Dawn at Fort Foster

The New England coastline is a thing of beauty.  This image is from the Maine coast at Fort Foster and was taken just as the day’s first light crept over the horizon, illuminating the wispy clouds and Whaleback Lighthouse in the distance.

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Whaleback Lighthouse from Kittery

Fort Foster is a phenomenal waterfront park in Kittery, Maine full of rocky coastline, fields and a pier.  Fort Foster also has a front row seat for east coast sunrises and for Whaleback Lighthouse as seen in the distance.

Seascape from Fort Foster

A cool morning in New England provides great photographic opportunities.  One morning I headed out to Fort Foster with some friends at sunrise, and came away with a few shots I was happy with.  The rocks in the foreground are in Maine while the image looks out into Portsmouth Harbor with Whaleback Lighthouse in the distance.

Time

It’s easy to forget that a photograph is a period of time captured and immortalized.  I always strive to make a good photograph – something that conveys a sense of place, a feeling, an emotion or elicits a reaction.  There are definitely an infinite number of ways to approach a shot, a scene, or a moment…and I often gravitate to the ways I have become most comfortable with.  This shot definitely does not fall within that range…it’s two minutes and sixteen seconds of recorded time at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine during a muted sunset over the pier and Portsmouth in the distance. When you’re using tools to experiment with capturing a scene, it can be stressful…especially when so much time is at risk and you’re on the sidelines until the exposure is complete.  I happen to love the shot and the overall softness of the scene…and with the unfamiliar texture of the water, thanks to the duration of 2 minute and 16 seconds of setting sun and rolling waves at high tide.

Sunrise | Fort Foster

And so another week begins.  And as each work week begins with a Monday…each day starts with a sunrise.  I was glad to witness this gorgeous sunrise at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine…with some nice waves as high tide rolled in with the day.  It’s really something else to witness the first rays of light creep over the horizon.

The Lone Tree

Spending time at Fort Foster during the first minutes of daylight was a great decision this weekend.  I spent equal parts of the morning running around to try and get great shots & strolling around just enjoying the view.  There was something about this lone tree along the coast that struck me as majestic and very peaceful.  I grabbed the 10-stop neutral density filter and made a 65-second exposure, getting some dreamy light on the tree’s bare limbs and some soft water texture with the movement of the tide.  Whaleback Lighthouse is a nice treat in the background.

On another note, I would like to acknowledge all of the wonderful people who bring a positive vibe to the photography community, and recognize those who provide their feedback (whether good or bad – as long as it’s constructive).  If you know me or have ever taken the time to chat (which I’m ALWAYS up for doing), you’ll know that I definitely don’t know everything there is to know about photography (and don’t profess to) – but I am always happy to share what I do with those who want to learn, and always encourage others, while seeking growth for myself.  This weekend’s sunrise shoot with some very talented gentlemen (who seriously humble me) was a great example of that….I came back with a few shots that I’m happy with, but have seen some iconic and epic landscapes that made my jaw drop.  At the end of the day, I think it’s important to pay it forward, always be appreciative, and always strive for better.  A sincere thanks to all those who deserve it – I’m glad you stopped by to read today and hope you enjoy the tree.