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Maine – A “Vintage” Travel Poster

It’s been awhile since I’ve created (and posted) a “vintage travel poster” so I thought this would be a good time. I’m actually working on one for Bruce Peninsula National Park and hope to be able to share it with you shortly.

This is the second one that I’ve created for Maine. The first one that I did was for Acadia National Park which you can see here. This time around I just couldn’t resist but use an iconic place such as Portland Head lighthouse as the focus of this travel poster.

You can view more travel posters in the gallery.

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Maine, Portland Head, vintage travel poster, lighthouse


Portland Wharf

Brrr…it was a cold weekend in Toronto. We didn’t get any snow in the city but winter was definitely in the air.

I had a client who contacted me over the weekend who was interested in a couple of my images but wanted to know if I could convert them to B&W. I was more than happy to oblige and have added them to the gallery which you can see here.

I also spent some time over the weekend trying to catch up on processing my images. I’m a little backlogged but I’m getting there. This image was taken this summer in Portland. This is one of the wharf’s where the lobster fishermen come in to deliver their catch.

This image was processed in Photoshop and converted to B&W using Topaz Black & White Effects. If you haven’t tried Topaz B&W Effects you can find it here. Remember you can 15% on all Topaz products when you use the code “ELPhoto”

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Portland, Maine, pier, fishing, lobster trap, wharf


The Light on the Horizon

For those of you that follow this blog you probably already know that I was in Maine in July and was up for a sunrise shoot at Portland Head Light. You can see those posts here and here. Well I ended up going back to the lighthouse later that day since not all of my travelling companions joined me at the crack of dawn…go figure 🙂

While I like the shots that I took later that afternoon, the problem was that it was very bright & sunny with not a cloud in the sky. Not such a big problem for a summer vacation but the harsh light doesn’t produce the greatest of images.

I quite liked this particular shot of Portland Head but I thought that I could add some drama but using a texture overlay and creating a more worn, nostalgic look to the image.

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Portland Head, lighthouse, Maine, travel, fine art,

The last time I had posted an image with a texture overlay a few readers asked what the original image looked like so this time I thought I would share the original before I added the texture overlay.

Portland Head, lighthouse, Maine, travel photography, landscape

Well….what do you think?


Painted Houses

Before I tell you a little bit about today’s image I just wanted to let you all know how very excited I am. A couple of weeks ago I entered Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour competition (you can see the blog post here). I found out last week that one of my images, “An Italian Vignette” won 2nd prize in the yellow category.

I was also quite excited that the image that won 1st prize in the Blue category was taken by one of the photographers that I nominated, Adam Allegro.  You can see all the winners on Travel Supermarket’s site here.

Now on to today’s image. This row of painted houses can be found in Portland, Maine. I didn’t go searching for this street. I actually didn’t even know it existed. This was on of those time when you’re driving along, minding your own business when all of a sudden you yell to your better half…”stop the car.” Needless to say my husband stopped. I had actually passed this street heading to Portland Head Lighthouse at about 4:30 that morning but it was too dark to see anything. We were returning to the lighthouse that afternoon and lucky this time I didn’t miss it.

I took 3 exposures and processed them in Photomatix and then ran the image through Topaz Adjust to give it a bit of an extra boost. (Don’t forget you can use the code ELPHOTO to get 15% off all Topaz products.)  The bulk of the work on this image was when I brought it back into Photoshop. There were electrical wires all through the images which took close to an hour of work to remove.

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painted houses, Portland, Maine, row houses, street scene


Ocean View

I don’t know who lives in that house but I’d sure like to visit for awhile. If you’re visiting Portland Head Light turn around and this is what you see.

I applied a texture layer from Joel Olives’ collection. You can find more of his textures here.

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Portland, Maine, ocean, seaside, fine art, travel photography, landscape


Back at the Light…Portland that is!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Here’s a close-up view of Portland Head. To be honest I was going to wait awhile before posting more lighthouse images but I wanted to ask a favor. I’ve entered this image in Viewbug’s Lighthouse Photo Contest. If you can spare a minute and hop on over to Viewbug’s contest page a vote for my image I would greatly appreciate it. You can click here to vote. Thank you so much 🙂

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Portland, Maine, Portland Head, lighthouse, sunrise, travel photography, landscape, cliff


Portland Head + 200

I know it’s Friday and this is supposed to be iPhone Friday day. Not to worry it will return next week.  Last Friday I shared with you images of Portland Head taken with my iPhone and today I’d like to share a couple of my DSLR images. I’ve finally finished processing them and I have a few more of this fabulous lighthouse to share in the next little while.

Oh…you’re wondering what the “+ 200” is all about in the title? Well today’s post marks my 200th. Perhaps not a huge cause for celebration but it is, none the less, a milestone for me and I wanted to share with all of you. I’d like to say once again thank you for all your visits and comments.

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Portland, Maine, Portland Head, lighthouse, sunrise, travel photography, landscape, cliff

Portland, Maine, Portland Head, lighthouse, sunrise, travel photography, landscape, cliff

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  •  the ability to save you project (layers using a new .tpz file format)
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  •  Cropping Grid overlay (stand-alone mode only)
  •  Aperture plug-in support

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iPhone Friday – Portland Head

On my “must” list when we were in Maine was to photograph the Portland Head Lighthouse. I’m still processing the images from my DSLR but I thought, in the interim, I’d share a few of my iPhone shots with you.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, sunrise, landscape, travel

The Set-Up

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, sunrise, landscape, travel

Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, sunrise, landscape, travel


iPhone Friday – Eating My Way Through Portland

Ok so I didn’t really eat my way through the city but it felt like that at times. But really who could blame me. Where else can I get seafood so fresh it had just been plucked out of the ocean that day.

One of the things we like to do before going on a trip to the States is check out the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives food map site to find out which restaurants Guy
Fieri reviewed. I love that show and if Guy recommends it I want to try it. We had dinner at the Porthole our first night….best lobster rolls ever.

Portland, Maine, Porthole, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster

The Porthole

Portland, Maine, Porthole, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Guy Fieri

Portland, Maine, Porthole, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster, Diners Drive-Ins & Dives, Guy Fieri

One morning at breakfast we met a couple who recommended the “best & cheapest” place in Portland for fresh lobster. Always game for an adventure we decided to look for Three Sons Lobster & Fish (there’s nothing like planning for dinner before breakfast is over 🙂 ). They’re really not a restaurant. They’re a wholesaler selling fresh lobster & fish to other restaurants but they do takeout. You can go in, pick your lobsters (or crabs, shrimps, mussels) and they’ll steam it for you. Order some fresh corn on the cob, a little melted butter and your set. Well almost…while waiting for the lobsters to cook we went to a nearby bakery and picked up some fresh bread and a trip to the liquor store ensured that we had something to quench our thirst. Where did we eat you ask? Well..on a picnic table in the parking lot on the wharf of course…fine dining at its best. One of the best meals you had 😉

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

Before

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

After

Portland, Maine, Three Sons Lobster & Fish, restaurent, wharf, waterfront, lobster,

One of these is not like the other…

Loved the label and the ale!