With fall making its presence known and the sun favoring the southern hemisphere, I have been finishing off a few photos from my summer in Maine. I like this one in particular as it has a lot of elements that remind me of my time there. Sure, there was ocean and salty air, cool lighthouses and awesome rocky beaches. But this little garden area next to the ice cream shop was pretty cool too. Yeah. It’s the little things……
The beautifully colored layers of rock on the coast of Maine. Bailey Island is full of great spots to witness the ocean and land converging in the most dramatic ways. My favorite that I witnessed during our trip out there was along The Giants Stairs Trail. You can climb out onto the rocks (depending on the conditions) and get as close to the ocean waves as you dare. I took about three trips to this spot.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
Settings: 14mm Focal Length, 1/20 sec @ f/22 and ISO 100
Processing: As I almost always do, I took six bracketed images for this scene. In the end, this scene was captured quite well in the base exposure. I was able to get some detail in the sky and I also had lots of great color and detail in the rocks, so I scrapped the other exposures. Lightroom handled the highlight recovery and some contrast. Then, on to Color EFX Pro for some color correction and added contrast. Noise was minimal, so I did not have to use anything more than a slight adjustment in Lightroom. The one added element here is the fogginess on the left side. I thought there was too much contrast across the board and I really wanted all the contrast to be focused on the rocks. I used Color EFX Pro’s graduated Fog Filter, tweaked to just the areas I wanted to tone down. I think it helps with the overall mood of the image as well.
Small scenes such as this one epitomize the state of Maine just as much as powerful waves crashing against the rocks or iconic lighthouses. When I am out with my camera in a new place, I try to make a point of capturing the little things as well as the beautiful vistas.
I can’t even tell you how many photos I might have of this little boat. The reason – it was moored just off the dock at the place we stayed in Maine last month (was it last month already?) Every time I walked down to the water, this little boat beckoned my camera. This one was taken not too long after sunset and about as calm as I saw this little cove ever get.
The Giant’s Stairs on Bailey Island, Maine are a rock shelf that drops into the ocean. With dramatic ridges, there are plenty of places for the water to crash as the tides come in. While exploring around this area, there was a lot of graffiti on the surrounding rocks. Some recent and some that were legible dating back into the 1950s at least. This cross caught my eye and made me wonder who took the time to mark this spot and why.