After much anticipation for the WorldWide Photo Walk this weekend, it ended up a bit of a disappointed because of nasty weather.   I was on a sunrise walk in Ogunquit, Maine, and the sun was nowhere to be seen.  Instead, for the second year in a row, we were socked in by fog along with a fair amount of rain all morning.  So walking back to my car with a mostly empty memory card, I heard a stream through the woods on the side of the road.  A short path took me to this scene, which may have been the best thing I saw all morning.  It’s ironic that one of the only good shots I got from this normally picturesque ocean location is a shot I’d expect to get on a hike in the woods.  Oh well.  A keeper is a keeper.

Although I was disappointed in the photo walk, it was still good to get out early and get some exercise and a few good shots.  I may post another shot or two from the walk later this week.

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.

Ogunquit, Maine is one of my favorite local places to visit and shoot.  It’s only an hour drive from my house, and I get up there a fair amount either with my family, or alone with my camera.  Anyone who’s ever been there will recognize this image of Perkins Cove harbor.  It’s always filled with lobster boats, and there’s a really cool wooden drawbridge over the harbor’s entrance that provides an excellent vantage point for capturing this quintessential Maine fishing village.   As much as I like a beautiful sky for scenes like this, I think a foggy morning is probably the best way to represent the “feel” of this wonderful place.   I need only to look at it, and I can smell the salt air and hear the fog horns in the distance.

As everyone knows, all is not lost for landscape photography when it’s foggy, cloudy, rainy, or all of the above.  Sometimes it’s just what you need.  This particular image was taken last summer on the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Ogunquit, ME.  It was an early morning walk, and we arrived at the meeting place around 5:00 am which meant I was up around 3:30.  Needless to say I was disappointed that I had gotten up so early only to find a total absence of any visible sun or sky.  I did, however, end up getting several images that morning that I really like.  The lack of an interesting sky certainly presents challenges, but the flip side is having that beautiful, soft, contrast-free light you get when the clouds/fog act like a giant softbox.  This light combined with the morning dew helped set up this shot of rose hips, which are found in abundance along the Marginal Way where this shot was taken.  The toughest challenge was finding the right ones to shoot among so many.

P.S.  Sorry for the corny title to this post.  I’m very tired as I write this, and I couldn’t come up with anything better.  Have a great weekend.

Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine.  Stretching from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach, it’s an incredibly stunning public footpath that winds along the rocky cliffs of southern coastal Maine.  These benches are scattered along the path and provide beautiful vantage points to enjoy the ocean and crashing surf.

As I was crouched down on the ground for this shot trying to get the composition I wanted and the light I was hoping for, something occurred to me.  This was one of those instances where I seriously debated whether I’d rather be down on the ground waiting for the moment when the light was perfect to capture a memorable image, or would I rather just be part of the scene, sitting on that bench watching the incredible colors of a Maine sunrise.   The photographer in me obviously won the battle this time, but I still think about how nice it would have been just sitting there watching and enjoying.

Just a brief post today as I was out at the Red Sox game last night, and needed something easy to post this morning.  This was taken on an early morning in Kennebunkport, Maine, and is just a simple reflection of the bow of a boat in the water.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ocean as calm as it was that morning, and I spent most of it trying to capture the reflections of the various boats that were docked there.  I didn’t come away with a whole lot that I liked, but was pleased with how this one turned out.

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.