Another image from the rediscovered “archives” –
Most of Maine’s lighthouses sit, of course, on the eastern edge of the United States. That doesn’t mean, though, that they’re all sunset images. Many are, as is the case with this one. Quite a few aren’t, however. You have to remember that the coast of Maine is just a little bit twisted as it winds north to Canada. So in some instances, a sunrise image is the best one you’ll likely get.
Not so with the Nubble (at least from the “land” side). A sunrise shot will leave the light not much more than a silhouette in your frame. The sun will rise directly behind it. If you want the best possible light, get there right around sunset and wait for the sun to disappear below the horizon behind you. At that point, the lighttower will turn an amazing shade of yellow (if you’re lucky). You also have the added benefit of sleeping in in the morning. Not a small thing.
My choice on this day a few years back, though, was to go for the silhouette. With all the clouds rolling around, I think it worked pretty well. It works even better, I think, as a black and white image. Maybe I’ll try again in a couple of days. With any luck at all, it’ll be just me and the seagulls.