Light the way-Portland Head Lighthouse. Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Portland Head Lighthouse. Fort Williams Park. Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Canon 7d/Canon 17-40mm F4 L series lens. UV filter. Lee Big Stopper neutral density filter. Induro tripod and ballhead. ISO 100, 17mm, F11 @ 45 seconds. Please click on the image to view its larger size!

Today’s image will be the first in a series from our trip to Maine last week. This image was the very last one that I took on the trip before we headed back to Vermont but was by far my favorite so I am posting it first! This is the Portland head lighthouse which is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It is located in Fort Williams Park and is maintained by the townspeople. It is free and open to the public however they do have a donation box when you arrive if you choose to do so.

The park here is beautiful as there is not only a lighthouse but a walking trail which follows a really fantastic stretch of coastline. We visited the park in the early afternoon and wow! There was a huge number of people making some of my earlier attempts here impossible. I soldiered on and as we made our way on this walking path beside the ocean I came across this scene with zero people around. Everyone was looking at the lighthouse and I was more than happy to shoot at this location.

In the end when I was processing this image I felt like this location was a better choice to shoot the lighthouse. While it is more of a distance shot I felt that the coastline gave some context to the lighthouse and the image as a whole rather than shooting it up close like the hordes of people were doing. The last five days we were in Maine we had hot and humid weather and the clouds just did not want to cooperate for me. This image had just enough clouds which were streaked by the long exposure to make the whole thing work.

My one complaint while visiting the park would have to be that as we were exploring we saw people just leaving their garbage all around and not disposing of it properly. I felt terrible but a little angry as well. The townspeople do all of the upkeep on the property and charge nothing for everyone to be able to see such a beautiful place. My girlfriend and I were awestruck by it and we did not want to leave. To me it seemed disrespectful to the people who live in the area to leave trash all around…We are visitors and should treat the place with some respect! With that being said…Enjoy the image and let me know what you think!

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7 thoughts on “Light the way-Portland Head Lighthouse. Cape Elizabeth, Maine

  1. Great shot Andy! I like that you chose to shoot from a distance, it gives you a sense of scale you wouldn’t get with an up-close shot of the lighthouse. I see the same lack of respect for the parks and trails in this area and it disgusts me to end.

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