Yellow goldenrods are in the foreground and all around on the hill surrounding the site. My father used to suffer greatly from summer allergies. Fortunately I’m not affected too badly. The Ram Island Ledge lighthouse is in the background as a speck. I’ve never been able to figure out how to get both lighthouses effectively on the same frame. Since I lived in Maine for a couple years, I had an opportunity to visit this lighthouse many times in different seasons.
Portland Headlight, Maine. I will post a summer photo. So this is my autumn storm photo. It’s high tide and the weather is blustery. You can catch the umbrella action close by to the building. And, the light is just now coming around into view.
Portland Headlight, winter. Well I guess it’s no secret with the snow. It’s not as popular in the dead of winter although the kids like sledding on the hill nearby within the park. The Ram Island light is a bit easier to see.
Bass Harbor lighthouse, Acadia, Maine. This is another classic shot. It’s one of the best views you can get from land. I have seen better shots with snow or sunset or better clouds. This image is mine. I was there.
The first time I saw the Marshall Point lighthouse my friend Bob made us drive out of our way from Port Clyde. It was kind of him, since the other passengers were more about getting to brunch. The fog blocked out any visibility. The fog horn wailed its warning periodically. I have returned many times since, but I still remember that first visit.
This was for fun. I took the Owl’s Head Light photo and superimposed a texture upon it. The rocks were from the same area. I put a little halo vignette around the light. Clearly it is manipulated and stylized. It was my computer desktop for a time. Then other things became more interesting.
This is the Owl’s Head light. It is at the mouth of the harbor. You can just see the Rockland Breakwater lighthouse from here, just not in this picture. Because of location and accessibility, lighthouse pictures tend to be classics that are done over and over. This angle is no exception except that I was there and I took the picture. Somehow I have ownership and have documented the experience. It’s better than looking at the picture in a book.
Another time, another year I visited the Pemaquid lighthouse in Bristol, Maine. And again there was a reflection waiting. Sometimes the breeze is too stiff to give you a good one. I use a polarizing filter to dial the reflection in. Some patience is required to wait for the breeze. Fortunately I did not have an impatient family clamoring to move on.
Owl’s Head lighthouse, Rockland, Maine. Once a year I’m told, the lighthouse is open for tourists to climb the tower. It’s not much height to the top. But it is fun to see the light up close. This is the one and only time all year. I didn’t plan to be there but I was happy to climb up. The sunlight shining through was warm enough for me to imagine how much heat there must be when this light is in action.
This reflection is enhanced with a polarizing filter. I generally carry on just for this occasion. It will nicely enhance the lighthouse and block out some glare from the water. The small ripples from the breeze are just right. If it were a perfect reflection I would wonder about image processing.
This was a favorite lighthouse for me to visit in Maine. It just wasn’t too convenient to drop in on frequently. Here again I especially liked the pools that would reflect the image of the lighthouse. There were no restrictions except for common sense when climbing around on the rocks.
There is a Little Red Lighthouse that sits right under the George Washington Bridge. Yup, it’s the subject of a children’s book. Built in 1880, it was moved to this location and later decommissioned when the lights of the bridge overwhelmed it. The site is not easy to access. Yet, everyone seems to know about it. I have known about it but have never visited until now. David and I biked along the Hudson River path. There’s a killer hill to ride up and out if you go north, which we did.
Lubec, Maine. Looking across a narrow body of water from Maine – bay or river, you are actually looking at Canada. Lighthouses look just a little different there. It’s Campobello Island, famous mainly as a retreat of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fog is tricky thing to photograph. Surprising to me is the amount of detail retained in the image. This was a slide taken many years ago during the same memorable bicycle trip. It’s early morning, just as the sun is beginning to burn away the fog. The soft pastels of color and the detail of the lighthouse are an event not easily recreated.
Rockland, Maine. There is a long jetty that protrudes into the harbor. At the end is a lighthouse. We were visiting some very close friends and had made the long walk over the rock jetty. There was a sailboat exhibition. So, many of the shots were of the boats and lighthouse. Inside there were glass bricks and the sailboat just sailed into my picture. How convenient was that?
I like this spot. It is a bit out of the way. You need to keep an eye on the map and travel down a peninsula to the end. The lighthouse sits up on a bluff. There is a long rock ledge that leads down to the sea. It’s popular so there are always folks climbing around. Photos are taken from every angle. Once again, I suspect that most people miss the reflection in the pools that collect. When the wind is calm it is always nice to catch the reflections. It is very helpful to enhance the contrast with a polarizing lens filter.
One more Maine shot. Portland Head Light is picturesque and sits in Fort Williams Park. Because of its easy accessibility many shots of the lighthouse have been taken in all lighting and weather conditions. I’ve been there to many times to count. There are several overlooks parallel to the height of the lighthouse on the cliff. And I been down below to get an image looking up the cliff. Numerous busloads of tourists disembark for ten minutes or so and rush up to the fence to have their photo taken with the lighthouse in the background. They look forward but never down. There has always been a small tidal pool at the base of the cliffs. When the wind is calm this reflection is always available and gives a much different and unique look to the mood of the lighthouse. I watch everyone rushing to get an image without pausing to appreciate the moment. Well, one definite aid to enhance the refection is a polarizing filter. It will make the lighthouse really pop from the water. Otherwise, you only have to look down to get the shot.