The last shot I took at Pemaquid Point on my last day in Maine. I set my hat down next to my bag as I composed this one and realized back at the car that I hadn’t come back with it. Me and the hat have been through a lot, so it was a run back to the rocks to retrieve it. And one last view of the amazing sea…
This rendition of this photo was inspired by some old photos of this spot I found online while researching this area in Maine. This again is at Giant’s Stairs on Bailey Island, Maine. The large outcropping is known as Pinnacle Rock.
Pemaquid Point was certainly one of the highlights of my trip to Maine. I am very glad I chose to fit that trip in at the last minute. If you have a Maine quarter in your pocket, then you will see this lighthouse depicted on its “tails” side. It won a popular vote by Maine residents to be there and I would guess it is one of three most popular lighthouses to photograph; the other two being Portland Head Light in Portland and Bass Harbor Light in Acadia National Park, the latter of which I was able to photograph myself as well. Portland Head Light will have to wait for another day. As far as the spot of coastline they reside on, Pemaquid wins in my book with an awesome rock peninsula that wedges itself into the ocean.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Settings: 6 bracketed exposures were captured at a 16mm Focal Length, f/22, and ISO 100. These were combined in Photomatix and blended together in Photoshop to achieve one balanced exposure. Contrast and color correction were tweaked in ColorEFX Pro by NIK software. Sharpening with NIK’s Sharpener Pro and noise in the darker areas and sky was taken care of with Noiseware. I did add a bit of a motion blur to one layer and blend it back in for the water and clouds. I thought this gave it a bit more dreamy appearance just in those areas.
Now this is the kind of Southern Comfort that I could deal with. With summer winding down on this cloudy, rainy holiday weekend, I just had to have me some sunrise and palm trees to warm me up. So naturally, I head back into the archives from Key West, Florida.