Steph and I took a trip north with our little munchkin to visit some of our oldest friends, who also happen to be the reason we met each other. Ogunquit Beach at dusk was a magical place after a dinner downtown, with some beautiful pastels in the sky and warm summer air with the refreshing ocean breeze. I’ve got many more images to share from our little summer getaway that I’m looking forward to sharing!
A quick trip to Barnacle BIlly’s last fall during a foggy afternoon provided some great quintessential New England waterfront images. I love a good moody shot of a sailboat on the water.
It doesn’t take a boat to be a fisherman. This gentleman was strolling up and down the shore in Ogunquit, Maine in an effort to catch something. It was both enjoyable and fascinating to watch, as the sun set on the east coast. Taken with a 100-300mm older zoom lens, I was trying to get out of my usual pattern of grand landscape shots. I like the vignetting on the lens from being wide open as I tried to try and freeze the fisherman’s cast.
The proud owners of these oceanfront homes get to enjoy this magnificent view day in and day out. We were driving around Ogunquit when we stumbled on this road, which happened to be well positioned to catch the clouds and their reflections in the ocean. The depth in the shot with the walkways and the fence drew me in immediately, so we absolutely had to pull over for a few quick exposures.
To our north, Maine enjoys a much longer coastline than we do here in New Hampshire. That is a great thing, so I decided to travel up the coast with some family over the weekend to go for a wet walk on the Marginal Way. We broke up our stroll with a delicious and traditional lobster-shack type meal in the warm interior of Barnacle Billy’s (complete with fire). I had never came over to this side of Perkins Cove before – and sure enough, it was worth the visit. I loved the foggy atmosphere and the absolutely classic coastal look with the various sailboats and fishing vessels.
The Marginal Way in Ogunquit must be one of the most beautiful pulaces on the eastern seaboard. The rocky coastline is marked by a beautiful walking path, with direct water access and a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean and plenty of massive coastal homes. I’d shot here before, although in a limited area…and I found myself shooting in a new spot this time around. Immediately I recognized a landmark, as I’d seen beautifully captured before by my good friend Chris Lazzery – who has made some great images during his visits here.
The landmark was this massive lifeguard chair perched on the rock. It’s very striking when captured well…I’ve got a couple more exposures of it that I like and plan to share soon. I will definitely be back for another attempt!
This gentleman was enjoying the sunset from the Marginal Way as much as I was…I’m guessing this, because as I rushed around for 10 or 15 minutes trying to decide what I might shoot, he stood transfixed on the horizon and the gorgeous afternoon light as it retreated. Everyone is drawn to different things in the world at various times and places, but I think it’s safe to assume we were both enjoying taking in the view.
Today I’m featuring the same scene as shot by two very different cameras. As you can see, the light was simply gorgeous in the late afternoon on Veterans’ Day at Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. The image above was taken with my uncle’s beloved Hasselblad camera, dating back to somewhere in the 1950s or 1960s. This medium format camera is the dream of many photographers, and I’m lucky and thankful to have the opportunity to use it. This image was one of my favorites from the first roll of color film I had developed – using one of the lovely Carl Zeiss lenses I’ve been shooting with and writing about lately. Below, you can see another wave in the afternoon light as shot with my modern day dream of a digital camera, the Canon 5d Mark II. It’s incredible what advancements can take place in technology, and despite all this – some people still prefer to stick to the tried and true….although at this point I think it’s safe to say that the majority of photographers are shooting on digital cameras. Now, if I could only get my hands on a digital Hasselblad!
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thanks for visiting, I always appreciate your feedback and support. I’ve got an incredible amount to be thankful for this year, a wonderful family & new fiance, a great audience & community, and many milestones I’ve been thrilled and appreciative to record over the past year. Cheers to all & I hope you have a great day filled with thanks for all the things big & small that fill your days.