In the mid-1800s when logging was the primary trade in northern Maine, dozens of ships would ply the waters along the St. Croix River. A dramatic bend was the cause for several wrecks and the building of a lighthouse was completed in 1898, replacing a tree lantern that had been in use for twenty years. The lighthouse property served as Coast Guard housing for decades and is now privately owned. The lighthouse beacon is still licensed as an active aid by the Coast Guard and the tower is maintained by the St. Croix Historical Society. It is the northernmost lighthouse in Maine and the river is the natural border between the US and Canada. I was able to locate the owners and received permission to shoot on the grounds late into the night. Upon arrival I was invited into the home for an evening meal before heading out for the shoot. For several days prior to the shoot the weather forecasts had called for clear skies but an approaching offshore tropical depression had advanced further north and east than expected. The owners had also said they were leaving for their winter home the following morning and the opportunity to shoot on the property was quickly fading. The saying “you’re only as good as your best intel” was appropriate on this night as the visible stars were all by nonexistent due to the cloud cover. This was the final image for the project as the deadline was looming and to make the book it had to happen without stars. It was this night or not at all. The tide had started to ebb giving ample room to get an interesting angle from the river though the rocks were quite slippery and were kelp and seaweed covered. The project’s standard lighting package was used though for several angles a third LED light was added since the property was so large. Some of the grassy areas were then light painted with a handheld flashlight.
Calais, Maine August 29, 2017 9:50pm 57° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens ISO 1250 f2.8 15secs