Postcards from Maine
This post comes from New England, U.S.A., where I’m currently travelling along the length of the beautiful Maine coast together with my family. It’s not a photography trip, although I did manage to convince my wife that a tripod, two lenses, a Nikon speedlight, a video camera, a shoot-through umbrella, a Justin clamp, lighting gels, several filters, three cable shutter releases, a GPS geotagging device, a Macbook, an iPad, external hard drives, and assorted batteries, cables, adaptors and chargers was the absolute bare minimum kit necessary for those holiday snaps of the kids.
We flew in to Boston, and from there, hired a car to drive up to the easternmost point in the U.S.A. – West Quoddy Head, Lubec, Maine. Along the way, we visited Portland, Freeport, Rockport, Bar Harbor and the Acadia National Park, Jonesport, Beals, Ellsworth, Camden, Boothbay Harbor, Old Orchard Beach and Kennebunk amongst other wonderful places. We had great weather: warm and sunny every day, except one, when it rained pretty much the whole day under a low cloud base and through fog. Got my photography juices going, but not family-holiday weather.
As a professional pilot, I have flown over this part of the United States many times, so it was great to see it all from the ground. It lived up to my expectations: New England is without doubt a beautiful part of the U.S.A., and I hope I’ll be back at some point for a dedicated photography trip.
It would’ve been great to spend more time looking at and photographing Maine’s famous lighthouses (there’s only so much lighthouse-viewing that a five-year-old and a one-year-old can take, let alone my long-suffering wife), but we did see three of Maine’s best: the Portland Head Light at Cape Elizabeth, Pemaquid Lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, and my favourite, the West Quoddy Lighthouse, although unfortunately not at the times of day nor in the weather and light which would have made photographing any of them worth much time and effort.
It has been a fantastic trip – over one thousand miles return driving the length of Maine – and, of the few photographs I shot which weren’t family pictures, here are three of my favourites: