Maine Photo Highlights

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The Portland Head Light, Maine

Hello friends! I am back from our ten day vacation in Maine, with over a thousand pictures now safely loaded onto my hard drive, and a million memories to look back upon when homesickness hits me. As evidenced by the shot above, we cannot go back without taking the obligatory shot of the Portland Head Light – I must have a million of them by now. I know many people have little interest in viewing someone else’s vacation pictures, but I figure this specific audience would appreciate them more than most. The fact that I was blessed with a couple of truly great rental lenses from Pro Photo Rental (an EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS telephoto, and an EF 16-35 f/2.8L II wide angle, reviews forthcoming) really helped me to capture the authentic nature of the surroundings in which we found ourselves. It’s going to be tough to send those puppies back, later on today.

Speaking of lenses, I think I’ve found the perfect combination for vacation photography. A standard use lens, such as my 17-55 f/2.8; a telephoto lens, and a wide angle lens. These three lenses seem to strike the right balance of photographic flexibility, without packing on too much gear to be conveniently lugged about. Also, word to the wise – if you’re traveling for an extended period of time, it is great to have the ability to back up photo files while on vacation. I had my laptop with me and transferred RAW files from camera to computer daily. With wireless connectivity and accommodating hotels, I was also able to back up edited JPEG files to Flickr. That I was able to ensure the safety of these captured memories went a long way toward securing my peace of mind.

So! Without further ado, here are a handful of shots that delighted me the most. I hope you enjoy them!

Margaret Todd

This is the four-masted schooner, the “Margaret Todd”, which calls the town of Bar Harbor home. Next trip, I vow to take a cruise on her. This shot was taken with my 17-55mm f/2.8 lens.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

This is the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, located in the town of Bristol. It was a steely gray day, and the tide was coming in quite dramatically. We observed an intrepid photographer clambering among the rocks, who barely escaped the encroaching waves as they crashed ever closer to his perch. His wife was yelling at him furiously from her seat higher up. I sympathized with him – I, too, would risk a dunking to get a good shot. I don’t think I’d risk my camera as much as he did, though. This shot was taken with the wide-angle EF 16-35 f/2.8L II, which performed quite well, I think, in the portrait position.

Osprey in Woolwich, Maine

This family of osprey have made their home on a tower that was specially built for them, by the owner of the Taste of Maine Restaurant in the town of Woolwich. My husband and I sat on their patio and had dinner while observing the birds, and this shot was taken with the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS telephoto lens, enhanced with a 2x converter.

I will probably regale you all with more pictures, especially in demonstration of the performance of the individual lenses I used. It’s hard not to let my love of the state of Maine effect my writing! If you’re curious about any of the places I’ve visited, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment.

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  • Jrsforums

    WHat does the 16-35 2.8 offer that is not available to you on the 17-55 (except 1mm)? That is on an IQ basis.

  • Dennis

    Superb images…all of them! I, too have a lot of fun with my ultrawide lens when the right subject matter presents itself.

    I look forward to seeing more images from your Maine vacation.

    Regards…..Dennis