Pemaquid Point Light

My last morning in Maine, I was determined to get an early start to get some sunrise shots of either Pemaquid Point or The Portland Head Light. I decided on Pemaquid at the last moment on a hunch that I would get better weather conditions there. Also, I was curious about the location overall. Even on a map, this place looks interesting. Sheets of bedrock line up to form a point from the lighthouse to the ocean. The photos I have seen from this location looked amazing.


The clouds were clearing out as the sun began to rise. It looked for a moment as if I was going to lose all cloud cover before sunrise. Just as the sun began to break the cloud bank on the eastern horizon, a wisp of clouds caught the early morning light.


This is classic Maine seascape: rocks, lighthouse, and a little fog.



The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and rock formations at sunrise.


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 6 bracketed exposures, 14mm, f/22, ISO 100

I did combine all exposures in Photomatix, but only used the portion of the result for the rocks in the foreground. That along with the help of Topaz Adjust brought out the texture and color of the rocks beautifully. This was combined with the +1 exposure for the sky . The buildings are a mixture of the exposures. Lightroom did a great job of helping me correct for the distortion from the 14mm lens.