[US 2010/11] Owl’s Head, ME

We drove up to Owl’s Head in Maine to say goodbye to 2010 and welcome 2011. It takes around five hours to drive up there, and even though I wasn’t driving I still felt exhausted by the time we arrived. But then I saw the location of the house. Located right on the waterfront which looks out onto a beautiful bay. The sun was also setting at that point and lighting up the sky behind Treasure Island.

The next day was spent exploring Treasure Island and the Owl’s Head lighthouse, where there was another spectacular sunset to be enjoyed.

On New Year’s Eve we decided it was best to visit another lighthouse. You never can see too many lighthouses!

After the sun went down we headed over to my aunty’s friend’s house where we met Victoria and Jerry. Jerry and I had lots to talk about, as he’s a compositor and also a documentarian involved in the social filmmaking scene. I spent hours talking to him about filmmaking. We talked about gear, interview techniques and just getting out there and doing it. It’s not about the gear you have or the skills you have. It’s about  jumping in and starting to make films. Good ones and bad ones; every film is a learning experience which will greatly improve your skills for the next!

With Viki and Jerry invited for the New Year’s Eve meal, we headed back to the house to prepare. Although, when we got back I rugged up and headed outside with my camera and tripod intending to execute a timelapse. Needless to say, I wasn’t much help in the kitchen that night!  It was pretty cold outside, maybe -4c. I walked out in the snow towards the beach. As I approached I could hear the ocean waves gently washing over the rocks at the bottom of the embankment.

Here’s what it sounded like:

I setup my camera on some rocks on top of the embankment. It was dark but I had my trusty LED headlight which allowed me to see what I was doing and freed up my hands so I could operate the camera. Then I started worrying that my lens was going to fog up from a sudden change in temperature, so I decided to take a bunch of still shots instead of a timelapse.

There was a small house off in the distance and I could see it would make an interesting photo… If I could only capture it! It was so dark that the camera couldn’t see anything and I couldn’t even look through the viewfinder as I could hardly see myself! So I had to compose the shots blindly, take an exposure, review the results and then move the camera a little bit while guessing what the next shot would look like.

Far away I could hear there was a small airport in the distance, and while I was struggling to compose my shot a plane started coming in to land. I quickly whirled my camera around on the tripod and took a 20 second exposure…

After the first shot the plane turned to face directly at me. Almost like it had spotted me and now it was coming to take me out!

Fortunately, the plane continued to turn and headed towards the airport. With the plane gone I turned my attention back to the original shot with the house, and this time I was successful.

The next day we drove back down to Connecticut. It was a few days after when we took a trip into New York City… More about that in the next post.

  • http://www.be.net/richardkong RichardK

    Love that picture with the plane going horizontally and leaving light ripples in the water! And the last one… and all of them actually :P

    • Ben Hammersley

      Thanks! That means a lot coming from you! :D