The Coastline of Maine is no secret to photographers and vacationers far and wide. The vast coastline is home to unknown numbers of cliffs, rocky beaches, lighthouses, lobster boats, quaint villages, and tranquil harbors. Maine is home to over 3,400 miles of coastline, and that’s more than California. Throw in over two thousand coastal islands, and it’s easy to see why millions of visitors flock here each year during the summer months. Many of those visitors include photographers. The Coast is home to Acadia National Park, one of the best national parks(in my opinion). Photographers and visitors alike are attracted to all the subjects mentioned above, plus they also help consume the 70 million pounds of lobster and 40 million pounds of Blueberries harvested each year. Even photographers have to eat.
For me, the first week of July each year is spent photographing the Maine coast. I usually spend my time on the south coastline, which means from Portland south to Kittery. I typically stay in the town of Kennebunkport because it is centrally located within the southern coast, and the surrounding area is photogenic. When I choose to head north or south to other coastal locations, my drive is less than an hour. However, 2020 is not a typical year. COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions have left many establishments that cater to visitors scrambling, trying to figure out what was permitted and was not. The southern coast, with its higher population of both residents and visitors, was harder hit with illness and, as a result, had more restrictions. For me, the southern coast was out this year. My trip this year would have to begin further up the coast.
My favorite locations to photograph along Maine’s mid-coast is a stretch that starts in the town of Rockland and heads north to Acadia National Park This area encompasses the scenic harbor towns of Rockport and Camden and an area of coastal land known as Owl’s Head. Owl’s head is home to many coastal communities, such as Port Clyde, Tenants Harbor, Martinville, and South Thomaston. It is also home to two lighthouses of note, the first being the aptly named Owl’s headlight, and the second is the Marshall Point Light made famous in the movie Forrest Gump. For this trip, I would stay in Rockland and concentrate my photographic efforts in the Owls’ Head, Camden, and Rockport locations. I was keeping all areas within a half-hour car ride at the longest.
Summer weather on the Maine coast can vary greatly. It can get hot when there is lots of sunshine, and it can be downright cold when the sun is absent. The weather on this trip offered mostly the latter, which is not a bad thing when it comes to photography. Lots of fog and mist mixed with cold, damp temperatures create plenty of moody scenes, and I was determined to take advantage of all these conditions. I did get one lovely sunset at Marshall point Lighthouse. So I was happy with my photo opportunities during this trip.
Equipment used for this trip:
- Nikon Z6 camera body.
- Nikon Z 14- 30mm f/4 lens.
- Nikon Z 24 -70 f/2.8 lens.
- Nikon 28 – 300 f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR lens with FTZ adapter.
- Really Right Stuff Tripod TVC – 24 MkII with BH-40 Ball Head.