This was taken on the first official day of NXNW 2014 — the day we hit the road for Acadia National Park. As tradition dictated, the drive to our main destination was broken up with a couple of side trips. That meant lighthouses. First up was Nubble at Cape Neddick in York, Maine where we fought with ocean mist and raindrops on our lenses as we carefully negotiated the slippery rocks.
I thought we would be the only idiots out there, but this dedicated surf fisherman decided to brave the elements to go casting for dinner. When I first saw him in my frame I was shooting long exposures and was annoyed – “GET OUT OF MY SHOT,” I thought in a loud voice in my head.
Then I decided to make him the shot. I took the ND filter off my lens and increased my ISO a bit. I still wanted a little bit motion in the water, so (since I was shooting in Aperture Priority mode) I experimented with the aperture to get the desired motion. The final settings were ISO 800, 1/3 of a second at f2.8.
Post processing was another story. I wanted to cut through the haze and also separate the fisherman from the background. I used Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro to get the final image.
The original is below.