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New on 500px : The Summer Sun by TrigPhotography by TrigPhotography

Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island
July 8th, 2014 at 7:51PM

Some info on Colt State Park:

“Colt State Park’s 464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines stands in contrast to one of Rhode Island’s charming, compact, historic seaports, the Town of Bristol. On July 4th, every year since 1785, the town of Bristol puts on America’s team colors and hosts a national celebration that’s actually older than the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Fittingly, it was Rhode Island which closed that exercise, and the nation began.

Colt State Park is often referred to as the ‘Gem’ of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays ten large playfields, a historical museum, six picnic groves containing 400+ picnic tables, and its popular open air Chapel-By-The-Sea.”

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New on 500px : The Roses of Pemaquid Point by Jon_Secord by Jon_Secord

“The Roses of Pemaquid Point”

This is easily one of my favorite photos from my 3 week trip to Maine. These roses, Rosa Rugosa- also called Beach or Dune Roses, were everywhere along the coast. To say I was excited about this composition would be a huge understatement, and while I was taking the foreground exposures the moon started to rise over the horizon to my left, providing some beautiful light.

Such an amazing lighthouse and the geology on Pemaquid Point was some of the most interesting I have ever seen. Some of you may recognize this lighthouse- it was featured on the Maine state quarter

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New on 500px : Seguin Island Light by Jon_Secord by Jon_Secord

Seguin Island Lighthouse is located roughly 2.5 miles off the coast of Popham Beach, Maine. As far as I can tell, this is the first Milky Way photo ever taken there. This is by far the most work I’ve ever done for a single photo, and figuring out all the logistics of staying on this island overnight was a bit overwhelming. Luckily, I got permission from the lighthouse organization and ended up with a perfectly clear night. Amazing experience.

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New on 500px : Swan Boats by lucianolop by lucianolop

The Swan Boats are a fleet of dual-pontooned pleasure boats which operate in a pond in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become a cultural icon for the city (Wikipedia).

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New on 500px : Boulder Beach and Otter Cliffs by adamwoodworth by adamwoodworth

Boulder Beach and Otter Cliffs
Acadia National Park, Maine

The view of Otter Cliffs from Boulder Beach is one of the classic sights in Acadia, but it took me a few trips to Acadia before I finally went there and was able to photograph it at night. Prior to my last trip, all my trips to Acadia had ended up with lots of clouds and fog, but last week I was lucky to get a few clear nights.

In my astrophotography presentations, after I mention the blending of multiple exposures I use to achieve these photos, I sometimes get asked how much time goes into the editing of a photo. For this photo it was over 4 hours of processing on the computer. This photo is a blend of 14 exposures, although logically it is a blend of 5 images. What do I mean by that? I used 10 images of the sky at ISO 6400 for 10 seconds each to create a single image of the sky that has less noise and near pinpoint stars using the Starry Landscape Stacker (http://ift.tt/1iZwUI9) software for Mac. Then I used 4 other foreground exposures to blend with the sky image to create the entire image, having everything in focus from the foreground to the background. After that, lots of work in Lightroom and Photoshop to “mold” my final image.

You can read much more about my process in my tutorial “Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography” on the Luminous Landscape website: http://ift.tt/1nQqJxM

#astrophotography #acadia #maine #milkyway #night #stars

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New on 500px : Spirit of Maine by BenjaminMWilliamson by BenjaminMWilliamson

It felt so good to get out and shoot this morning. I haven’t made too many sunrises in the past month or so, mainly because the light hasn’t been too promising, but also because I haven’t had the will to deprive myself of sleep. The rewards are evident, but it’s just plain hard to get up at 4 AM.

4 AM it was when the alarm went off this morning. I rolled out of bed and checked the satellite images on my phone. The clouds looked good for a dramatic sunrise, so I considered my options. The skies were clear from Augusta to Belfast, so heading Northeast wasn’t looking good. I-295 South would take me to the better light. After driving for a while, I could see the break beneath the bank of clouds was fairly far south. This meant that I would need to go further south. Portland was my first thought, but Old Orchard Beach was growing in my mind.

What I’m saying here is, whenever I plan for a shoot, it’s always contingent on finding the best light. If I go to sleep thinking of great shots around Camden, as I did last night, but I wake up to find that the light looks like it will be better to the south, south I go. Anyways, Old Orchard seemed like the best option for good light, but as happens time and time again, I felt a strong pull to visit Portland Head Light.

I usually park outside the gate at PHL and walk in, but for some reason the gate was wide open at 4:45 AM! Nice. Scouting shots and compositions is always a joy here. I had in mind a panorama of the horseshoe-shaped cove on the more popular side of the lighthouse, but as the light began to really blow up, I was having difficulties panning the head on my cheap tripod. If there was ever a wake-up call for upgrading to better gear, this was it. I was wasting precious time and the sunrise was quickly becoming epic.

I did what I could with the pano, but the amount of bracketing required to get the shadowed foreground and lighthouse and blazing sky properly exposed was too much. I quickly reviewed the h

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New on 500px : Morning Breeze! by demetrimarina by demetrimarina

DESCRIPTION Cape Neddick Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Cape Neddick, York, Maine. In 1874 Congress appropriated $15,000 to build a light station at the “Nubble” and in 1879 construction began. Cape Neddick Light Station was dedicated by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and put into use in 1879. It is still in use today. Plans had been in the works to build a lighthouse on the site since 1837. The tower is lined with brick and sheathed with cast iron. It stands 41 feet (12 m) tall but the light is 88 feet (27 m) above sea level because of the additional height of the steep rocky islet on which it sits.
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New on 500px : Fog over Tide by MichaelBlanchette by MichaelBlanchette

Nubble Light is located on Cape Neddick in York, Maine. The lighthouse has been in operation since 1879, when it was built to protect sailors from the hazards of a rocky Maine coast. It has changed hands several times over its service life. It was initially called Knubble Lighthouse, and then renamed Cape Neddick Lightstation while in the care of the US Coast Guard. In 1997, the Town of York was given permanent guardian status over the lighthouse. The lighthouse is listed on the Register of Historic Places. This image was made at sunrise and high tide on a foggy morn.
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New on 500px : Morning Walk by MacClaus by MacClaus

The beautiful Good Harbor Beach a few minutes before sunrise.
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