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Highlight of June: Photographing Bass Harbor Lighthouse & How to Make YOUR Photo Just Right!

June 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
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Marquette, MI  - June 27, 2016  -  We're back from our long trip! Saddleback Photography accomplished a pretty good new record for ourselves hitting 4 different states in 72 hours! Visiting Boston to see my sister for her bridal shower and bachelorette party, my sister and I made our way from Mass to Rhode Island, then New Hampshire and finally, Maine. We spent a total of 2 and a half days in Maine spotting in Portland on the way up to Bar Harbor.

On our second day in Maine, I was determined to get to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse for sunset! The evening was setting up for a perfect night with the golden sun peaking through the clouds. We made it to Bass Harbor just as the sun was starting to go down and the colors filled the sky. Oranges, pinks, and purples painting the sky in between the thin lines of clouds.

When I found a place to set up, I met a number of other photographers there for the same exact reason! My favorite shot from the night was me getting creative and catching the reflection of the lighthouse in a calm pool of water!

Wondering how to set up for a night similar to this? Here's our camera settings and suggestions:

  1. DSLR Camera - We used a Nikon D7000, however, any camera where you can control the shutter speed and ISO will do.
  2. Tripod - You do not have to spend a lot of money on good gear to get a shot like this, however, a tripod is 100% necessary!
  3. Wide Angle Lens - We suggest a wider angle lens for shots like this. We used a Tokina 11-16, but a basic 18-55 kit lens will also work
    1. Note, if using a standard f4.5 kit lens, you will likely need a higher ISO than the settings suggested, or attempt a longer exposure time.
  4. Camera Settings - Our shot was taken at:
    1. Focal Length - 11 mm (in 35mm: that's 16mm)
    2. Shutter Speed - 1/30 seconds
    3. Aperture - F9
    4. ISO - 1250
  5. Other Suggestions -
    1. Shoot in Raw - To get a final image like this, it is MUCH easier to acquire when shooting in Raw format.
    2. Use a Remote Trigger - Whether it is wireless, wired to the camera, or even a 2 second delay timer, use one of these things to keep your camera from moving during the exposure!
    3. Enjoy the moment!!!!!!!!!!
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