Reaching for the Light

Doesn’t it look like these tree branches are reaching toward the lighthouse?  Well even if they aren’t, this is a bit of a different take on this iconic lighthouse.  Portland Head Light has been photographed so many times, it’s hard to find a unique spin on it.  This is my attempt.


Standing Silent

It’s been several days since my last blog post as my new job has been keeping me quite busy.  But I’m back today with a shot from the archives that I rediscovered the other day.

This was from a fall visit to Ogunquit, Maine a few years back.  Anyone who has ever visited this wonderful coastal community knows that the shoreline all along the Marginal Way is filled with scenes like this one.  The endless array of photo opportunities here is one of the reasons that I keep coming back time and again.


Oh Buoy, It's Cold

Sorry for the dumb title, but sometimes these things get the best of me.  This image was originally destined for the recycle bin when I first looked at it, but upon a second review and some processing, I ended up making it into something I like.  For this very reason, I rarely delete photos immediately when I first load them on the computer.  Sometimes it takes a second or third look before I see an image’s true potential.

For this image, it just need some desaturation and some heavy vignetting to get to the vision I originally had when I pressed the shutter.  Now this philosophy means I have a lot of images on my hard drive that I’ll probably never process or post, but it does provide the opportunity to review older shoots, and pull out a few gems that may have eluded me the first time around.  Please click on the image for a larger view.


Winter Chill

Another image today from Portland Head Light in Maine.  No sun at sunrise usually means I’ll convert most images to black & white, especially long exposures like this one (yesterday’s post was an exception).  It was a cold 5 minutes waiting for this exposure, but ultimately worth the wait.  When it’s still early and the light is low, my 10 stop ND filter can make for some very long exposure times.  One of these days I need to get myself a variable ND filter so I can better dial in the right (read: shorter) exposures, especially for these cold winter mornings.  Be sure to click on the image for a larger view.


Dawn at the Light

Today’s image is an early morning shot of one of Maine’s lesser known lighthouses, Portland Head Light.  OK, just kidding.  As anyone from New England will tell you, this is supposedly the most photographed lighthouse in the U.S.  Or maybe Nubble Light is.  Anyway… I haven’t photographed Portland Head Light in way too many years, and being that I was in Portland for the weekend, I had no choice but to visit at sunrise.

As you can see, it was a very cloudy morning, and there were more than a few cold and disappointed photographers there without some nice morning color.  Be that as it may, I was still able to grab a few shots I liked, including this one, which was the first I took that morning.  The slight hint of color on the left is actually coming from the lights of the city, and was just enough early on to add some additional interest.  I was also pleased to be able to capture Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse in the background on the right side.  A cold and cloudy, but still somewhat satisfying morning.



Frozen Sunrise

Sunrise photography in the winter can be a double-edge sword.  On the one hand, you’ve got the sun coming up past 7 am, which means sleeping a bit later than you would for a summer sunrise.  The other hand is of course a cold hand.  As in freezing cold temperatures.

We’ve had some really cold weather here in the northeast the past few days, but I decided to get up this past weekend to see if I could catch a nice sunrise.  This image was taken near Loblolly Cove in Rockport, MA, and those two structures you see in the distance are the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island.  I had to climb over and around some icy rocks to get to this spot, but was rewarded with really nice color in the sky just before the sun rose.   This is not a multi-image panorama, but rather a cropped image that just looked better with these dimensions.  Please click on the image for a larger view.


Nubble at Sunrise

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a very fun and festive holiday season spent with friends and loved ones.  I am starting a new job today, and was able to take some time off from work, as well as my blog, for the past week plus.  I’m now back at both with excitement and hope as the new year begins.

During my break I only found one morning where it was feasible to get up for a sunrise shoot, and decided to head up to Nubble Light in York, ME.  The sunrise gods didn’t see fit to provide a nice sky that morning, but I did walk away with this long exposure that I kinda like.  It was a very calm, and somewhat warm morning (well at least warm for Maine in December), and this image seems to convey that feeling quite well.  Although this lighthouse has been photographed to death, I still enjoy the short trip up there to try and create a new image.


Morning Fog

Just a quick post for today.  My son was kind enough to wake up my wife and I around 4:30 the other morning.  So instead of going back to sleep, I decided to grab my gear and head out to catch a sunrise.  As much as I was disappointed that the area was socked in with weather, I really love images of small fishing harbors in the morning fog, and came home with this shot of Rockport harbor that I’m very pleased with.