Boothbay Harbor, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some

Earlier in the spring during a trip to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, I was enthralled with the fog surrounding the docks near the center of town. I discovered that fog presents unique photographic challenges and was hopeful that a second planned trip to Maine (this time for a wedding) would provide more opportunities to apply what I learned. Mother Nature did not disappoint in the fog department and, more importantly, shined favorably on the bride and groom by providing clear skies just at the time of the ceremony.

Here are a variety of shots from the excursion. All of the images were taken on the dock of of the Linekin Bay Resort, where the wedding was held.  (You can see more images from my autumn Boothbay Harbor visit here and my previous spring visit to the area here.)

CALM, RIPPLES, AND ETHEREAL FORMS
My eye was immediately attracted to the stillness of the water punctuated by undulating waves. As the waves rolled in, my goal was to capture the tension between the static blanket of fog and the dynamic ripples below. I was also on the lookout for “ghost ships”— boats slowly disappearing into the fog until only a faint trace was visible.

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

WATER & WEB
The dock is the home to dozens of beautifully crafted spider webs that collect dew drops as well as unsuspecting prey. When photographing spider webs, wind always creates a challenge; these webs were in constant motion, sometimes flapping like pennants. A high shutter speed combined with the camera’s burst mode made it possible to snag a number of crystal clear shots. Arachnophobes need not worry about scrolling down—the weavers of the webs were nowhere in sight. (If you like the spider web images below, you can see more here.)

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

ON DECK
In between watching the fog thicken, burn off, and reform, I trained my camera on the dock itself—fixtures, features, and views of the immediate environment. The possibilities were only limited by the space on the memory cards I’d packed in my bag.

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

HUMANS IN THE MIST
It was inspiring to watch people as they paddle-boarded, kayaked, or sailed into the fog. It might have been nature’s show, but it was a photographer’s stage.

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

 

BoothBay, Maine: Fog, Sun, and Then Some by @sjbennettphoto, Steve Bennett, photography

Note: all photos were taken with a Fuji XT-2 and Fuji prime lenses (56mm f/1.2, 35mm f/1.4, 23mm f/2.0, and 14mm f/2.8).

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