I spend a lot of time in Maine and have always found the light to be a little iffy. I'm not sure why (perhaps because most of the state kind of juts out to the east of most of the U.S., and maybe out a little toward the gulf stream) but gray skies seem to be prevalent. If you want those blue skies and whispy clouds backing up your lighthouse shots, you may have to trust Photoshop.
>If you want >those blue skies and whispy clouds backing up your >lighthouse shots, you may have to trust Photoshop.
bah. Maine has a lot of gray skies, but it has plenty of blue ones with wispy clouds too - at least in the vicinity of Portland, where i've spent a good bit of time. the spring and summer are probably the best times to get those...but they do happen year-round.
Hello from a Mainer! Lived here all my life and I really like it here. :-P
Maine is such a large and varied state, that I think the answer to your question really depends what you are planning to photograph. Are you thinking of coast and lighthouses or north woods and moose, etc.?
Some of my bluest skies have been on a very cold winter day with a polarizer (like 20 below sometimes!). Must be the clean air or something but it really pops. I enjoy taking coast pictures in the winter with all the ice. The trees look dismal if there isn't beautiful foliage around end of October (about a 1-2 week peak but it varies every year with weather), or ice/snow on them in the winter, or new green buds on the spring. Otherwise they just kinda look like a purple haze in late fall or early spring. We do get a lot of days with gray or white skies, but sometimes the most dismal sky will turn amazing for five minutes during a sunset if you pick out a good subject or view. Same is true of sunrises. You can't really rely on the weather report to tell you what the sky will suddenly look like at sunrise or sunset, even during a rainstorm. On a gray day I often stick to macros and such where shadows are nearly eliminated.
You can see what I'm talking about in some photos I've posted on my website, but I'm sure the same would be true anywhere in the world really. :-P
I have lived in a few different parts of the state. Maine is beautiful all times of the year, but what a lot of people miss is the winter skies. for some reason they are beautiful, in the morning the colors are so crisp, and of course the northern lights. I just think the sky makes things look so amazing, the sunsets in the summer are great too. Good Luck!
HI! Not sure if you listen to NewsFlash, so I thought I'd drop you a line here, too! Maine can have tons of blue sky at any time of the year. A lot does depend on what you call "good weather", and what you'll be wanting to photography. The moose are often up north, and not always findable down south. I lived just north of Bangor for 3 years and only saw 2...a cow and calf walking along the interstate. Couldn't stop! I'd recommend spring/summer because of the warmer weather and longer days. If you can get the foliage reports, Fall can be good, too.
Not too much help, but provided you want to avoid the snow, almost any time of year can yield good pictures! Here's one I took on an early October hike up Mt. Katahdin. With my old p&s. I like blue sky, what can I say? As well, one of the Stillwater river outside my house, that same fall.