Post Cards From Maine
If you are looking for a picturesque setting in which to photograph landscapes, seascapes, and people, I highly recommend Maine. The light is wonderful, and so are the people. You can use Rockport or neighboring Camden as your home base. Both towns have plenty of motels and bed and breakfasts, but you need to make a reservation well in advance, due to the popularity of the area and the number of festivals (including the July Lobster Festival) that draw tourists from around the country.
Here are two tips for traveling
and getting great shots: First, you will notice as you read through this
column, I only used two lenses for this photo shoot. When traveling, I
found that traveling light has an advantage: I don't miss shots
hunting through my camera bag looking for lenses. Second, drive around
on back roads as much as you can. You'll find countless photo ops,
from buildings to people to scenery.
Pemaquid can be a one-hour
or a several-hour drive south of Rockport (if you take your time and photograph
along the way). In Pemaquid, the main attraction is the Pemaquid Lighthouse,
which is surrounded by spectacular granite rock formations--these
also make wonderful photographic subjects. For my shots of the lighthouse,
I set my 16-35mm lens to 16mm and pointed my camera up toward the lighthouse's
beacon. A small aperture helps to get everything in focus. A polarizing
filter helped to darken the sky, which I darkened even more in Photoshop.
The fence was my foreground element, which added a sense of depth to the
Camden Harbor is filled with
wonderful sailing boats, which make nice subjects. For perhaps a more
creative image, try to capture a boat's reflection. Underexpose
just a bit to bring out the colors in the scene. For this shot, I used
my 28-105mm lens set at 105mm.
Rick Sammon is the author of "Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography." See www.ricksammon.com for details.
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