Portland Head Light. September 6, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Canon 24mm f/3.5L TS-EII lens, Elliot, Portland Head Light, tilt-shift photography
On my way south from my visit with friends Mike and Cindy in Maine, I drove a couple of curlie-cues to take photos of Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
I wanted something a bit removed from the I-phone images which doubtless make up the mass of the action here, so chose to catch as much of the scene as I could with Elliot, my 24mm tilt-shift lens.
Here’s the light through a scrim of beach roses:
…with rose hips vying for attention with the remaining blossoms.
Another shot, with lilies in the mix:
Elliot gave me some advantage here over the point-and-shoots and cell phones, extending my depth of field by a lot. I laid my plane of sharp focus along all the axes of the compass to get these photos, and hope the difference is apparent.
Wave-swept granite below the light:
…beautifully sculpted by the ocean and the seasons over uncounted years. I scrambled over fences and down the steeps to crab-walk along ledges to get a low-tide perspective:
Elliot was delightful in this setting. The verticality of the Maine coast played to his strengths, and hard swings of his objective lens got me what I was there for.
Here’s a classic Portland Head Light shot, but with goldenrod representing in the foreground thanks to Elliot’s contortions:
Thanks, kid. You complete me. 🙂