One of the key components to this project is adaptability. There are so many variables that go into each individual lighthouse shoot that failing to adapt to last minute changes in planning and scheduling would be at my peril. For several days prior to shooting Dice Head in Maine I’d been in close contact with a lighthouse keeper on Long Island and plans had been made to visit several on the same night. Everything was in place and the forecast had been repeatedly checked. As the shoot day got closer the forecast began to change and an approaching cold front was now threatening to move in much sooner than had been earlier anticipated. I had to then cancel the Long Island plans, but it looked as though that front would hit Maine much later so the plans were altered and instead of driving to the south shore of New York I headed north and east to Maine. I knew it was toward the end of the new moon phase and it was the last chance to shoot for the month. It was a five-hour drive to the town of Castine along the Maine Downeast coast to reach the lighthouse that was first established in 1828. For many years the lighthouse was replaced by a skeletal tower on the grounds and when that blew over in a storm the Coast Guard decided to put the light back into the lighthouse tower in 2007. The lighthouse is owned by the town and has keepers living within, but I had no prior arrangements to shoot on the property. I knocked on the door after arriving around sunset and was warmly greeted by the keepers who were totally interested in my lighthouse tales. They eagerly granted permission to shoot on the property and I quickly went about my work. I spent about an hour shooting various angles and came away with some nice images of this lovely lighthouse located on the eastern shore of the Penobscot River.
Castine, Maine December 4, 2016 6:21pm 28° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm ISO 1000 f2.8 20secs