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Painting With Light at the Pemaquid Lighthouse in Maine

Painting the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point

I recently conducted my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. This year was my fifteenth year dating back to 1984. Of all the workshops I teach around the world, this is considered the granddaddy of them all. It is one of the original photography workshops established. Most of the other workshops have patterned themselves after it.

Sitting in the shadow of the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point with an incredible view, my class and I enjoyed lunch provided by the workshop. I had taken them there to scout the lighthouse, and with my software called Sunpath and a hand bearing compass called a Morin 2000, I showed them how to determine where the sun was going to rise (to the exact degree) and when it would hit the horizon.

Painting the Lighthouse

The next morning we met at 3:30AM for the drive to Pemaquid. I wanted to be there an hour before sunrise to give us enough time to set up. That day dawn began at 5:05AM, with the actual sunrise coming at 5:27AM at 81 degrees. I knew we had twenty-two minutes before the sun came up to paint the lighthouse with my trusty Dual Zenon flashlight made by Brinkmann (see picture). I had the class set up and shoot while I ran around and showed them how to paint while keeping their camera shutter open.

It was a beautiful morning, and the class really enjoyed the experience. Afterward, we had my traditional breakfast at Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro, Maine.

What fun!


Dual Zenon flashlight

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