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Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA (view large)
(Photo as is except for HDR-No photoshop done)

Processed in Photomatix Pro with three seperate settings & no tripod

Nikon D90-Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO-200, focal length 24mm, max 3.9
f/9, f/11, f/18, metering mode 1 photo 2 spot metering and no flash
exposure times 1/320, 1/500, 1/200 seconds

Lighthouse info:
Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, which is within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine

The U.S.S. Constitution passes Portland Head Light on July 23, 1931
Edward Rowe Snow, the popular historian and raconteur of the New England coast, wrote in his book Famous New England Lighthouses, “Portland Head and its light seem to symbolize the state of Maine—rocky coast, breaking waves, sparkling water and clear, pure salt air.”

The hundreds of thousands of people who visit Portland Head each year would agree; this is one of the most strikingly beautiful lighthouse locations in New England.

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born in Portland, was a frequent visitor in his younger years. Longfellow’s poem “The Lighthouse” was probably inspired by his many hours at Portland Head Light.

On Christmas Eve, 1886, the British bark Annie C. Maguire ran ashore on the rocks at Portland Head. The Strouts got a line to the vessel and helped all aboard, including the captain’s wife, make it safely to shore.
On New Year’s Day 1887, a storm destroyed the ship after everything of value had been removed. You can still see the rock near the lighthouse with the painted inscription: “Annie C. Maguire, shipwrecked here, Christmas Eve 1886.”

The above photo is one I took while visiting the Lighthouse


  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    The rocky ledge runs far out into the sea
    And on its outer point, some miles away,
    The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
    A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Lighthouse”

  • – Poete100

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 1 year ago

    wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much Charm…!

    – Poete100

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 1 year ago

    Superb composition and a beautiful image !!!

  • Phil thank you so much!!!!

    – Poete100

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    What a great shot ..there is always something special about a lighthouse ! – Love this xx

  • Thank you Gail…yes most lighthouses are special!!! xx

    – Poete100

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    This is a GOLDEN shot Loraine..
    One of your best !! xx

  • Halleluiah!!! Thank you so much John ….
    I’m pleased that you think so…xx

    – Poete100

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago


  • Thanks Ray!

    – Poete100

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    One of my favorite lighthouses…anywhere! Well composed…excellent lighting…excellent photo of this iconic light.

  • I’m glad you think so Jack…
    since you’ve been there yourself
    you know it’s awesome there…

    – Poete100

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture and scene Lorraine.

    Cheers Jude xx

  • Jude…thanks so very much!!!

    – Poete100

  • Nancy Richard
    Nancy Richardover 1 year ago

    Classic, my friend.

  • I’m glad you think so Nancy!!! :-)

    – Poete100

  • Patty (Boyte) Van Hoff
    Patty (Boyte) ...over 1 year ago


  • Patty…thank you so much!!!! Great to be featured in Going Coastal!!!!

    – Poete100

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