Dawn at the Nubble Lighthouse

After 3 weeks in the United States, I’m finally back and have been able to start processing the many photos I took during the trip. I was fortunate to photograph so many amazing and beautiful locations in New England, it was difficult to know where to begin, but I figured – where better to begin than the beginning!

This photo comes from the oddly named but stunning Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. Officially known as the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, it began operations in 1879 and is still in use today. It’s one of America’s most iconic lighthouses; in fact the spacecraft Voyager I contains a photo of the lighthouse (among other beautiful places on earth) so that, in the event aliens find it, maybe they’ll be less likely to destroy us. Just kidding about that last part, although you never know what the good folks of NASA might be thinking!

The trip to the lighthouse made for an early morning – I left around 3:45am so I could get out to the coast in time for sunrise. Unfortunately, or so I thought as I neared the coastline, it ended up being cloudy. But this is a perfect example of how important it is not to get sulky when weather doesn’t work according to plan. You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you react to it, and with a flexible, positive attitude you might end up being thankful things worked out differently! I certainly was here. The clouds and colors were incredible, and in fact the cloudy weather helped control the light so I had more time to shoot in optimal conditions.

This is a composite shot made up of 3 or 4 different images. I did preliminary edits in Lightroom, followed by the main edits in Photoshop, including luminosity mask blending and adjustment layers for coloring and light. You can learn how I process my images by purchasing my brand new Digital Workshop – learn more about the workshop by clicking here.

Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR
Shot Info: f/11 | Multiple Exposures (blended) | ISO 200 | 16mm

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