This land and sea photographic adventure is a full, exciting day. You will explore many of mid-coast Maine’s lighthouses, maritime history, lobster fishing industry, marine wildlife, and quaint harbor scenery. This tour is perfect for all photographers & all camera types. You will be met at your skill level with guidance to build on your camera-handling techniques and to expand your personal vision with tips on seeing and composition.
Covid update: This tour has a couple details to consider. As a lovely part of the day, I try to go out on a charter boat to view the lighthouses from the water. I will check-in for updates on their operating procedures a day or two before each tour.
Afterwards, we will drive to other locations. We can take more than one car, it won’t be as much fun, but certainly is the safer option. If we drive together we would need personal protective equipment and I will be prepared with disinfectant for all touch surfaces. My Photo Tour wagon is always my first choice but if your vehicle can accommodate more distance between passengers I hope you will be willing to discuss the possibility of taking that.
We will be required to wear a face mask when mingling in our group, during discussions, and when social distancing is not possible at our shooting locations.
- July 1
- July 30
- Sept 11
- or schedule a private tour for yourself or your group
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-$165, Ages 11-18-$115, Ages 10 and under-$55. (per person, includes the hire of a boat and captain) All children under 16 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.
On your boat ride, witness up-close a lobster trap being hauled, learn a little marine biology, and keep an eye out for marine wildlife such as seals, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, and porpoises. On shore, stop at scenic and interesting locations as we drive to our lighthouse destinations. At the 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.
NOTE: we often don’t cancel if enrollment is low, however, for this tour if enrollment is low there may be a possibility that we will have to eliminate the boat excursion. The fees would then be adjusted to $125/$75/$0. These rates will also apply if we have to cancel the boat excursion due to weather. We will try our hardest not to cancel the boat, but if we do, this will still be an all-day excursion, and it will still be a great experience.
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 – Please wear good walking shoes. We 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. Whenever possible, please bring your owners manual. Do make sure that your battery is fully charged and bring extra batteries. You should come with 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. If you have a tri-pod 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.,
Reservations – A minimum of a 50% deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is due 2-days before your tour. If you use the online booking option you’ll be required to make the full payment.
Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour.