New Work: Reid State Park

Rick Berk

New WOrk: Reid State Park

Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine, is home to one of the more popular beaches along the coast of Maine. While others go there on summer days to enjoy the sandy beach, I go there early in the morning to enjoy the solitude and capture the best light of the day at sunrise.

Getting there early in the morning means I have to walk in as the gates aren't yet open. And since the area with the most visual interest is also the furthest point in the park, it means I get some early morning exercise. This year, I've made a couple of trips to Reid, and each time has been something different. One thing that's remained constant is that the ocean waves played a huge role in what I photographed. In April, the sky exploded with color just before the sun rose. As the tide was high, waves crashed over the rocks and gave me a lot to work with. I chose a spot on the rocks where the waves were breaking, and waited for a good wave. I used a slower shutter speed to capture the cascade of water as the wave washed over the rocky shroeline. The result is the above image, "Waves Crash at Daybreak".

On my last visit to Reid, last week, I was met with low tides and a layer of fog blanketing the beach. As the fog moved in and out intermittently, the light changed dramatically. Since the tide was low, the rocks I sometimes like to use as a foreground weren't as interesting as I'd like. I decided to use a telephoto lens to zoom in on the waves as they broke a little further out. I used a slower shutter speed and panned with the wave as it moved towards the shoreline. One of the results was "Breaking Wave", which highlights the movement of the wave as it comes towards the shore.


At one point last week, I looked up to see the fog enveloping Griffith Head, at the far end of Mile Beach. It made for an interesting scene, as the waves rolling towards the shore were crisp and stark and Griffith Head stood silhouetted against the fog. I waited for the waves to make some interesting shapes and layers in front of the fog, and made the image when I thought it looked good. The sweeping fog in front of Griffith Head gives an element of movement in the scene and the waves create some nice leading lines to take your eye back to the fog bank. This was the last image I shot here that morning, and seemed a nice way to tie things up.