Monday, December 8, 2014

Sunrise, Sunset

Cape Elizabeth Light
Yesterday, as the song from Fiddler on the Roof, sunrise, sunset swiftly flows the day describes the day perfectly.  I met John Slonina and his group at Elizabeth headlight at 6:30 AM, where we all were hoping to get the sunrise over the lighthouse.  However, the sky to the east was a cloudy marble sky and the sky was clearing from the Northwest down.  The only problem we had was the temperature in the 30s with a brisk wind dropping the wind chill down into the 20s.  We had a watch our cameras so they would not get blown over.

A little technical information, I had sent both my Nikon D7100 and my D800 back to Nikon for cleaning and re-calibration, since my trip to Costa Rica.  As a NPS member I was able to obtain a Nikon D750 to use and try out.  All pictures were taken at a ISO 100, except the ones that I handheld where I boost my ISO up to 400.  All pictures, except those taken at Nubble Light were taken with the Tamron 28-75 mm lens.  At Nubble Light, I utilized the Nikon 70-200 F/2.8 lens.  All the pictures were processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

John Slonina has a number of day programs in the New England area that are worth taking.  He knows the areas extremely well.  You can find these programs at his website.

After photographing Cape Elizabeth light, we convoy down to the East Bay, Maine Audubon sanctuary in Biddeford, Maine, where we photographed the wave action on Sacco Bay.
Concentric Circle of Stones

Waves Crashing on the Rock at East Bay

Run off of the Wave Action
The next stop was Cape Porpoise, a town in Kennebunkport, Maine, where we photographed around the harbor.  There was many different objects to do close-ups.  After we finished photographing at Cape Porpoise, we went right across the street and had a superb lunch at the Pier 77.
The outside Lounge Area of the Bar at Pier 77

Lobster Trap
What I liked about this lobster trap was the different colors that were intermingled.

Sign at Cape Porpoise
We did a quick stop in Kennebunkport at the President Bush compound, afterwards we traveled down to Wells, where we try to find a snowy owl, but it was absent.

Next major stop was Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, again, where we did scenic and landscape views.
Harbor at Perkins Cove

Decorated Boat at Perkin Cove
A final stop was Nubble Light in Wells, Maine, so that we could capture the lighthouse at sunset.  The waves were crashing on the rocks giving interesting pictures.  And after the sun had set, the sky lit up with the nicest pink color.
Waves crashing on the rocks At Nubble Light

The Sky after Sunset at Nubble Light
Clouds Lit up after Sunset. Looking toward the Northwest.

Because my back was starting to give me more problems I did not stay as late as I want to, hopefully to get the moonrise of the full moon behind the lighthouse.  I needed to use my post processing skills to obtain the image that I imagined.  I superimposed a full moon behind Nubble Light.
Composite Picture of the Full Moon and Nubble Light

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