Midcoast Maine

Midcoast Maine

The place:

This area is referenced as “Mid-coast Maine”.  These photos were all taken during a week in October 2020, using the city of Bath as a base.  The area covered is from Port Clyde to the east to the Harspwell region just southwest of Bath.  There are a series of peninsula’s, and it takes about 30 minutes to drive to each southern tip.

Capturing this place with a camera:

  • This area is as rich an area for capturing images as any I know.  It is truly spectacular.  My first advice is to give preference to the lesser known areas over Boothbay, which is busy.  Bailey Island, for example, is extraordinary.
  • A must is Popham Beach.  There is a facebook page “I LOVE Popham Beach” to accommodate the vast number of fans of this place.  It is very important though to time a visit with low tide, such that you can walk out onto several islands.  Try working with the dunes along the entrance with black and white.  Lots of moods to this one place given tides, time of day, and weather.
  • For lighthouse photography there are Pemaquid and Marshall Point Lighthouses.  For Pemaquid, try working with the bell tower and the Lighthouse together in the frame.  I started two of the days at sunrise in this spot.
  • Bailey Island is very special.  This is an example of a working lobster harbor.
  • For a general plan/approach for photographing a superb area, pick a peninsula to explore with the camera from sunrise then for 3 hours.  Enjoy a break mid-day, and pick a different peninsula for the last 3 hours of daylight.  

Interesting fact about this place:

The bridge onto Bailey Island is unique in the world… and known as the cribstone bridge.  It is constructed of locally quarried granite in a pattern that allows the tide to flow through.

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