July 20, 2016

Photo of the Week - Camera Spot at Doubling Point Lighthouse

Arrowsic, Maine

This little lighthouse stands guard on the Kennebec River. It was established in 1898, 15 years after the founding of the Bath Iron Works, a major shipbuilder located upriver.

My riding buddy on the photography tour is standing on the light’s boardwalk, framing up a shot toward the shoreline and providing a sense of scale. He is also demonstrating that it is worthwhile to turn around from the main subject matter in an area. There could be a great scene behind you too!

July 13, 2016

Photo of the Week - Curtis Island Lighthouse Panorama

Curtis Island, Camden, Maine

This photo almost didn’t happen! A visit to the Curtis Island Lighthouse was not on the planned itinerary for our photography tour. The light is located on an island at the entrance to Camden harbor, and it is best seen from a boat. Jim and I sailed past it many eons ago while enjoying an afternoon cruise on an antique schooner.

I started a friendly conversation with a local fellow walking two dogs, and he revealed how to get to a nice vantage point along the coastline - and not trespass on private property! In my photo shoot, I decided to take five shots across the entire five-acre island to create a digitally “stitched” panorama in Photoshop.

Don't forget to click on the image to see it bigger!

July 6, 2016

Photo of the Week - Springtime at Fort Point Light

Stockton Springs, Maine

During the April photography trip to Maine, I visited several lighthouses for the first time. One of them was the charming Fort Point Light. The current structure was built in 1857, and part of its appeal is the adjacent lightkeeper’s home. The station is a centerpiece of the 120-acre Fort Point State Park. It is located on the eastern tip of Cape Jellison and overlooks the mouth of the Penobscot River.

June 29, 2016

Photo of the Week - Marshall Point Lighthouse & Wooden Walkway

Port Clyde, Maine

Thanks to its appearance in the 1994 “Forest Gump” film, this lighthouse is a popular tourist spot. But if you arrive very early in the morning, you will share it with only the most dedicated landscape photographers. Here is a down-low shot that emphasizes the leading lines of the wooden walkway. A black and white treatment adds to the simplicity of the scene.

June 22, 2016

Photo of the Week - Portland Breakwater Bug Light

Portland, Maine

This scene wasn’t very colorful, so I chose to give the photo a black and white treatment. I also decided to apply pano-sized crop because there were no interesting clouds on the horizon.

The original lighthouse was a wooded structure and built in 1855. A cast-iron tower (with an attractive Greek design) replaced it in 1875. The architect was Thomas Walter, most noted as the designer of the U.S. Capitol’s east and west wings and its current dome. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1942, but it still stands proudly out on the breakwater, surrounded by a lovely park. It was dubbed “bug light” because of its small size.

I have every intention of writing a newsy blog post, but time always seems to get away from me. Maybe next month! I’m doing okay at the moment, but I’ll soon be spending another birthday and holiday without my beloved. I now dread milestones and wish for them to go by quickly!