Maine Coast

9-5-15 Reid Milkyway

My last trip to Reid State Park to photograph the Milky Way did not produce any Milky Way shots. I went back at the beginning of the month to attempt it again. At this time of year the Milky Way doesn’t appear over the Atlantic like back in June and July, it’s more west, although if I was at the same spot as the last Reid post it would’ve been over the beach. However it was clearer the night I was there and I think the lights of Portland would’ve been an issue. The trees in the background of this image helped block the lights because I was down low looking up. This image is a combination of two. The milky way was exposed at ISO 3200, f2.8 for 30 seconds focused at infinity. For the foreground I focused on the rocks in the front and exposed that at ISO 1600, f2.8 for 6 minutes.

8-16-15 Popham Life Guard Shack

I’m still trying to improve my night photography techniques. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago at Popham Beach. As the season progresses the milkyway slowly moves west across the night sky. The lights of Portland show up on the right of this image, if I had been in this same spot earlier in the summer the milky way would’ve been more south and to the left, so directly over the ocean and I would not have picked up any lights, the lights reflecting off of the haze in the distance didn’t help.  All I would’ve had to do is move my camera position to the right so the milkyway would’ve still lined up with the life guard tower. That’s the challenge with this type of photography, finding an area there is truely dark, in this day and age it’s difficult but not impossible. Maybe next month I’ll go further north and away from city lights.

8-8-15 Reid SP Mile Beach Stars

I took this photo last Saturday night at Reid State Park looking down Mile Beach. I was hoping to get a shot of the Milky Way over the beach but the conditions were less than ideal. Along with the clouds, the lights of Bath and the milky way not being in the right position this is what I came away with. This photo is a combination of two images. The sky was exposed for 30 seconds at f2.8 and the beach was the same aperture but a two minute exposure time

6-17-15 Lone Puffin

Back in 2012 I went to Machias Seal Island to photograph puffins, I really enjoyed it so I decided to go back again this year, this actually made the seventh time I’ve been on the islad, the first time being back in the 80’s. The downeast area has a lot to offer in the way of photography so puffins are not the only attraction. The birds were still incubating the eggs so if I do this trip again I’ll go later in the season.  The puffins will be feeding the young and there’s a better chance of getting photos of the adults with fish in their bills.

6-17-15 Puffin Trio

6-17-15 Puffin Duo

6-17-15 Squawking Puffin

6-18-15 Sky Afire-Lubec

This was taken last week during vacation. It was a very beautiful sunset and of course there were tourists there taking photos and selfies with the sun setting in the background. In typical tourist fashion though, as soon as the sun set below the horizon, everyone left. The best colors of sunset usually happen 20 minutes to a half hour after the sun disappears. As you can see here, waiting it out paid off.

6-20-15 Reid State Milky Way

The internet has been inundated with Milky Way photos lately but I had to try my hand at it. Last night I took a ride to Reid State Park at midnight and the sky couldn’t be clearer. I’ve actually been planning this binocular shot for a few months but since then, I’ve seen a similar one taken by someone else. I assure you I didn’t copy the idea.

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This baby seal was on Willard Beach in Portland on Saturday and we almost walked into it before spotting it.  The mother wasn’t around but hopefully it wasn’t abandoned. The weather wasn’t very sunny so there weren’t too many people wandering about so the little guy wasn’t being harrassed and it seemed like all he wanted to do was nap. It was tough getting a photo with the eyes open and all I had with me was my point and shoot camera.