Moonrise

My trip to Ogunquit a few weeks ago was quite the full day.  I started with a sunrise shoot along the Marginal Way, helped teach a photography workshop during the afternoon, and then ended the day with a photo walk with workshop participants to Perkins Cove and back at sunset.  It was exhausting, but a lot of fun.  I also came home with a few images I like, which is always a nice thing.

This was one of the last images I took that day and shows the full moon rising over the Atlantic and the cliffs of the Marginal Way.  And yes, the moon was this red color due to some haze in the atmosphere as it rose above the horizon.  I chose a telephoto lens to compress the scene and get the moon as big as possible in the shot.   It was a beautiful way to end the day.


Tied Up

Back to Ogunquit, ME for today’s post.  This is one of the many small boats in Perkins Cove that people use to get out to their moored lobster boats or sailboats from the docks.  Perkins Cove is a fantastic place to photograph in any season, time of day, or weather condition.  Boats, docks, lobstermen, restaurants and shops, etc., all provide great photo opportunities.

Although the boats were packed in tightly together, I wanted to focus on this one particular boat, and stylized the image to help create that focus.  I can’t explain why, but this has become one of my favorite images.



Peaceful Cove

Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME.  As I mentioned the other day, Bob Lussier and I were there last week to help a friend teach a photography workshop.  It started in the afternoon, but I decided to head up early to do some sunrise shooting and spend the whole day.  I was once again treated with another cloudless sunrise, so I decided to minimize the sky as much as possible, and play with some long exposures of the gentle waves over the rocks.


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.


Cascading

I spent a freezing cold sunrise at Nubble Light in York, Maine this past weekend hoping for some early morning magic.  Unfortunately it was a cloudless morning, so I only got a few images of the lighthouse that I liked, which I’ll share later this week.  So since the sky wasn’t cooperating, I decided to focus on the churning water and breaking waves for some  close-up shots instead.  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to get just the right timing and exposure of a wave crashing on the rocks, which usually ends up being a lot of trial and error.  These are the days I’m forever thankful for digital cameras and large capacity memory cards.


Island Church

Today’s image is the community church on Monhegan Island in Maine.  Aside from the Island Inn, this may be the largest building on the island, which is a major contributing factor to the island’s charm.  As I’ve posted about before, Monhegan is a small island off the coast of Port Clyde, Maine, and is about as quaint and quintessential coastal Maine as you’re going to find.  Dirt roads, no cars, walk to everything.  This is life on Monhegan.  While I doubt I could live there year-round, I could certainly enjoy an extended vacation there in the summer.


Breaking Surf

 

I thought I’d mix things up a bit today with a trip back to the fall and this shot from Pemaquid Point, Maine.  Home to its namsake lighthouse, it also has these incredible rocks and cliffs on the ocean.  It was a beautiful, but very bright morning, so I stacked a polarizer and my trusty ND10 to get this long exposure.