While thinking ahead about setting the clocks back by an hour Sunday morning, I decided to get out at sunrise on Saturday to take advantage of the last day for a reasonable sunrise time for a while.  At around 7:20 am, it’s one of the latest times during the year for the sun to rise (at least for New England), and not too painful a time to get started.  Unfortunately the clouds decided to get in on the action as well, and I was left with not much color during the pre-dawn hour.  A little while later I did see some blue sky and managed to grab this long-ish exposure (about a minute).  This is the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, and is one of my favorite lighthouses to shoot.  This shot was taken from the back side of light, and not the more common location along the breakwater that runs from the lighthouse to the harbor.  While looking for a pleasing composition, I saw this large reddish rock and thought it would nicely complement the red roof of the keeper’s house.

While on Monhegan Island in Maine, one of the things I wanted to explore was this shipwreck at the southern end of the island in an area called Lobster Cove.  This was the D.T. Sheridan, a 110′ steel tug that ran aground in heavy fog in November of 1948.  As you can see, the hull is completely rusted through, and is slowly deteriorating on the rocks.  It was a blast exploring all its rusted goodness, with so many photo possibilities.  I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time here, but I hope to get back again soon.


I thought I’d try another lighthouse shot for today’s post.  This is the Eastern Point Light in Gloucester, but was taken from the photographically-neglected other side of the lighthouse.  Most images from here are composed to include some of the long breakwater that runs out from the lighthouse as can be seen here.  The last time I was there I decided to check out this other side once I had my sunrise shots from the breakwater.  This rock wall was quite interesting with it’s uniquely colored lichen (at least I think it’s lichen), and seemed like a good foreground interest with the lighthouse in the background.  I’m hoping to try this spot again at sunset when the sun should be moving behind the lighthouse.

Good morning and happy Monday.  Today’s image brings us back to Gloucester, MA and the Annisquam area.  This building is located right next to the Annisquam Light (see some previous images here, here and here), although I’m not really sure whether there’s any actual connection or link between the two.  I had raced up here the other night after work in hopes of a nice lighthouse sunset, but traffic unfortunately caused me to miss it by just a few minutes.  I hung around for a while to get some of the warm after-sunset colors you see here, but the bugs soon got the best of me, and I had to leave.

One of the things that drew me to this composition is the positioning of both the building and the clouds.  While I utilized the rule of thirds in positioning the building on the right, having the clouds on the left side really added some nice balance to the shot.  Balance is something I always look for when either composing a shot, or when cropping it during post, as it definitely can add that something extra to an image.

So it seems that my lighthouse theme must continue again today.  This is another shot of Eastern Light in Gloucester MA from my sunrise shoot there about a month ago.  It’s a 3 minute exposure which was sufficient to smooth out the choppy water, and also bring out the nice pre-dawn colors.  I continue to absolutely love the effect of long exposures on both water and light, and am always searching for opportunities to use my 10 stop ND.

On a side note, I just realized that that it was a year ago last week that I started this photo blog.  What started out as a “hey, let’s see if I can do this” effort, has turned into something so much more.  It has inspired me to get out and shoot as much as possible, and to share my images with all of you.  And speaking of all of you, I wanted to just say thank you for your visits, your comments and feedback, your inspiration and your friendship.  It’s been a great year.

I thought I’d continue the lighthouse theme for one more day with this image of Boston Light.   Located on Little Brewster island in Boston Harbor, it holds the distinction of being the first light station established on the North American continent, and also the last in the United States to be automated.  It is accessible by private boat, as well as through tours operating during the summer season.  I took this shot on the same fishing trip where I shot the image of Graves Light I posted the other day.  My understanding is that the view of the Boston skyline from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular, and I plan to take one of the tours of the island and lighthouse later this summer to see for myself.

Before we get to today’s image, I wanted to say thank you for all the feedback regarding the new blog design.  It’s still a work in progress, and your input means a lot to me.  I truly appreciate everyone taking the time to leave comments and thoughts.   So thank you.

As for today’s post, it appears my lighthouse obsession continues.  This is Graves Light which is located at the outer end of Boston Harbor.  It’s not accessible to the public, and is best seen by boat which is how I got this shot.  It was late morning, and the sky lacked any nice color, so I decided to process this in B&W.  Tonemapping the brackets brought out some nice detail in the clouds which looked much better in monochrome.  What really impresses me with this image is the power of post-processing software.  I grabbed these brackets while balancing on the deck of a relatively small fishing boat, which is a far cry from my usual tripod set-up or even just standing on firm ground.  But even though each bracket was slightly off from the others, Photomatix was able to line up everything perfectly.  I know we take some of this stuff for granted these days, but every so often I’m reminded how amazing and powerful it really is.

So I don’t think my obsession with lighthouses is going to abate any time soon.  This is the Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, and was shot this past weekend on a beautiful clear morning.  It’s located at the entrance to Gloucester Harbor, and is the third incarnation of the lighthouse that was originally constructed on this site in 1832.   The stone breakwater I’m standing on here was built between 1894 and 1905 and is an incredible 2,250-foot long.   While there is no public access to the lighthouse itself, there are infinite compositional possibilities from the surrounding land.

This is another shot of the Annisquam lighthouse which I recently posted about here, here and here.  Because the sky was cloudless that morning, I knew I wanted to convert this shot to B&W.   I was trying to highlight the nice contrast between the white tower and the darker rocks and sky.  When there’s good contrast, lines and textures, converting to B&W is a great way to get around a shot that doesn’t have the colors to carry it on its own.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18mm, 1/160 second