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Old Orchard Beach, Maine,

Photography Hot Spot Location

Orchard Beach Maine
Orchard Beach Maine

Orchard Beach, Maine, Photography Hot Spot Location

Located on the inner side of Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, the town is a popular summer beach destination. The downtown contains many tourist-oriented businesses, including clam shacks and T-shirt shops. A wooden pier on the beach provides many other tourist businesses, including a variety of souvenir shops. The seven-mile (11 km) long beach stretching away from the downtown is lined with many beach residential properties, condominiums, motels and bed, and breakfasts.

Old Orchard’s Pier extends almost 500 feet out over the  Ocean. You can eat on the pier, go shopping, dancing or listen to music. This beach town has lifeguards, and we were told by a local it is the first sandy beach in Maine you come to when leaving Canada. They said it is a major tourist destination for that reason. At the time of our visit, we did not see the milky way, but we have seen images where this is a milky way location to do photography on the web.

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The Crest Motel

The BEST place to stay when in the area photographing Orchard Beach is the. Crest Motel. We loved it here. It was within walking distance to the pier and the price was fantastic. The indoor/outdoor pool with a hot tub made our night. It took all of our aches and pains of the days hiking/photographing away.

  • Indoor heated pool
  • In-ground hot tub
  • Playground
  • Gas grills & picnic tables
  • Popcorn
  • Free WiFi
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The indoor/outdoor pool with a hot tub is easily accessible from each room. The motel is very family friendly and only a few steps from the beach. The rooms are spotless.

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Photography Information

Lens: This area is a wide-angle lens location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release, wide-angle and zoom lens.

When to Go: This is a milky way location. Go during a new moon if you can, but otherwise, it is still an incredibly dynamic place to do photography even without it. It is a significant tourist destination, so the weekdays and off-season are the best time to go. It gets brutally cold here in the winter, so keep that in mind also.

Camera Settings

Shutter Priority – If you have moving subjects such as the cars going quickly by or boats moving during your daytime shoot, you will want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure they come out clear. When boats are slowly going by, shoot at 1/250th of a second, and adjust your ISO accordingly. If they are moving fast, increase your shutter speed to about 1/1000th of a second. If it’s a bright sunny day, go as high as  1/1200th of a second, which will really stop the action.

Manual Mode – You have moving waters here. You can do your long exposure running, milky water shots like our picture above.  You will have to use a tripod for this effect.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. The shot above is at night, so you don’t need one then.

You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or as low as your camera will allow. Aperture is f22. Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer also to prevent camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You will want at least a 2-second exposure for water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. That does not give you a good effect. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. I have a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine.

Read more on our Waterfall Photography Simplified How-to section. You can go to our waterfall photography section to learn how to shoot any moving waters.  You can also go to our Basic Photography section if you need a more detailed explanation of shutter speed or aperture priority modes when doing your day time photos.

Go here to see how to shoot night photography.

If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you can buy one here. We highly suggest you do not go anywhere without one. It makes all the difference between lifeless images and outstanding, dynamic images.

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Park and Area Information

Entrance Fees: 

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Hotel Information

The Crest Hotel – book your room here.

Old Orchard Beach, Maine at 35 East Grand Avenue. This Old Orchard Beach motel sits on a 7 mile sandy beach. Area attractions like Palace Playland and the Pier are just a five minute walk away. If you’re planning on doing photography here and are looking for an affordable motel near the beach, with great amenities and a friendly staff, look no further than The Crest Motel.

They offer free WiFi for our guests along with a heated indoor pool, hot tub, as well as in-room microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioning.

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The best place to eat is right on the entrance to the pier at Pier Pizza for a quick meal before or after shooting photography. They have great sauce. Facebook page link. The Pier, Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064

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