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Ansel Adams once said that a true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. He then went one to write volumes about his photographs, and he would apparently talk about them to anyone who would listen. So much for pithy quotes. Since this is my blog, I will ignore Ansel Adams, and I will use this space to share the stories behind some of my favorite photographs: what I saw when I created the images, how the photos came to be, and why they are important to me. Consider this a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process. If you like what you see here, please visit my photography website: RobertBurnsPhotography.com

Friday, March 12, 2010

Portland Head Light 10-4-06

Lighthouses were constructed to guide ships through treacherous seas. In a way, they symbolize the age-old theme of man vs. nature. In this photograph of Portland Head Light, I placed the lighthouse in the upper portion of the photograph to emphasize its position of dominance over the rocky Maine coastline. It has been situated here since 1791, and it is still functional. I took this photo at 6:28 AM, approximately 14 minutes before sunrise. It was a magical moment. There were a few locals and tourists strolling or jogging. But for the most part, I had the lighthouse and this overlook to myself.  Five minutes later, the pinks and lavenders changed to shades of blue, and the moment passed. I felt fortunate to have witnessed this glorious spectacle, and even more fortunate to have captured this photograph. Canon 20D f/8 0.6 sec. ISO 100 10-22mm lens @15mm RobertBurnsPhotography.com


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