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Jason Antman , Aug 06, 2003; 03:34 p.m.

I will be travelling to Maine next week, in the Camden and Algonquit areas. I'll be shooting black and white in 8x10, and color and B&W in 6x4.5 and maybe 35mm. I am looking for suggestions for:

1) Photo opportunities - everything from the can't-miss to the ones that would normally not be found in a few days.

2) Recommendations of good, well-stocked camera shops that at least have 120 film. Also, if you have a contact there, a name would be appreciated.

Thanks, all!


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Mark Sampson , Aug 06, 2003; 03:41 p.m.

Check out the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport (next to Camden). They have a LOT of things you'd be interested in, including the store. I've learned more at the workshops I've taken there, in a shorter time, than I could have anywhere else. Those workshops have been a tremendous value for both my professional and personal photography. Highly recommended.

Peter Witkop , Aug 06, 2003; 04:24 p.m.

For camera shopes in ME, try photo market, one of the best stocked in the state, (Photo Market, (207) 797-7100, 945 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103) in Portland (between agunquit and camden, biggest city in the state). Talk to Jon, Melissa, Peter, or anyone else there. They should stock pretty much any film you need, and most equiptment you might forget. Call ahead about 8x10, if they don't have it, I'm sure they'd get it for you. For photo-ops, there's the ussual portland head, which everyone shoots and everyone has a shot of. If you care to ask a few locals in the portland are were kettle cove is, it's kind of a nice spot, not far from Portland headlight on rt 77 IIRC. One of my favorites along the coast is Popham beach state park at the mouth of the kennebek, just down from Bath. Another good spot other than Acadia, and not far from it is Schoodic point. If you get a chance to head inland, take it, some of my favorite places were up in the mountains, Grafton Notch, the Rangley lakes. I grew up about a half hour outside of Portland, only left this spring so if you have any questions, drop me a line.

Jim Rhoades , Aug 06, 2003; 04:28 p.m.

Jason; Ditto what Mark said about Rockport. While at the store in the union hall look across the street. That bookstore is Timothy Whelan (sp) bookstore. It is the best photo only bookstore in the country. Also beg, borrow or hitchike to the Portland Museum of Art. The Edward Weston life work show is on until October 19th. This show is not to be missed. Any film you want should be available at the union hall. They will very likely have a show every night.

charles stobbs , Aug 06, 2003; 04:45 p.m.

Monhegan Island, Pemaquid Point light, Casco Bay mail boat trip, Eastern & Western Promenades (Portland)

Louie Powell , Aug 06, 2003; 05:09 p.m.

Ditto the Photography ReSource in Rockport, and Tim Whelan's bookstore. The ReSource has 4x5 film but I don't recall seeing any 8x10 when I was there last month (but I wasn't looking for it either).

And by all means go to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland - they have a special exibition of Andrew Wyeth portraits (the Erickson Family) that are an inspiration to photographers.

About an hour (in light traffic) north of Camden is Fort Knox - just across the river from Bucksport. This is a very old stone fortification that is in amazingly good condition and is a great spot for LF photography. No restrictions on tripods, but it would be prudent to get there early on a weekday (say 8:30am) to avoid the crowds. You can see examples on Eric Boutilier-Brown's site.

South out of Rockland on Rt. 76 to Owl's Head - the lighthouse is neat - walk down to the beach and shoot up from there. Best in the evening - could be some fog this time of year. Also some interesting early morning water-on-rocks opportunities from the path from the parking lot to the lighthouse. Also, I got a neat shot of the Owl's Head Grange Hall that you have to drive by to get to the lighthouse.

Further south to Port Clyde - there is a really nice lighthouse there. Best early in the morning.

Between Rockport and Camden there is a farm that raises Belted Galloway cows - look like oreo cookies. They pose - no model fees required.

Throughout the area there are lots of interesting little ports. One of my favorites is on Spruce Head island - where Eliot Porter lived - but there are a lot of others to choose from. Best either early AM (pray for fog - it's a wonderful subject) or evening.

Pemaquid Light - yeah, its dramatic. The parking lot is always full of cars. Creates a been there, done that feeling.

Final note - you really have to search to find bad seafood in that area. Have fun.

Ted Harris , Aug 06, 2003; 06:02 p.m.

A quick note on Popham Beach ... aprt of it is privately owned ... nice people but something you should know.

Peter Witkop , Aug 06, 2003; 06:29 p.m.

What part of Popham is private? I beleive it's a state park. There is quite a bit of private property, camps, etc around. Also the beach is (by definition) public property.

Louie Powell , Aug 06, 2003; 07:19 p.m.

IF you are into fortifications, there is also one at Popham State Park. Condition is supposed to be a bit iffy.

Greg Smith , Aug 06, 2003; 08:21 p.m.

The Maine workshops has a store called The Resource that carries a good amount of supplies. I don't know what kind of photography you will be doing, but there is an amazing abandoned school some where near the workshops (about a 15 min. ride if I remember right). It's called Lincoln St. School. Its a large public school (gym, theater, class rooms...) The light is just amazing and they had no problem when my group went there to photograph. If you have the time, its really cool.

Lincoln St. school

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