Murky Dismal and the Rainbow Effect

maine windjammer, Great Schooner Race, maine photography, schooner vacationsGood morning everyone. We are already off the dock and out training for this weeks Great Schooner Race. We have some hard core racers with us, veterans of many a battle and defenders of the Cutty Sark Cup as well as aficionados of fun. There will be a great opportunity for folks to view the start of the Race from the Rockland Breakwater. The finish will be just off of Camden followed by a big fete for the competitors afterwards. We’ll report in later with all the results.

So after a week with Jim Dugan, who, by the way, paddled out to Mark I 4 miles off Camden and back yesterday, my photography skills are hopefully a dight better. We saw a few rainbows last week and Jim was quick to point out that rainbows are some of the most abused images he knows of. (I am paraphrasing.) Jim has nothing against rainbows but it is way too easy to want to put pictures of rainbows everywhere you can imagine for friends and neighbors to see. For us hack photographers we think we suddenly have this rare image caught in a moment of sheer magic that the entire world needs to see. Unfortunately, rarely does the image communicate the wonder we felt at that moment. Like peeing your pants in a charcoal gray suit it often leaves us with a worm fuzzy feeling but others don’t get the same effect. So call me “Murky Dismal” but if I took anything away from Jim’s lessons last week it is this: Images I share with others shouldn’t need explaining. They should tell their own story to the viewer. If you invite your friends over for a slideshow and find them asleep in their chairs when you turn the lights back on that should tell you something. So get out there and shoot, shoot, shoot! Don’t just spray and pray but really think about the subject of your image and what you want it to say to others. Shoot as if it was the only means of communication you have. Then invite your friends over for a slideshow and see what happens.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. Hey Barry and Jen, I can remember a couple years ago when we came into the harbor of Isle ah Haut and we had a beautiful rainbow and we were all trying to capture it. jim D. basically saying the same thing you said (he said:-) But I think he then later said we got some good shots of it.
    I did get a shot of that same rainbow last night from the harbor when Bob and I were sitting down people watching and relaxing after a fire call.
    Stay safe and have a wonderful day!

  2. Dearest Captain, Don’t listen to Jim! Shoot all the rainbows your heart desires. Each one is different and each one is a work of art compliments of Mother Nature. Two years ago, when Neal held a class for photo-bugs during the Windjammer Rendezvous, there were a few photos of an incredible double rainbow off the dock in Brooklin. I also have one of a double over the Isle Au Haut lighthouse. I NEVER tire of looking at those pictures. A rainbow signifies hope. Remember, it was a rainbow that God sent to Noah after the flood. Never stop capturing rainbows! They are hair ribbons of the sky! Abrazos, Mish

  3. Everyone is still searching over the rainbow where dreams come true, or for the end of the rainbow where the pot of gold is hidden, so they will always be with us.
    And, as I found in my earlier reply a couple of posts back, one needs to understand the question before they launch into their answer. But I have an excuse, I just had surgery, so anything I may say may seem odd. However, I still remain guilty of missing the big picture and trying to jump right into the details. Maybe I need to look for more rainbows.

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