Portland’s watercolors

Posted May 10, 2012, at 11:11 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The next time you watch a movie check out the night scenes. Chances are the streets and sidewalks will be wet — even though it is not raining.

Filmmakers learned long ago that wet pavement reflects light.

The sparkle and contrast adds a little visual stimulation to the scene. So before the shooting starts, everything gets hosed down, unless Mother Nature has taken care of it already — as she has in Maine for the last two weeks.

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