along the loop that provide incredible views of the surrounding area.

Typically on sunrise shoots, I’m packing up my gear once the sun rises high enough above the horizon and the light becomes too harsh to shoot towards it.  Thankfully on this day, I had a scene behind me worth shooting, and simply turned around from where I was capturing the sky to the east and was treated to beautiful warm light hitting the trees and boardwalk to the west.  This location is really quite amazing, and I was taken by the transition of marsh to forest, while also witnessing the transition from dawn to daylight.  And did I mention that I was the only one there the entire time?  An awesome morning all around.


Morning BeautyI just got back from a family vacation in southern Maine, and managed to get out for sunrise on a couple of occasions.  This particular morning presented an absolutely beautiful display of clouds and color with zero wind; perfect conditions for some long exposures.  So where is this, you ask?  It’s the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in York, ME.  It was my first time visiting the refuge, and I can guarantee I’ll be back again soon.  It’s an impressively large place, with thousands of acres of protected land spread out from Kittery all the way to Cape Elizabeth near Portland.  I chose to explore the southern part, and the trail I was on is an easy 1 mile loop through the refuge that provides several lookout spots along the salt marsh and woods.  Although the tide was low, this little estuary made a great leading line through the image towards the rising sun.  Morning beauty indeed.


Dawn's Early LightA few weeks ago I spent some time in Ogunquit, Maine with my family for our annual end of summer vacation at the beach.  While this is always a family vacation first and foremost, I did make some time to get out and do some shooting, mostly at sunrise before the rest of the family was up.  I’ve been coming to Ogunquit since I was a child, and have photographed it countless times.  This location at the entrance to Footbridge Beach, however, is one that I’ve paid far less attention to than other more popular spots, so I felt it was time to give it some love.

It’s a great little spot with the long footbridge across the Ogunquit River just to the left of this scene, and I was really fortunate to also find this small boat up on the grass which made for a great foreground interest.  I tried a variety of compositions with the boat as the sun started to rise, and this one was easily my favorite.  It was a beautiful sky that morning, and I was also able to get some reflections of its colors in the river.  Now if I could’ve only done something about those mosquitos.




Old Orchard Beach

This past weekend I decided to make the drive up to Old Orchard Beach in Maine to photograph its famous pier.  The forecast looked promising for a nice sunrise, with some clouds arriving at dawn and temps in the low 30’s (that’s pretty warm for Maine in February).  Well they got it half right.  It was a balmy winter morning, but the clouds failed to materialize.  Again.

So what does one do when the clouds you expected don’t show up?  You covert your images to black & white (this is of course after you’re finished cursing).   I also went a little further with this shot giving it a darker processing treatment, while still leaving some nice light on the side of the buildings.  Although I like using plug-ins for most of my B&W conversions like Silver Efex Pro or Perfect B&W, I was able to coax out the image I wanted this time by just using the tools in Lightroom.

It wasn’t the sunrise long exposure I had hoped for, but still an image that I like.