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. You will be stopping along the way at locations with beautiful Maine scenery, a small fishing village, and at spots known only to the locals.
Covid update: This tour’s biggest obstacle is the drive. We can take more than one car, it won’t be as much fun, but certainly is the safer option. If we travel together we will need to wear personal protective equipment and I’ll 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 are required to wear a face mask when mingling in the photo group, during discussions, and when social distancing is not possible at our shooting locations.
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- or schedule a private tour for yourself or your group
Times: 1-9pm, roughly, times vary due to changing sunset times. Our meeting place will depend on the group and will 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 – $135, Ages under 18– $95. All children under 16 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.
You will have time before the sunset to explore the grounds, the buildings, and the dramatic rock formations. The tower might be available to tour (operated independently by the American Lighthouse Foundation), 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.
Once 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 was chosen to represent Maine in the U.S. mint’s state quarter collection in 2003. The light is a fully functional, Coast Guard operated, navigation aid that flashes a single white flash every 6 seconds. The beacon that shines from this tower can be seen 14 nautical miles out to sea.
The Lighthouse tower, which is constructed of stone was completed in 1835 and is 38 feet tall. 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.
How to prepare – Please wear good walking shoes and bring along sun protection.
Weather – This is a rain or shine event. 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 – We 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.
Reservations – A minimum of a 50% deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is due the day before your tour. No checks accepted less than two weeks prior to your tour, cash only.
Once you have registered you will receive further information about the tour. Please call or email if you have any immediate questions.