It’s interactive. It’s easy. You go to a museum. You get inspired. You make art. Example: Fans – Guggenheim Museum, New York City circa 2014. The beach hotel shower served as inspiration ala the Gugg. We weren’t done. Portland circa 2018, ala Star Trek, open fifth. Okay open seventh, but that’s a musical term. Once more I ask you, “WTF, a set of floor fans is worthy of exhibit at the Guggenheim.” I must be outta my head. Sorry, I can’t be. I am/was a neurosurgeon. Damn!
I’ve been to a lot of museums and on occasion I get to feeling a little silly. So, I incorporated the experience in my Photoshop antics. It’s not too hard to do. I’m not a multilayer manipulator. I do a few things only. Otherwise my attention wanes. I like that they hung a window near a window. The obvious problem was with the interior exposure vs the outdoor brightness. It’s simple to fix with two images exposed with the final plan in mind. And then I simply cloned myself. It’s better than genetic modification.
This is an easy lighthouse to find and to see. Walk around. Change perspective. Get the clouds. Get the foreground. Everyone rushes up to the fence and has eyes only for the lighthouse. Yes there are not too many opportunities like this. And you can get around it from many angles and viewpoints. I standby and watch groups, families and individuals all shoot. Look down! The best shot is in the tidal pool at their feet. It is not always a shot. Sometimes there is a breeze to blur the reflection. Only a few are able to see this shot and get it.
I’m spinning my archive. The good thing about living in Maine for a while is that you got to visit lighthouses in inclement weather. Fog is always a hard subject. The other element is the light itself. Then to blend soft light and focused detail is harder yet. I let the camera figure out the exposure. I just fixed the compositional elements. In that instant I got the shot I wanted. It’s good.
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.