Here is another view of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse with more of the breakwater in the composition.  This is such a beautiful place to be at sunrise, and I can imagine how much the past keepers of the lighthouse must’ve appreciated their view.  Especially once the breakwater was built, and they weren’t as stranded as when the tower stood alone at the entrance to the harbor.  And here’s a random fact for you:  someone once figured out that in order to get some exercise at the lighthouse prior to having the breakwater, the keeper would need to run 56 laps around the tower’s main deck to equal one mile.  I wonder which would happen first when running those laps – dizziness, exhaustion, or boredom.  Or perhaps all of the above?

Someday someone will need to explain to me the attraction that photographers have (myself included) to these telescope things we see everywhere there’s a vista of some kind.  Anytime I see one, I can’t help myself and have to grab a shot or two whether it stands alone like this one, or if it makes a nice foreground interest to a scene in the background.  For this shot, the lack of color from the fog surrounding the telescope (is that what they’re called?) cried out for B&W, although the color version almost looked B&W on it’s own.   Do you find these things to have a magnetic attraction to your camera as well?

Just a quick post this morning.  This view was captured looking through one of the openings (windows?) in the outer wall of Fort Constitution in Portsmouth, NH.  The fort is located right next to Portsmouth Light, which was what I originally planned to shoot that morning.  As I was exploring the area, I thought the view of the pre-dawn sky through the fort was quite interesting as well.

Have a great weekend.

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.

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.

Happy Monday, and I hope all the dads had a fantastic Father’s Day.  My family and I had the opportunity to spend the day out on a friend’s boat yesterday, and although this was a day of R&R, I did manage to take a few pictures from time to time.  This is a shot of the Boston skyline seen from the inner harbor.  The New England Aquarium is near the center of the frame, and you can also see the historic Custom House tower on the right-hand side.  The weather was as good as looks in this picture, with bright sun, a few clouds, and temps in the low 70s.  I couldn’t have asked for a better Father’s Day.

I can’t seem to get enough of these boardwalks that lead down to the beach.  While they are all typically made from wood or composite, that’s where the similarities among them ends.  Each has its own personality in either its age, color, its chosen path to the beach, etc.  It seems that no two are actually alike, and that means plenty of great photo opportunities like this one.  For this shot, the colors were a little flat and muted, so I decided to process it in black and white.  I think I like this version better than the color one as the focus is now only about tones, textures and lines.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 24 mm, 3 brackets tonemapped in Photomatix and processed in PhotoTools 2.6 and LR 3.

Just a quick post for today.  This property is only a mile or two from my house, but every time I’m there it feels like I’m in the south (at least the south from a New Englander’s perspective).  The brick patio, shutters on the french doors, and white chairs make it feel like another place and time.

I was driving around and exploring York, Maine this past weekend, and immediately hit the brakes when this house caught my eye.  It’s situated right on the water, and has this wonderful wraparound porch.  I’ve always wanted to have a beach house with an old porch like this, especially one with this kind of view.  And the more weathered, the better.  Although the sky was kinda bland that day, the blue floor added enough character to make up for it.  Can’t you just see yourself sitting there on a wicker chair on a cool summer night?  This time of year I think about that a lot.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/10, 27mm, 3 brackets