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 smart phones 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.
- July 12
- Aug 6
- Sept 7
- Oct 22 (no boat ride, prices below)
Times: 10-6, roughly, depends on the charter boat schedule. 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. (Per person, includes reservation fee.) 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.
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.
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.