One more Ogunquit image today before I move on to a different subject. Due to a lackluster sky most of the day, I spent a fair amount of time photographing the small details of the various boats that are found in Perkins Cove. This particular oar caught my eye, and I worked through a variety of different compositions before settling on this one. By rotating the image a bit I was able to get the oar straight and the rest of the boat at an angle for a somewhat abstract view of this nautical scene.
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.
While most people (myself included) typically aim their cameras at the iconic Motif #1 while shooting at Rockport Harbor, the view in the other direction ain’t so bad either. This was taken a few weeks ago on the night that Rockport held it’s first ever public fireworks display. I’m saving the images from that for later this week.
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.
While the easiest reaction when seeing these towers of rocks and stones is to think that of aliens were here, it was pointed out to us that these are actually called wishing stones. You’ll see them sporadically along parts of the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME, that is until you come across this one particular section where there are literally hundreds of these towers. So many I was sure I would inadvertantly knock one over just by walking around.
Bob Lussier and I were in Ogunquit earlier this week to help a friend teach a photography workshop, and these structures were the perfect place to discuss composition, depth of field, etc. with the workshop participants. We of course had to grab some shots for ourselves too, and this is one of my favorites. We were shooting these during the middle of the day, so a black & white conversion seemed appropriate.
Make a wish.
Another sunset, another image from Gloucester. This is part of Wingaersheek Beach which is located in the western part of Gloucester. It runs along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay, and is a great family beach. There’s a sandbar off the beach that’s exposed at low tide, allowing you to walk hundreds of yards out. And large rocks like these can be found at one end of the beach, which provide beautiful tide pools as the tide comes in and out. It’s definitely one of my favorite local beaches.
Today’s image is from Salem Willows Park in Salem, MA. I took this shot about a year ago, and although the color was good, it just wasn’t working so I had left it for dead in the caverns of my Lightroom catalog. That is until last night. I was looking for something to post for today, and came across this series of images. When I looked closely at this particular one, I saw a composition that merely required some cropping and cloning that I hadn’t envisioned when I first took the shot.
Sometimes I find it just as rewarding to repurpose an old image as it is producing a new one.
Yes, I’m posting another image of Eastern Point Light in Gloucester. I can’t help it. And I’ll probably keep doing it. This is such a photogenic lighthouse with limitless compositional possibilities, and I love getting up there to photograph it. In particular, I really enjoy shooting from this side of it, where there are so many rocks and tide pools that you can use as a foreground interest or leading line to the lighthouse.