According to some sources (ref 1, ref 2, ref 3), this is the number one photographed lighthouse in America. I’m not sure how lighthouse photography statisticians measure this figure, however I doubt they are far off. As a kid I lived 10 min from this prestigious landmark. My friends and I played in the surrounding park and generally took for granted that tourists from literally all over the globe came to see this admirable lighthouse.
Given it’s natural backdrop, shooting a decent frame of Portland Headlight is easy. However, to get a unique shot takes some doing since… well… there’s a lot of photos of this lighthouse out there.
After some searching, I was surprised by how few reflection shots I found. Since it’s right on the water this was one of the first angles I considered pursuing. Although it took some precarious far leaning over a tidal pool with my lens less than 5cm above the water surface, I think this was worth it. I haven’t seen any other shots by Maine photographers or otherwise which mirror the headlight like this and I’m glad to have a unique take on this famous scene.
Below are some frames that took less effort than my tidal pool exploits, but still have appeal in my opinion.