Maine Event

I’ve seen so many great photos of Portland Head lighthouse in Maine so I took the opportunity of leaving a day early before the Out of Acadia workshop started to visit.  I arrived in the day with a clear blue sky with no clouds likely for sunset. I took a lot of shots, capturing the waves crashing.  The shot below was a few minutes before sunset.  I used a shutter speed of 1.3sec, focal length 20mm, f16, ISO 100.

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The sky went pink for a brief spell but not exactly dramatic. This was a small lighthouse I could see in the distance, captured with a 400mm lens.  I’m pretty sure it is Ram Island Ledge Light.

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I went for some food in a local bar in South Portland.  A couple of women, out having a few Friday night drinks started talking to me and told me that it was going to be raining in the morning then proceeded to freak me out asking if I had researched bed-bugs for the motel I was staying.  Thanks!  I didn’t sleep that night.

When I “woke up” before sunrise it was raining but there looked like some breaks in the clouds.  I was thinking of getting back in bed then thought of the possible bed-bugs and decided to get dressed and go and see how the sunrise was.  I thought the gate to the park may be closed but fortunately it was open.  The rain was still coming down but I could see some color forming on the horizon so I joined a couple of other guys and set up the tripod and camera.  I wanted to get a long exposure with the water being slowed using my trusty Lee filters but there was too much rain and couldn’t keep them dry enough so I shot without.

The sun came up and the sky turned a beautiful red color, the light hitting the red rocks.  The color lasted for a matter of minutes then back to grey.  I was so happy that I’d made my way out even if I did get wet.  I’m used to that now.  Here is the shot I like the best.  Shutter speed 0.4sec, f16, ISO 250, focal length 16mm

I processed the shot in Lightroom for basic changes then in Photoshop using Lumenzia to bring out some of the shadows on the rocks below the lighthouse.

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Happy shooting to you all!


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