Black & white photography has always been my first love, and no matter where I go (even Acadia at the height of autumn splendor) I look at each photographic opportunity from a black & white perspective first. And, so it is with today’s image.
On our way to Acadia, I had been hoping we would experience some “weather” and not just blank blue skies and warm sunshine. A storm began moving through on our second full day in the park, and I spent much of the time looking for black & white photographic opportunities. That afternoon, after a late lunch, Barb and I decided to head down to Otter Point as I heard it was a good location to photograph waves. We were held up on our way to Otter Point for a short time as the scene at the Tarn caught my eye and I had to make a photograph in the rain. But this delay really had no impact on what I would find at Otter Point – a great vista and superb waves. I spent about half an hour on the rocks, watching the action of the waves and getting a feel for when the large ones would come crashing in and how the waters would then spill off the rocks. This particular image turned out the best of the lot from my point of view because it shows the textures of the rocks and of the moving water. In my humble opinion, this scene could only be rendered in black & white.
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When Barb and I were on our trip to Maine a couple of weeks ago I posted a couple of images to the site – one of the Bug Light in Portland and the other of the Tarn in Acadia National Park. We have now been home for a week and I have been processing my images from this trip, and I find that the Bug Light and Tarn images that are posted are really parts of two, three image series. So, I have decided to present each of these series in their individual totalities, which means the “lead” images of each series will be posted for a second time. I apologize for the duplication, but the three images work together better than apart. Today’s posting is of the Bug Light. The original image is posted below.
After spending quite a bit of time working the scene from below the light, I walked up on its deck and was immediately struck by the almost abstract sense of space there. It is really a very small space, perhaps only four feet wide, but the sense of openness and mystery was quite striking.
One of the most noted characteristics of the Bug Light is the curved stone approach path that is part of the sea wall that demarks the channel boundary. It is a classic “leading line”, and I almost forgot to take what is an almost obligatory image of this well known light.
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We divided our drive from Virginia to Maine into two segments, spending our night on the road in Portland, where we had a great meal at DiMillo’s on the Water and, the next morning, I got to spend some time photographing the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, the “Bug Light”. It is not the iconic structure that the Portland Head Lighthouse is, but unlike its nearby sister, the Bug Light is situated in a public park and is accessible at all hours. Besides, I think this structure has a very definite charm and character that many of the classic lighthouses lack.
I arrived shortly before dawn and spent over an hour photographing the light – today’s photograph is the first of three that I will be posting over the next several days. I hope this photograph meets with your approval. Thanks for stopping by.