Greg Kretschmar Photography: Blog en-us (C) Greg Kretschmar Photography [email protected] (Greg Kretschmar Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:32:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:32:00 GMT Greg Kretschmar Photography: Blog 120 120 Lighthouses If you've looked around the site, you already know I have an affinity Lighthouses. The reason, however, might not be what you'd expect. And while I know a million other photographers have done the same,  it still feels personal to me when I shoot them.

While it's true that Lighthouses are one of the images that thoughts of New England conjure up, what draws me to them has more to do with the job they perform than what looks good on a postcard. I look at Lighthouses and I see guardians. They stand alone amidst jagged rocks and pounding seas- warning ships, while at the same time serving as a beacon that guides them home. That's what's intriguing to me. To the stranger, they are a warning that land, and rocks, are near. Yet, for the local, it serves as a beacon that guides you home. Danger, and comfort. That's a pretty cool combination.

Portland's Head Light is reportedly the most photographed lighthouse in the world. One visit there and you will understand why. I just added some new shots I took there over the weekend, and even though I had been there a few times before, it still felt like a new experience.  Much of that has to do with the weather. The sky, that changes in an instant, can be as much a character in an image as the subject itself.  At the Head Light, there are a million different angles from which to shoot, and each one gives you a new perspective.  I highly recommend visiting to any amateur photographer. You won't be disappointed. 

Closer to home for me is York's Nubble Light. The Nubble is a legendary light I have visited way too many times to count, since I was a kid. And while there aren't as many different places to shoot from  (like the Head Light),  every shot offers you something different. Whether you're shooting it's reflection in a puddle,  or the swirling tide as it rushes in- The Nubble gives you something different every time. 

This past weekend, I stood out on a rocky ledge at The Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth Maine- in subzero wind chill for 45 minutes, waiting for the sun to rise. To my left was a 30 foot drop (without a fence). To my right, an icy path to an established viewing point. My face was raw from the wind, and my fingers were so numb they hurt. But when that sun crested the low lying clouds along the horizon, and revealed itself.......all of that disappeared. 

Danger and comfort. 

And that's pretty cool...




[email protected] (Greg Kretschmar Photography) Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:26:40 GMT
Signing Prints... Hi folks - 

I get really excited during Autumn. From a photographic perspective- I don't know who wouldn't. I've added a few shots of foliage - with more to come. There is nothing better than New England in Fall. I've heard from people all over the country who have come to this site - just to be reminded of home. For me, that's a high compliment that I appreciate very much.

I've been asked a lot about whether I will sign prints. The answer is absolutely "Yes" - if you'd like. The only issue is -if you want something signed, you will have to make arrangements with me to have me sign it after you recieve it from this site. I will sign any print  (sold as the print alone) that you buy. I can not sign anything that is framed, because as you will see if you buy one - it arrives to you completely sealed. I can sign gallery wraps and stand alone prints as well.  So - if you'd like something signed, you can order a print - then contact me and arrange to swing by the station or a place I'll be at -and I'd be happy to sign it for you (free, of course). 

The response to this site has been overwhelming, and I truly appreciate that you have taken time to come here and look around. 

Thanks so much - 



[email protected] (Greg Kretschmar Photography) Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:04:05 GMT
My Comments.... Hi folks....

It's a dilemma, of sorts. Do I let the photos speak for themselves, without words? Or, do i offer a thought, or some background information along with them? I would imagine that many people who take photos and display them wonder the same thing at some point. I can see the merits of both approaches, but for my purposes here - I've decided to run with the latter of the choices.

For me, I judge a photo by how it makes me feel.  Do I want to be there?  What was happening when that picture was taken?  What did it feel like to be there? Those are the things I wonder. So, I've decided to leave comments under some, if not many, of the photos here. The comments are merely descriptions of what the shot means to me, how it makes me feel, what it was like to be there, or -maybe to tell you why the shot is important to me. 

I've worked for 28 years in a medium that was/is completely auditory. Maybe that's why I love shooting photo's so much. No sound. Just vision. But nobody said vision couldn't be accompanied by a little written word? Right?

Anyway- I hope the comments add a little something to each image. Reading them, is completely your choice. 

And please- feel free to leave your own comments as well. If a photo makes you feel a certain way, or makes you think of a certain thing - I'd certainly love to hear it, if you'd like to share it. Again - completely your choice. 

Thanks very much for checking out the site! The response has been incredible! I truly appreciate it!




[email protected] (Greg Kretschmar Photography) Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:54:58 GMT
I'm always looking.... I'm always looking.


I was just talking with a friend who commented that they don't have the "eye" that I do.  I argued that they did have such an  "eye" - they just aren't used to using it. What's strange about it is, that sometimes I can be downright clueless. Unaware of some things around me. Yet, I'll notice the detail on the sailboat weathervane that sits atop a converted church in downtown Dover and think - if the sun hits that just right- THAT would be an amazing shot. All I do is look at the little things, and that is what I think most people refer to as my "eye". I've always said that if you take the time to look,  you will see.

Having said that, I now find that I am constantly looking for things to shoot. I look where ever I go. If something strikes me, I will go back with my camera and see if I can make something out of it. Sometimes I get lucky. Sometimes, not. Still, I'm always looking.

And that's where you can help! If you see something interesting (some view, object, place to view a sunrise/sunset from) - shoot me an email and I might just swing by and check it out. If I end of shooting it on your suggestion, and I post it here - I'd be glad to give you a free print of it if you'd like!  

So go ahead and make suggestions, and I just might take you up on it!

Thanks so much for checking out this page!




ps. send suggestions to [email protected]

[email protected] (Greg Kretschmar Photography) Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:56:31 GMT