The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse


On my recent trip to Maine, one of the lighthouses I wanted to visit was the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. This particular lighthouse is on a peninsula about 15 miles south of the town of Damariscotta (which is right along highway 1 east of Brunswick and Bath).

I thought this lighthouse was interesting, and I liked that it was along a rocky coastline. They may allow some hiking along the rocks, but when I arrived in the afternoon, the sun was shining from the west a bit, so the rocks would have been on the shadow side of the lighthouse. I decided to shoot from the yard, looking toward the ocean behind the lighthouse (and the residence attached).

This lighthouse is in a state park, so there is a $3 per person entrance fee. I didn’t mind since it is a very beautiful lighthouse, and I wanted to get in to take photos. Also, if you want to visit this lighthouse, it does get crowded. It’s a popular spot since it is a state park, and there are not only lighthouse people here, but general picnickers as well. I was there on a Thursday in August – not a weekend, and it was busy. I would imagine a Saturday or Sunday would be busier – so plan your visit accordingly.

There was also a bit of an “incident” with some of my photos. I was using my RB67, so I was getting 10 6×7 shots per roll. I took one roll of Ektachrome 100, and one roll of Kodak T-Max 100 – bracketing my shots as to be sure to get a good exposure. I was using my Sekonic spot meter to measure the light around the lighthouse – and I was a bit unsure since I haven’t used a handheld meter a lot, so I was bracketing. Later in the day, back at my hotel, I was emptying my pockets – and because I wasn’t being careful, I pulled my roll of Ektachrome out and the seal came undone, allowing the spool to drop and the film to unroll all over my floor. It was like watching a car accident and not being able to do anything to stop it – I think I even saw it happening in slow motion… so, needless to say, all I have is my roll of T-Max 100. They actually looked very nice (before I got them scanned) so take a look and see what you think.

These are processed in HC-110, 1:62 for 12 minutes. Even though I fool around with Rodinal and other developers, HC-110 is what I’m most comfortable with, and my go-to developer.

I feel like I was over exposing a little – but these were the best I had. The sky has a little color (well, I mean it’s not washed out) and the lighthouse has some texture on the sunny side. I am sorry I ruined my roll of Ektachrome, but that’s life I suppose. At least I had a couple black & white shots to share.

If you like lighthouses, and history, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is worth a visit.