Pemaquid Lighthouse Black & White

The Pemaquid Lighthouse is one of the most iconic in the country. Having first been there several years ago with a workshop, I was eager to visit it again, to show it to Barb and hopefully capture an image that went beyond the typical blank sky sunrise scene I had previously experienced.  So, as we began our journey home, Barb and I decided to make a detour to this famous scene.

Given that getting from Bar Harbor to Pemaquid would take several hours in the car, it meant that we would arrive close to mid day, not usually an auspicious time for landscape photography.  But, luck was with us as the storms I had been photographing through in Acadia for several days were still moving slowly out to sea, meaning there were dramatic skies and churning seas to contribute to the scene.


The lighting we found was a bright overcast with the clouds overhead moving pretty quickly because of strong off-shore winds.  The scene was bright enough that I needed to use several stops of neutral density in order to allow for a long enough exposure to capture some of the movement in the sky.  I only wanted to show a little movement in the clouds; just enough to give a visual hint of the strength of the passing storm, but not so much that the cloud movement would show up as a long smear across the top of the image. Channeling a classic 20th century photographer, Paul Strand, I also wanted to use the picket fence surrounding the lighthouse as an element to lead the viewers eye through the scene.  In the end, I think I was able to achieve a fairly acceptable image of a classic venue. I hope you agree.

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