In the light of day…


On our way back home from New York today, it just happened to be around lunchtime as we crossed over the Piscataqua River from New Hampshire into Maine, so we stopped in York for sandwiches from a local deli. When I sheepishly suggested that we enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and have ourselves a picnic at the lighthouse… I was thrilled when both Lori and Jack were in total agreement – they are so patient with me and my camera! I know I said no more photographs from this location, but before I do a refresh of the blog, I wanted to share a couple more from our brief return visit today. Besides, in most of the photographs from my last visit, all you could see was the silhouette of the lighthouse!

On my previous visit I had arrived before dawn, but because we were in a hurry to continue our journey on to New York, I only stayed until about 20 minutes after sunrise. The light was obviously very different then, and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring a darkened landscape which was somewhat unfamiliar to me. This afternoon though, as the bright sunlight played hide-and-seek from behind the clouds, I was obviously able to recognize much of the terrain. My previous sunrise visit had coincided with high tide, and what do you know… it was high tide again when we arrived this afternoon. If anything though, today’s tide was even higher, actually making it impossible for me to get to some of the ledges and rocks I had used as shooting locations on my last visit.

We all know that the softer light of the early morning or late afternoon often makes for more dramatic landscape photographs, and truth be told, I live for the peacefulness and solitude that you can experience at these times… but there’s no rule that says you can’t shoot in the middle of the day, especially if the conditions are just right. Blue skies with puffy clouds, high tide breaking fiercely over a rugged coastline, and a striking subject that is pretty much one-of-a-kind… I’d say the conditions were just right!

18 thoughts on “In the light of day…

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Carol… I love days like these when the air is clear and cool. Just checked, and that third one is definitely there… try re-freshing your browser and let me know if the problem persists – thanks.

  1. ua14

    You are truly a gifted photographer! I save your art work and use the pics as wallpaper, my friends are envious, because I REFUSE to give up my source! I literally gasp at the beauty you capture.

    We love you here in Birmingham, Alabama!

  2. corinne

    David….gorgeous photos…I’m so glad your family was patient. I am eagerly waiting your new refreshed page. I am kinda new to the whole blogging world…..and am having some trouble navigating through the system to set up drop down files. My husband has put me in charge of our site set up! Yikes. Have any advice to a specific theme that would allow that or which setting would allow me to do it?


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