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Lighthouses and Lobsters: A Maine Adventure

Photograph Maine Lighthouses

On this photo tour you will explore and photograph mid-coast Maine lighthouses and quaint harbor scenery. You’ll learn about the lobster fishing industry and maritime history. It will be an exciting day that includes both land and sea adventures. This tour is perfect for all photographers & all camera types including iPhones and tablets. You will be met at your skill level with guidance to build on your camera-handling techniques with tips on seeing and composition.

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Owls Head Light House, II

 

2023 dates coming after the new year.

 

Times: 10-6, roughly, depends on the charter boat schedule.

Meet: Camden Public Landing

Check back for additional dates or call to reserve a private tour to accommodate your schedule. For private tour rates go to the rates page.

Rates- Adult-$175, Ages 11-16-$115,  Ages 10 and under-$55. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Does not include lunch. Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer, book online for an additional fee. See below for rate adjustment without boat tour. 

NOTE: If there is no boat excursion included due to weather or availability, the fees would then be adjusted to $145/$95/$0. Rest assured that this will still be an all-day excursion, and it will still be a great adventure.

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About the boat ride….

On the boat ride, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the lighthouses from the water and keep an eye out for marine wildlife such as seals, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, and porpoises. You will witness up-close a lobster trap being hauled and learn a little marine biology.

About the lighthouses….

On shore, you will stop at scenic and interesting locations as we drive to our lighthouse destinations. Photographing the Maine  lighthouses you will explore the grounds, the structure, and it’s history. A couple lighthouses have a museum and gift shop in what was originally the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling. The museums house artifacts that help paint a picture of the lifestyle and the type of work required in keeping the beacon shinning, as well as other displays of coastal history.

Actual excursions will depend on weather and other logistical factors.

This is an all-day excursion so plan to stop for either lunch or dinner at one of the ‘fish shacks’ (seafood restaurants at waters edge) in the region. Menu options include; steamed lobster, fried lobster, lobster salad, lobster pie, lobster stew, lobster rolls. Oh, did I mention they have lobster, and of course other seafood and turf selections as well. Meals are not included in the price of the tour.

A little history on a few lighthouses…….

Marshall Point Lighthouse has a rich history, which started in 1832 with the erection of the tower and the light keeper’s house. Over the years there were renovations, expansions, a devastating fire in 1895, and a rebuild to what is standing today. Automation in 1971 left the keepers house deserted. Since 1935 the Coast Guard has maintained the light and in 1988 the town’s historical society leased and renovated the house and now maintains it as a museum. This lighthouse was featured in a scene in the movie “Forrest Gump”.

There are 8 lighthouses in Maine that still carry their original Fresnel lens and two of these are in this region; Owls Head Light, and Pemaquid Light. The others have all been updated with LED.

How to prepare…(this is also included in your confirmation email once you register.)

Please wear good walking shoes because will be on our feet a lot. A wind-breaker is recommended for the boat ride along with other warm clothing; sweeter, hat, gloves, etc.

Weather…This is a rain or shine event. Dress accordingly for the weather, and dress in layers.

Camera equipment…

Any camera is acceptable, and whenever possible, please bring your owners manual. Your battery should be fully charged and bring extra batteries. You should come with plenty of room on your memory card for at least a few hundred pictures, but we do recommend having a second memory card with you. If you have a tripod it will be useful for our later day shooting. For those shooting with DSLR’s you may want to bring additional lenses if you have them.

Suggested items – sun protection; sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc.

Cancellation Policy –  I will give a complete refund in the event that I need to cancel a tour for any reasons. If you need to cancel and do so with 48 hours or more notice from the date and time of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel in less than 48 hours from your tour date and time a 50% refund of your tour fee will be given.

Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour.

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Sunset Lighthouse Journey: Pemaquid Point

A drive down a picturesque, coastal Maine peninsula brings you to the historic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, which sits on the dramatic, rocky, wave worn ledges of Muscungus Bay. On this Sunset Lighthouse Journey you will stop along the way at locations with beautiful Maine scenery, fishing villages, and at spots known only to the locals.

sunset at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
After sunset, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.

2023 dates coming after the new year.

 

 

Times: 1-9pm, roughly, due to changing sunset times, and our meeting place is different with each group. This will all be determined a day or two before your tour. Check back for additional dates or call to reserve a private tour to accommodate your schedule. For private tour rates go to the Private Rates page

Rates: Adults 17+ = $169, Ages 16 and under = $125, and must be accompanied by an adult. Does not include dinner. Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer, book online for an additional fee.

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You will have time before sunset to explore the grounds, the buildings, and the dramatic rock formations. Also, the tower might be available to tour (operated independently by the American Lighthouse Foundation, http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/), as well as the Fishermen’s Museum next door. Here you’ll find displays and artifacts chronicling the area’s maritime heritage. You will depart from the Lighthouse approximately a half hour after sunset.

sunset golden hour at Pemaquid Point LighthouseOnce we are all together we will begin with camera handling tips, review of your menu settings, and a discussion on exposure. We’ll set out to explore a nearby harbor and small fishing village. Your ‘Lessons on Location’ will begin with framing and composition, and general demonstrations on seeing.

We will have an early dinner at a waterfront location followed by a journey back to the lighthouse for the early evening light of sunset.

Facts about Pemaquid Point Light 

Check out their official web site with a webcam that updates every 5 minutes, http://www.pemaquidpoint.org/wc.php. This lighthouse, chosen to represent Maine in the U.S. mint’s state quarter collection in 2003 has a fully functional light. Operated by the Coast Guard as a navigation aid, the beacon flashes a single white beam every 6 seconds and reaches 14 nautical miles out to sea.

The Lighthouse tower is 38 feet tall, constructed of stone and was completed in 1835. The wood frame Keeper’s House was added in 1857. The grounds around the light are approximately 35 feet above sea level and the beautiful rock formations sit between the tower and the sea.

Maine Lighthouse in the fog.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in fog.

How to prepare – Please wear good walking shoes and bring along sun protection.

Weather: This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly for the weather.

Camera equipment – Any camera is acceptable. Bring along a tripod if you have one. For those shooting with DSLR’s you may want to bring additional lenses.

Food – I recommend bringing along water and snacks. We will share a meal together at either a lobster shack or restaurant for an early dinner. I will try to accommodate any food restrictions. Please call if you have any concerns or specific needs. The cost of meals is not included in the price of the photo tour.

Cancellation Policy –  I will give a complete refund in the event that I need to cancel a tour for any reasons. If you need to cancel and do so with 48 hours or more notice from the date and time of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel in less than 48 hours from your tour date and time a 50% refund of your tour fee will be given.

Once you have registered you will receive further information about the tour. Please call or email if you have any immediate questions.

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Vinalhaven Island Excursion

This 1-day adventure includes a ferry ride across the bay to one of the areas largest working harbors. Explore the rich granite and fishing history, the rocky coastline landscape, and the working harbor. Strolling through the village, visit the historical museum, unique small shops with arts and hand made crafts, a fine art gallery, and along the way be able to feel the pulse of the island community.

 

 

Chris Clarke’s printmaking studio. Photo by Steve McKinney.

2023 dates coming after the new year.

Times: 10-6, meet at the Maine State Ferry Terminal in Rockland at 10am. Check back for additional dates or call to reserve a private tour to accommodate your schedule. For private tour rates go to the Private Rates page.

Rates: Adults – $159, Ages 11-16  – $95, Ages 10 or under – free but must purchase a ferry ticket. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For paying participants, your fee includes ferry fare, tour, and photo lessons. Does not include lunch. Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer, book online for an additional fee.

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Photographic discussions will be on-site and will cover such things as camera settings, controlling exposure, framing, foreground/background relationships, point of view, and capturing the right moment.

Sharing images at lunch. Photo by Steve McKinney.

Our 75-minute scenic ferry ride across Penobscot Bay passes through Hurricane Sound, and The Reach. Scenery will include many small islands including Hurricane Island, Greens Island, and Potato Island. Expect to see marine wildlife such as seals, ducks, ospreys and bald eagles, and occasionally porpoises. We will go over some camera handling techniques while on the ferry. You’ll also have time to enjoy the bay scenery during the crossing. The ferry docks in Carvers Harbor, which is on the edge of the village and is home port for a large lobster fishing fleet.

A little history of the island

One of Maine’s largest quarrying centers from the 19th century, Vinalhaven granite was shipped off the island to be used in many places throughout the central and eastern United States. Building projects include the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City Customs House, Post Offices in Brooklyn, Washington, Buffalo, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Kansas City, the Washington Monument, and the eight huge columns for the nave of the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine in NYC, also other monuments, bridges, dams, private mansions, and more. The granite industry had ceased in the mid-20th century but the lobster fishing business is thriving. Currently, Vinalhaven has the most profitable lobster fishing fleet. For more info check out, http://www.vinalhavenhistoricalsociety.org/

How to prepare

Since we are going to be carrying all that we bring with us for the whole day you’ll want to pack light, yet at the same time bring what you need. If you can, we recommend using a backpack instead of an over-the-shoulder bag.

Please wear good walking shoes. We will be on our feet most of the day. It will be easy walking, mostly on pavement, with the most demanding part being a few small hills.

Weather – This is a rain or shine (or fog) event. Dress accordingly for the weather, and dress in layers. It will be colder during the bay crossings. The ferry does have inside seating, however, if you want to photograph from outside while on the ferry we recommend that you bring a light-weight wind breaker or rain jacket, and a light sweater that will pack easily once you’re on the island.

Camera equipment – Any camera is acceptable, including smart phones and tablets. Make sure that your battery is fully charged and  that you have plenty of room on your memory card for at least a few hundred pictures. However, we do recommend having a second memory card with you, too. If you have a DSLR you may want to bring additional lenses if you have them. Tripods can be bulky and heavy but if you usually use one then certainly bring it along.

Food – I recommend bringing a snack, lunch might be on the later side, and definitely pack along some drinking water. The cost of lunch is not included in the price of the photo tour.

Suggested items – sun protection; sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc. We will be outside most of the day.

Warning – There is likely no cell phone reception on the island.

Cancellation Policy –  I will give a complete refund in the event that I need to cancel a tour for any reasons. If you need to cancel and do so with 48 hours or more notice from the date and time of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel in less than 48 hours from your tour date and time a 50% refund of your tour fee will be given.

Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour and how to prepare. Please call if you have any questions before or after registration.

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Chase The Great Schooner Race

2021 Chase The Great Schooner Race Photo Adventure did not disappoint even with hurricane Elsa on its way that day. The calm before the storm and the bay was like glass.

 

Hop aboard a comfortable motorboat for a chance to photograph the  Great Schooner Race. While we motor along to Chase the Race on beautiful Penobscot Bay, you will be spending this remarkable day with other photographers, shooting, discussing images, networking, sharing camera gear tips, and more. You’ll have lots of room to get your best shots with no more than 8 photographers on a boat that carries 25 people across the bay.

chase the great schooner race
Photo by Jim Dugan while on the Schooner Mary Day.

July 7, 2023

9:00am-3:00pm

Fee-$335, includes  boat, captain, & photo leader

 

Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer the convenience you can book online for an additional fee. Contact us to make sure that there is space available. See cancellation policy for this tour at bottom of this page. We anticipate continuing safe distancing, so space is limited. 

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ABOUT THE RACE:

This year’s race there are at least a dozen schooners expected to participate. While there is a large amount of camaraderie among the captains and crews of these grand, tall ships, you can still count on all the excitement of a very competitive race.

The race is hosted by the Windjammer Association. The race course is from Gilkey Harbor, Islesboro to the Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland. The Great Schooner Race is hailed as “the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America” with an assembly of grand, traditional, tall ships, and vessels as large as 132’, three masts of sail. For 44 years, schooners along the eastern seaboard have rendezvoused in Penobscot Bay for a fun day of racing.

 For more info about the race check out www.greatschoonerrace.com.

ABOUT THE BOATS:

schooners during the 2018 great schooner race
The Race, 2018, by Dee Peppe: This thrilling and rare sight is reminiscent of centuries past during the ‘age of sail’.

The participating tall ships were all built in boat yards from Florida to Maine, from the 1870’s to 2003. Many were built to move cargo up and down the coast. Some of the newer windjammers were built specifically as cruise vessels. Boat lengths range from a 36’ yacht to an imposing, powerful 132’ ram schooner with towering three masts of sails, the largest in the fleet in Penobscot Bay. Width, or beam as it is known in nautical terms, are up to 24’ wide.

DETAILS:

There will be two exciting places along the race route when the schooners are all together; the start of the race where all the boats are jockeying and strategizing their best position at the starting line for when the cannon fires, and at the end when they begin to funnel into Rockland Harbor for narrow victories as they pass the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. The start of the race is staggered every 15 minutes by class for over an hour and a half.

Once registered, and as we get closer to the date of the race, you will be given detailed information about how to prepare for your tour. We’ll offer info on packing your camera gear, what personal items to bring along for your comfort on the boat, and we will have a plan for lunch. You board Equinox in Rockland Harbor, exact time to be determined by your captain. The race starts near Islesboro at 10am.

EXTRAS:

While on the bay, expect to see spruce covered islands, marine wildlife; seals, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, and porpoises. We may tour around some of the islands and have lunch during the quiet times of the race.

CANCELLATION POLICY: We will give a complete refund in the event that we need to cancel this tour for any reason. If you need to cancel and do so with 7-days or more notice from the date and time of the start of the tour you will receive a full refund. Canceling less than 7-days, but before 48 hours from the tour date and time a 50% refund of your tour fee will be given. Less than 48 hours there will be no refund.

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Discover Monhegan Island

Join me on this photo tour and you will discover Monhegan Island, a small, enchanting, island that has been a destination for artists for over a century. Group size is small, limited to six participants, so you will have an individualized photography experience tailored to your level. All camera types and all skill levels always welcome.

Monhegan Photo Tour

 


  • Discover Monhegan

2023 dates coming after the new year.

Times: 10am-6pm, meet at Monhegan Boat Line in Port Clyde.

Or call to reserve a private tour to accommodate your schedule. For private tour rates go to the Private Rates page.

Rates: Adults – $169, Ages 11-16 –$109, Ages 10 or under – free but must purchase a ferry ticket. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For paying participants fee includes boat, tour, and photo lessons. Does not include lunch. Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer, book online for an additional fee.

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Your Monhegan Island Photo Tour……

Photo by Jim Dugan Photography

This 1-day photo tour will be unforgettable as you unplug from technology, step back in time, and explore a remote island with a year-round population of 65, and no paved roads. Discover for yourself Monhegan’s stunning landscape; rocky beaches, forest & meadow, and ocean cliffs the highest on the Maine coast with crashing surf below.

Discover Monhegan Photo Tour

Visit artist’s studios, galleries, the solar powered, computer operated lighthouse that sits high on a hill at the center of the island. There are hiking trails, an old shipwreck at Lobster Cove, and many more surprises.

What You’ll Discover…..

Photo by Jim Dugan Photography

On this photo tour you will discover the tranquility and natural beauty that for many years has drawn artists and travelers to Monhegan Island. And those who have been inspired by its charm include well known artists such as Rockwell Kent, James Fitzgerald, George Bellows, Robert Henri, and Jamie Wyeth. You can view their work at the Museum, as well as historical, cultural, and maritime artifacts.

How to prepare……

You will be carrying all that you bring for the whole day, you’ll want to pack light, but at the same time bring what you need. If you can, I recommend using a backpack instead of an over-the-shoulder camera bag.

Please wear good walking shoes because we will be on our feet most of the day. It will be easy to moderate walking, depending on how far you choose to go on the nature trails. Since there are no paved roads or sidewalks, the terrain can be uneven.

Weather…

This is a rain or shine (or fog) event. Dress accordingly for the weather, and dress in layers. It will be colder during the boat ride. The boat does have inside seating, however, if you want to photograph from outside while on the boat we recommend that you bring a light-weight wind breaker or rain jacket. And a light sweater that will pack easily once you’re on the island may be useful.

Camera equipment..

Any camera is acceptable, including smart phones and tablets. Make sure that your battery is fully charged and that you have plenty of room on your memory card for at least a few hundred pictures. Even so, we do recommend having a second memory card with you. If you have a DSLR you may want to bring additional lenses if you have them. Tripods can be bulky and heavy but if you usually use one then certainly bring it along.

Food – I recommend packing snacks, lunch, and drinking water. Prepare for a late lunch on the island. The cost of lunch is not included in the price of the photo tour.

Suggested items – sun protection; sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc. We will be outside most of the day.

Cancellation Policy –  I will give a complete refund in the event that I need to cancel a tour for any reasons. If you need to cancel and do so with 48 hours or more notice from the date and time of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel in less than 48 hours from your tour date and time a 50% refund of your tour fee will be given.

Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour and how to prepare. Please call if you have any questions before or after registration.

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