Since I’m back in Maine, my home state here in America, you can count on the foreseeable future being filled with scenic shots from beautiful northern New England. With this in mind, I am dedicating this week to highlighting some of Maine’s most stunning crown jewels, lighthouses.
Today, I proudly present you with Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (aka “Bug Light”) in Bug Light Park, South Portland Maine. Fond are my memories from this place while growing-up. Every Sunday my father mother and I would come here after church to sit and eat sub sandwiches while watching the ships.
In these shots, I brought my tripod and waited for the dramatic lighting of sunset before shooting. With a high f-stop (25) and low ISO (100) set, I snapped a few long exposures (0.3 sec) to soak up the large dynamic range provided by the late lighting. In post production, I decided to go monochrome to emphasize and capitalize on the dramatic dynamic range of the shots. To achieve the pseudo-IR (Infrared) effect, I used a channel mixer adjustment layer in Photoshop. Usually I would employ a Black and White adjustment layer, but I just felt like trying out another method this time.
Overall I’m happy with the results, but think the rocks in the lower right of both shots are a bit bland.