The Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse on a stormy afternoon

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Last weekend Casey and I spent some time exploring Boston and the New England countryside. In researching the trip I came across the lighthouse above and knew it was something I really wanted to photograph. We drove up north from Boston, Stopped in Salem, MA and Kennebunkport, ME and finished in Portland, ME. It is the namesake for my home in Portland, Oregon so I thought a fitting end of the first day. After stopping for dinner along the harbor so my wife could have some fresh New England seafood (burger for me) we made our way out to the edge of the sea to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Lighthouse. It was a cold and stormy afternoon with lots of wind and rain, I anchored my induro tripod down with my camera back and went to work. After spending about an hour shooting both my wife and I were freezing and ready for the drive back to Boston, back to our hotel and warm bed!

Couple of things I learned from this experience:
– It pays to have lots and lots of lens cloths!
– Be patient and take your time – I constantly had to wait for people, waves to be in the right spot, wipe my lens element off, and check focus. Without taking my time I wouldn’t of gotten the shot. Some of my earlier images from the beginning of shooting didn’t turn out because I was rushing.

Photo Specs: Portland Head Lighthouse:
Canon 5D MkII + Sigma 35 F/1.4 @ F/11, 160th/sec, iso 640
Stabilized on an Induro Tripod (AT014) and Ball head (BHD0)

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