Sunset over a Maine classic.

dramatic sky over Portland head light at sunset
The waves are coming to get me!
Seconds after pressing the shutter on this shot the wave rolling in from the left caught me off guard, spraying me and my camera.

It’s been several years since my last visit to this iconic lighthouse along the coast of Maine. Fortunately, a few weeks back my good friend Nate sent me last minute text to say he had the evening off from work and to ask if I would be interested in getting out for sunset?

Of course I was interested, but then came the issue of where to go?

Portland head light with a dramatic sunset sky and rocky foreground
That wonderful swirl in the foreground and the way the ripples in the water reflected the colors in the sky above, practically screamed for a vertical composition.

After a little research using PhotoPills to see how the sun would line up at several different seacoast locations we decided on Portland Head Light. Having only photographed at PHL at sunrise I had always wondered how it would be at sunset? The biggest question being, would there be enough late day light falling on the lighthouse to make it worth the hour+ drive?

As it turned out, not only was the light great, there was also an amazing sky and some really good wave action too!

sunset and big crashing waves with Portland head light in the background
This wave missed me, but not for a lack of trying.
It pays to keep one eye on the camera and one on the sea.

So yea, definitely worth the drive.

Gear used to make these images:

Camera ~ Fujifilm X-T3

Lens ~ Fujifilm XF16mmF1.4R WR

Filter ~ Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Circular Polarizer in Firecrest 100 filter holder.

Tripod/Head ~ Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber with Acratech Ultimate ballhead.

5 thoughts on “Dancing With Waves At PHL.

    1. Pretty obvious why it’s one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US isn’t it. I’m generally not a huge lighthouse fan, but when I’m in a lighthouse kind of mood this is one of the ones I go to.

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