I’ve been revisiting some old images, and found this one from a 2008 visit to Acadia National Park in Maine. This one was overexposed but I was able to extract some lost detail and color in the sky, much to my surprise. Shooting RAW is the only way to fly! I believe that’s Otter Cliffs in the distance. I love Acadia – it’s a do-not-miss destination especially if you time it right, and visit in the correct one to two week period for fall colors. (Which varies year to year of course-usually sometime in October.)
Another Portland Head Light HDR. This time with most of the color drained out of it. That’s the technical terminology for it. (OK, it was desaturated in Lightroom to achieve this result.) Not sure if I like this approach or not, I think it is growing on me.
Although I can’t truthfully say the Portland Head Light is as exciting to photograph as the Bass Harbor Light, pretty much any real lighthouse on the Maine coast is more exciting than most of the shooting around home territory. Perhaps this is due to the distinct lack of lighthouses here in Kansas. I’ve been revisiting a few old images from New England, now that I know (or at least have deluded myself into thinking I know) more about HDR processing etc. This is a good example of what HDR can accomplish, unless dramatically overexposed in the sky, the lighthouse is seen in silhouette by the camera. Blending in one of those frames exposed for the lighthouse and foreground, we get the result above.
As I recall, this was taken standing on a picnic table in order to get just that little extra bit of height needed. The sky in this particular sunrise was not spectacular, but that’s just bad luck. I would have kept going back for that special sky, if time had allowed. This is a three exposure HDR, again processed in Photomatix and finished off with a few Lightroom tweaks. I would love to go back to Maine, I really enjoyed it.
Here’s a landscape without the land…I suppose that would make it a seascape. In any case, this was a sunset in open ocean somewhere in the vicinity of the Bahamas. I would have preferred a rocky seacoast, interesting island, tall sailing ship, or something similar for the foreground or mid-ground, but alas – none were available. This one had very little post processing, just level tweaks and a small saturation boost to the flat RAW file.
I posted an unremarkable photo yesterday to illustrate a point, I thought I’d use one today of the same general subject which I thought turned out more pleasing. This was just a quick shot from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine. At the time I had been more interested in shooting the sunset, and the brightly lit cruise ship in the harbor below, so this was image was something of an afterthought. I think I find it works better as a vertical crop, the original was horizontal.
One of the favorite places I have had the pleasure photographing is the Bass Harbor Lighthouse in Maine. Admittedly, it is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the planet – but as they say, it isn’t a cliche if you haven’t shot it yet. Lighthouses hold a particular appeal to me, probably because they are in short supply here in Kansas. In 2008 I was lucky enough to visit Acadia National Park and surrounding areas, including this lighthouse. There are two main places to shoot from, one on the west side looking back east (good for sunrise), and one to the east looking west (good for sunset). We were there for sunset on this occasion, so east it was.