Lighthouses are always great subjects for photography, as they often are located in picturesque locations and their architecture makes them stand out from their surroundings (intentionally).
The lighthouse at Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine, sits on the rugged rocks on the southern tip of the island. Of course, Mount Desert Island is best known as the home of Acadia National Park, which is a truly gorgeous park with lots of trails and easy access to many areas, including Cadillac Mountain.
This lighthouse dates back to the 19th century with the original monies for its construction being appropriated by Congress in 1855 and its construction completing in 1876.
On the day that we visited the area, it was nigh impossible to get a wider angle view of the lighthouse without a significant number of tourists in the shot, so I opted to frame the shot with the trees, which I think worked pretty well.
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. Exposure settings were 1/40 second at f/10 and 160 ISO.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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12 thoughts on “Lighthouses – Bass Harbor”
Thank you very much!!
Framing it with the trees worked out really well.
Thank you! I thought it was a good alternative.
Lighthouses are on of those dreamy subjects for me. Great shot. 🙂
Thank you very much! They make me think of another era.
Me too, also they appear on literature so much. It’s like they are from another world: a safe place.
Your viewpoint and framing works very well indeed! Since you are featuring such a neat window won’t you consider tagging it Monday Window?
Thank you! I like your thought on the Monday Window! Cool idea
Love it!!! One of my favorite cds is “A Quiet Shore” by Tim Janis. And my favorite piece of the cd is called “Bass Harbor Light.” Now I know where Bass Harbor is! Cool!
Thank you! That’s an interesting set of connections.