keep in mind this is coming from a guy born and raised in kansas. a beautiful state in it's own right, but a state that makes you work for a great pic of her. kansas has the ability to take breathtaking photos, but you usually need some dramatic lighting such as one of its world famous sunsets. kansas also has to be wearing a good season, usually looking best in late summer or autumn, but also dangerously beautiful in a late spring storm attire. kansas is minimalistic, she forces you to focus on other items such as composition, texture or contrast. in the right photographer hands, kansas can be absolutely stunning.
now take maine, strutting down the runway all confident with her rocky seaside coastline, lighthouses, endless foliage, mountain vistas, wildlife, ocean views and cobble stone streets running through quaint historic new england villages. she looks great in all kinds of light and seasons. maine is the type of state that can be photographed unaware by the paparazzi wearing sweatpants and bean boots, stuffing her face with a lobster roll and still look gorgeous.
what got me started on this rant was a photograph i took recently of the pemiquid point lighthouse. i walked down the coast, pointed my camera back to the lighthouse and got a beautiful shot. as happy as i was with the picture, i'm very aware that a drunk monkey could have captured the same thing. maine is gorgeous, that's all there is to it.
as much as i enjoy trying to capture maine in different and unique ways, i'll admit, sometimes i miss trying to make that little sunflower leaning against the wall look beautiful.
two gorgeous states with their beauty captured in different ways.