Sunrise at Whaleback Light

Yesterday, I took an impromptu drive up to Kittery, ME to shoot sunrise in the area and photograph the iconic Whaleback Light. I recently picked up the Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 AF-P lens, which gave me the reach needed to photograph the lighthouse from shore. 99% of the time, I use prime lenses, and generally am always within the 24-85mm focal length range. Up until I started shooting a recent surf project, I had really never used telephoto zoom lenses. So far, I’ve really enjoyed the change in perspective and one of my favorite things about this lens is how lightweight it is. I can handhold a shot at 300mm and get a tack sharp image thanks to the VR and how easy it is to manage. The auto focus is also lightning fast, something I’m really not used to either given the fact that I use a lot of manual lenses and primarily always manually focus with primes. It’s a lens that I would definitely recommend to anyone who needs the range but might not have $2k+ to spend on one of the faster options, with the only caveat being that since it’s an AF-P lens, it’s only compatible with FX bodies from the last few years (even the D600/D800 bodies are not compatible, not super cool, Nikon). After shooting from the shore, I sent the drone out and got some detailed aerial shots thanks to very minimal wind. I had hoped for some big waves crashing into the light, but the tradeoff was the ability to fly the drone out 3000 feet without any concerns of wind. After looking at the files closely at home, I realized an eagle was perched on top of the lighthouse tower. All in all, a very much needed drive and time