The icon at golden hour.
The icon at golden hour.
One of my favorite photos I captured a few winters ago. This was taken with an old Nikon D40. Nothing beats a peaceful Maine harbor during the off season.
It’s pretty miraculous how in only seconds a photo can change considerably. These photos were taken maybe 30 seconds apart. As the sun sank behind what I presume was a large bank of storm clouds in the distance, all the color faded and the bright cheerful, landscape slipped into somewhat of a dismal darkness. The wind picked up and blew the glass like surface of the water into a choppy moving mess. I sat there and watched the color disappear, not bothering to click the shutter of my camera for the best had already passed. Once the color was gone from the sky and the mosquitoes started to swarm, I scrambled up over the rocks to my car. I placed my camera bag inside, turned on my headlights and drove home, some deep Dead jam lulling me into a satisfied trance as my wheels rolled over the dry pavement.
Bagheera from the Portland Schooner Company returns to port after a sunset cruise a few days ago. Love these simple scenes from Casco Bay.
For the past month or so, I’ve been in somewhat of a creative slump. I just haven’t felt the urge to pick up my camera, go to a destination and shoot. I’m not sure if it’s that I feel summer is slipping away from me or something else, but instead of shooting, I’ve been finding myself at the beach reading or surfing (not bad alternatives). So tonight I grabbed my camera when I got home, just as a rugged thunder shower blew over. I headed down the road to Portland Head Light despite the tapering spitting rain. I ran out onto the furthest rock I could reach just as the sky took on some deep color and set up my tripod. Using a rather hefty ND filter, I captured this image right as the park service booted out, “The gates are closing in 4 minutes” the ranger said. I’m happy I got back out there and I feel I’ve kicked my slump. I’ll be shooting a lot more now, felt great to be doing what I love.
While currently dealing with the intense humidity, I can’t help to think back to colder days like this. I love summer but dang, this humidity is something else.
Lost on a mountain in Maine. @stanny_actual stands below the Milky Way on the side of a mountain in Greenville. This was sort of an experimental single exposure but I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s hard not to love dark skies.
Sunset over the marsh. This is one of my favorite spots to view the sun set, there is so much wildlife, the noise of the road is muted and you can always find a great spot to set up. The one downside? The mosquitos. This was taken back in April.
The stairway to Heaven. Last night, I decided to take my camera down to a small cove just up the road from my house. I was walking around in the dark after my headlamp died and saw the faint outline of this staircase a ways in front of me, so I set up my tripod, adjusted my shutter speed to 13 seconds, my iso to 640 and my f-stop to 1.4. This is the image I came away with. I can’t believe this is so close to my house, it looks like a whole different world to me. Just after this the clouds you can barely see in the top right corner moved in and totally covered the stars, the timing of this shot couldn’t have been better.
Where the mountains meet the sea, and the little gem I call my hometown. Nothing beats a Camden summer.
After living on Vesper Street for nearly four years, watching the fireworks from somewhere other than my “backyard” was interesting this year. Living in Cape Elizabeth, a small cove down the road was my first choice to view the fire works over the Eastern Prom. After looking at a map I realized that I wouldn’t be able to see them from that spot, so Willard Beach was my next choice. It was much less crowded than the Promenade I had become so used to, but the mosquitos were ruthless. I’m still itching as I type this. All in all, it was a nice experience but next year I’ll be back on the prom watching them burst overhead. It’s just not the same watching them away from the hub of the action.
Summer sunsets over Moosehead Lake are pretty great. Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have fun this weekend!
Happy Fourth of July everyone! Stay cool out there and drink plenty of water! This photo was taken last year on the Eastern Prom in Portland.
Nightfall at Spring Point Ledge Light.
A patch of Black-eyed Susan catch the final rays of light as the shadows of nightfall slowly stretch across Hackers Hill. I was a bit hesitant to walk into the field due to the high probability of ticks, that is until I saw these flowers. And sure enough when I emerged from the tall grass, I found six dog ticks crawling on my feel and legs. I flicked them off and walked down the hill with a smile, happy with what I had captured. No risk, no reward.
Waiting for fall sunrise sessions like this one last August.
The dark skies over Greenville were twinkling this past weekend. It was great to sit out in total darkness watching the Milky Way slowly turn overhead.
Had an absolute blast this weekend with the boys. My friend @kyle_leino is getting married this fall so @foote_iv, @bdufour5, @znelson11, @stanny_actual, @maxbbragg, Ryan and myself took him up to Moosehead Lake to celebrate. Shenanigans ensued, golf balls were hit and a well needed weekend with some good friends was had. Can’t wait to get back together with the guys this fall, until then, stay sassy boys.