|This has been cropped from the 3 shot 35 megpixel panorama (seen further below) |
that I merged with the help of photoshop.
What I really like about the above scene is that it punctuated a wonderful day of skiing at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine with my daughter. Thanks to daylight savings, after leaving Bethel at 4pm, I was able to arrive at Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, Maine by about 6:30. This was 30 minutes before sunset.
It was so awesome that I could spend the day skiing (a token picture below) and then hit the coast for a sunset drive. There are not a lot of places on this earth (I don't imagine) where you can ski a major ski area and then be at the ocean photographing a lighthouse 2 1/2 hours later.
The drive was easy. I had checked this all out with mapquest before driving from Massachusetts to Maine where my daughter lives. From exit 7 on the Maine Turnpike (the York exit) it is only a 12 minute drive to the parking lot at the tip of Cape Neddick. That is where this picture was taken. The lighthouse itself is separated from the mainland by a narrow spit of water. I'm not sure, but perhaps at low tide one can walk across.
I wasn't sure I would get a good picture. Though the sky over Sunday River Ski Area had been blue all day long, there were thick high clouds along the coast. It was very dark when I arrived at the Cape Neddick parking lot. But it's good to be patient. With 15 minutes to go until sunset, the sun dropped below the cloud cover in the west and gave 5 minutes of bright light (the sides of the lighthouse and buildings seen here are facing west) before hitting more thick clouds near the horizon.
|Taken 7 minutes before the "golden" opportunity seen below.|
|This lighting lasted no more than 5 minutes.|
3 shot panorama, hand held, Olympus E-M5, 14-54II lens, F4, 1/125, ISO200
Larger images of all of these can be seen on my Web site here: