This shot is not what I originally had in mind when went out the other afternoon to shoot. I was driving around Lawrence, MA, looking for some old mills to shoot, and was exploring an area that I had not been to before. I immediately stumbled upon this bridge which is obviously neither old nor a mill, but looked quite interesting. The first thing that struck me was the flourescent lighting that colored the bridge’s structure. I know it looks like paint, but it’s actually lights at the base of each support pointing upward. It seemed so out of place in an area full of old buildings that have been around for many many decades, so I decided that this would be my subject for this outing. It was even more interesting that the colors change every few seconds. Here are some additional shots with some of the different colors.
Another quick post for today. This is the lower window on Plum Island Light which I’ve shown on the blog before here. When shooting this lighthouse, I usually try for a more broad view of it against a nice sunset or interesting foreground. This time, however, I opted for a more intimate approach.
So it’s back to Martha’s Vineyard for today’s post. This image is a little bit unusual, but I was playing around with some long exposures and thought this one came out kinda cool. It’s a shot of the Chappaquiddick Ferry, more commonly known as the Chappy Ferry, that runs across Edgartown Harbor to Chappaquiddick Island. The only way to get to Chappy is on this ferry, or by driving on the beach if you have four-wheel drive and know what you’re doing. Made famous for the Dyke Bridge incident in 1969 with Ted Kennedy, it is also known for its incredibly beautiful beaches and great fishing.
I’m going to continue with my State of Maine theme for this week and move on to Ogunquit for today’s post. As I’ve stated several times before, Ogunquit is one of my favorite places to shoot. Between the beaches, the harbor, the rocky coastline and the quaint village, photographic opportunities are everywhere. This shot was taken at low tide in Oarweed Cove, which sits on the other side of Perkins Cove. These rocks make an outstanding foreground interest, although it can be treacherous navigating them to find a good spot. In addition to coming back with a few good images, I’m also hoping to come back with my ankles and gear intact as well. This is a single exposure of about 8 seconds which was just enough to give the water that smooth and ethereal look. Add in a nice sunset, and we have today’s image.
A couple of years ago, my wife and I spent an anniversary weekend in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. We stayed at this wonderful little inn that was up on a hill overlooking the water. It was fall in Maine (this means cold), but they still had the adirondack chairs out for anyone who wanted to bundle up and take in the view. Well worth it in my opinion.
Before we get to today’s post I just want to say thanks to everyone for your visits and all your great comments on my blog. Your support and feedback means so much to me.
Today’s image is another one from Nubble Light in York, Maine, and was taken on the other side of the main parking and viewing area. Most images you see of this lighthouse are taken from the angle I used for my post yesterday. But as my son and I were walking around on this side, I noticed this cleat attached to the rocks and decided to get down low to try and get a nice angle. I suppose that at low tide it may be possible to get a boat up close to tie on to this cleat, but it’s not something I would ever try, especially when the water isn’t perfectly calm which it wasn’t that day.
Today’s image comes to us from Nubble Light in York, Maine. As I mentioned in a previous post here, I believe that this may be the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Or at least in New England. I was there with my 8 year old son this past weekend, and we spent about 45 minutes doing our usual activities. He climbed all over the rocks, and I took some pictures. It was pretty windy, and had just rained a bit so some of the rocks were still wet. I was too nervous watching him climbing around on the wet rocks to get more than a few shots, but I like how this one turned out. I may have used a shutter speed that was a bit too long, but I still was pleased with the results. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of trying get the perfect shot of this iconic lighthouse.
And here’s a black and white conversion as well. Still deciding which version I like better.
For today’s post, we go back to the Vineyard. When I was processing this shot, I kept finding myself trying to sing the classic Otis Redding song The Dock of the Bay, hence the title of the post. It was a beautiful sunrise and a very peaceful morning, and I actually don’t think I was wasting time at all.
Anytime I find myself shooting near a harbor, I always look for opportunities to capture a boat’s reflection in the water. What I really like is the potential of these scenes. Depending on how calm or rough the water is, as well as the time of day, the colors of the boat hulls reflecting on the water create a different perspective every time. If I went back to the same boat at the same time the next day, I’d be willing to bet that I’d come back with a different image.