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Thursday night I headed out to Nubble Lighthouse for sunset. The place was mobbed, as usual, and I pretty quickly packed it in. It was extremely difficult to find any shots that didn’t have a crowd of tourists all over the place.
3 hours later I returned and had the entire spit of land to myself. The skies were brilliantly clear and the tide was low. I explored carefully along the rocks near the ocean for a while, trying to find the best combination of stars and the lighthouse. I hung out for about 35 minutes shooting photos. I’ll eventually process these together into a star trail photo but in the meantime the single frame is still pretty sweet. York Beach is hardly an area that is free from light pollution and to be able to see this many stars this close to major population centers was pretty cool.
My trip to York this summer wasn’t all fireworks. One of the most famous lighthouses in the United States sits on an island just off of Cape Neddick. I made it out to Nubble Lighthouse four times to shoot. I shot a mix of stars, sunsets, and a sunrise and while I didn’t get extraordinary light during the day and while the stars were mostly blotted out by clouds, it was fun hopping around on the rocks along the water trying to find good compositions.
The shot leading this post is one of my favorites for the whole week. It was treacherous walk out along seaweed and barnacle covered rocks to the little spit seen in the very foreground. The water was breaking over the rocks and rushing around the spit with every swell that came in. Due to the way the coast and the lighthouse are arranged, I was usually shooting along the waterline to get the lighthouse in the shot. This prevented the dynamic type of composition that I was looking for, as the water was moving across my frame as opposed to directly towards my lens. This little spit provided the direct shot into the rushing water that I was looking for, along with the stunning backdrop of the illuminated lighthouse and island.