Friday, July 25, 2008

Lake Champlain

Pines on Stony Point
Lake Champlain, Westport, New York

We left Maine Wednesday and had a rainy day of travel to Smuggler's Notch State Park near Stowe, Vermont. The rain didn't stop us from shopping in Stowe but we parked the RV in a down pour at the campsite and the torrential rains kept us inside until the next morning. Not to much photography taken. Thursday we visited the Essex Shipyard on the western bank of Lake Champlain and stayed with friends at their summer home on the shore near Westport, New York. What a beautiful spot. It rained into the night but promised to clear so I was up at dawn and down to the water for the picture above.

Twin Tree Sunrise
Lake Champlain, Westport, New York

What a beautiful morning. These two magnificent trees overlook the bluff above the cove where a few boats swing from their mooring ball. Their shadows played across the lawn towards me and the trees showed nicely in the backlight.

Rustic Guest Cabin
Lake Champlain, Westport, New York

On the property are the remains of two turn of the century guest cabins made from salvaging the wreckage of a steam ship that met its demise off the point pictured in the first picture. The ceilings are held up from the arched beams taken from the knees in the hull of the ship.

Tomorrow we head up to the Adirondacks to camp near lakes at two different parks for the week.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lily Bay State Park

Flint Clifts
Mount Kineo, Moosehead Lake, Maine

Yesterday was our last day on Moosehead Lake so we decided to take a five hour cruise on the SS Katahdin, a lake passenger and cargo steam ship from early in the last century. It was a beautiful day but the cruise was mid day so the sun was harsh for photography. We had one good opportunity when the ship cruised within 20 yards of the cliffs of Mount Kineo. The water is 100 feet deep right up to the rocks. Carol saw the above cliff with a natural bonsai pine and lichen creating a nice picture.

Glorious Sunset
Lily Bay on Moosehead Lake, Maine

After the cruise and dinner we headed back to our campsite. The sun was beginning to set so we headed for the park beach. I have shot many sunsets and don't usually get the camera out if the late light is not highlighting some features away from the setting sun. As you can see this was different. The show was amazing and grand in scale. This picture was taken with a super wide angle lens (14mm) and the sky was clearly the show. We waited until the show finished and the lights dimmed. All we could say was, "Thank you."

If you would like to see a larger version of the picture click on the image. We are off to Cathedral Pines Campground on Flagstaff Lake, Maine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Moosehead Lake, Maine

Dawn on Moosehead Lake
Lily Bay State Park, Maine

It finally rained on us. We can't complain because we have had great weather for the first two weeks. It cleared yesterday afternoon and this morning I was up for sunrise for the first time. Our experience was early morning fog on the coast so it was nice to work morning light. I put our inflatable kayak in the water and within a few yards of the shore I saw this light towards the west. I wish you could have heard the call of the loons at the same time. I couldn't see the loon as their sound can carry a mile in a calm wind.

Islands in Morning Light
Lily Bay on Moosehead Lake, Maine

I had put our kayak in the water and paddled out to these island yesterday afternoon. They looked like promising subjects for early morning and evening light. With this in mind I placed the kayak at different positions to create interesting compositions with the morning sky. It was a case of pre-visualizing during a prior visit and then returning to capture the subject in beautiful light even if it's five in the morning. The light lasted only 15 minutes.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cobscook Bay State Park, Maine

Lobster Boat Bottom Cleaning
Cobscook Bay State Park Launching Area, Maine

Yesterday was a kick back day at our campsite in Cobscook Bay State Park near Lubec, Maine. It is the most beautiful park Carol and I have ever visited. Today's post is all about black and white. Some times a subject just asks to be done in black and white like the white lobster boat high and dry for maintenance. This is easy given the 24 foot tide drop this far down east.

Old Pier Pilings
FDR Summer Home, Campabello Island, Canada

Here was another subject that started out fairly monochromatic and looked nice finished as a duo tone.

Falling Tide
Cobscook Bay State Park, Maine

This picture was taken twenty yards down from our campsite. We watched the scene change every hour as the tide went through its 24 foot range. At high tide the peninsula with the grove becomes an island and the driftwood in the foreground is underwater. At the lowest tide eight more rocks become uncovered. It's an amazing scene. This picture had lots of color but I like the black and white. Carol voted for the color version below.

Falling Tide
Cobscook Bay State Park, Maine

Friday, July 11, 2008

Campobello Island, Canada

Abandoned Fish Trap
Head Harbor, Campobello Island, Canada

Yesterday we were as far Down East as you can go. We are camping in Cobscook Bay State Park, Maine and our site has a view of of the bay. The view constantly changes with the 24 foot tide. The cove by our site completely dries out. We visited Campabello Island yesterday and toured the Franklin D. Roosevelt Summer Home. It was a nice second chapter to our visit to the Roosevelt homes outside of Hyde Park, New York a few years ago.

The best photo opportunities were at the northern tip of Island. Carol took the picture above as the sun was setting. The East Quoddy Lighthouse is also located here. The weather promised a good sunset. Even having the sun out at sunset is a "good" sunset in Maine. So after dinner we set up and took pictures of the light house as the light changed. See the result below.

East Quoddy Lighthouse
Head Harbor, Campobello Island, Canada

In a couple of days we head inland to camp near mountain side lakes. I hope to be photographing from our kayak. Thanks for letting us share our experience.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Mount Desert Island, Maine - South End

Arched Bridge
Somesville, Mount Desert Island, Maine

We are based in Blackwoods Campground in Acadia National Park. Yesterday we decided to tour Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and then Bass Harbor. On the way around Somes Sound we passed through the small town of Somesville and came upon this bridge by the edge of the road. It is a very popular tourist photography opportunity and almost every gallery has a version on its walls. We had to give it a try. We liked Carol's composition best. It is a scene Claude Monet would have painted. The light was nice.

Lobsterman Memorial
Bernard, Mount Desert Island, Maine

As we passed through Bass Harbor the sun was getting lower on the horizon but the harbor shore is on the east side which put the sun in our eyes. We continued around the harbor to west side and the town of Bernard. All the way at the end of the road is a book store that resembles a lighthouse. The lobster pot floats are the patterns of lobstermen that have either retired or passed away.

Bass Harbor Sunset
Taken From Thruston's Lobster Pound, Bernard, Maine

Just up the harbor from the bookstore is Thurston's. The light was turning golden and I was ready for lobster in the rough. This is the place. As the light improved I would step out to the edge of the porch and snap a few shots. Just magic!

Bass Harbor

Carol was sitting on a bench behind the bookstore and saw this composition of kelp and the harbor to the north. She noted that when I went through hundreds of candidates from the day's shoot that we picked four, three of them were taken by Carol....she is getting hard to live with.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

On Saturday, Carol and I returned to Pemaquid Point to photograph the lighthouse. We had been there four days before and discovered an important aspect of photographing the Maine coast. You have to consider the time of day (near sunset in this case) for the light, and most significantly you need to time the tide with the light. Four days before sunset and high tide were at the same time. On Saturday sunset and low tide were at the same time. I would have been standing in 12 feet of water to take the first two shots on our first visit.

You can pick the scene, plan for good light and tide but the weather is still chancy up here. You can see that we were lucky on all counts.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse with Reflection

The wind was calm so we were able to work some reflections into the compositions. Though Maine has powerful scenery it does take patience to find the right combinations. We haven't been as lucky on some of our other days. Carol did a reflection of the lighthouse in a tide pool in the rocks. Is is upside right or upside down? Who's to figure

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Tide Pool Reflection

We are now at Arcadia National Park and touring the small towns and sites looking for places offering great shots.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Camden Harbor Fog

Camden Harbor
We were on top of Mount Battie north of Camden, Maine on July 2nd watching the fog roll in in and out of the harbor. Carol took this picture of the moorings in Camden as boats slipped in and out of the wispy fog like ghosts. In our first few days we have seen seen fog edge the coast. It wasn't until today that a cold front came through and we knew for sure there was an eastern shore to the Bay.

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Marshall Point Light

This is the first posting in our new blog which will cover our travels and post pictures as we go along. Thursday, July 3rd we visited the Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde, Maine. We actually visited before and then after dinner to shoot in different light. It's great to have the small RV as a base to visit shooting spots. Let us know know what you think.

Reflections of Marshall Point Light