It’s Only Waves

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…


The surf at Pemaquid Point in early morning light

Always New

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

-Victor Hugo – Les Misérables


I had realized by the very last day of the trip to Maine that I had yet to experience a sunrise on the coast. The day of the journey back to home began with an early morning trip to Pemaquid Point and the often photographed lighthouse there. Soon after getting a few shots of the light, my attention turned to the sea as is often the case. The clouds here are moving eastward and the sky was opening up after the previous days’ rain. It was a fitting beginning to the day and as well as a fitting end to the trip overall.


The sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean at Pemaquid Point in Maine


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 16mm Focal Length, 1/50 sec @ f/16 ISO 100 (w/circular polarizer)

More and more often I am finding a single exposure that can be used for the final image, with Lightroom taking care of most of the processing. I was able to tone down the brightness of the sky and get detail from the foreground rocks in just the 0 exposure. I used OnOne’s Perfect Effects to add a very slight texture and more color to the sky and color correct the rocks in the foreground. I find that when I am processing shots with water, I often notice too much “blue” in the water. I think that this is because a single color temperature setting for a scene with water in it often does not work as the sky, foliage, etc. has very different reflective properties from water. So the water always ends up being a little too cool or blue. When I see this, I use the saturation slider in Lightroom specifically for the blue channel. You can crank this all the way up and see very obviously where the blue is hiding, then tone it back down until the water looks about right. This works especially well for waterfalls as I like my falls to look nice and crisp and white. Just be careful as you are applying a global adjustment to the image. You don’t want to desaturate other areas of the photo where you might want the blue channel to show through.