Lowdown on the Lighthouse

Lowdown on the Lighthouse

Where are the clouds when you need them? Of course this would be more dramatic with some detail in the sky…but it is what it is. Gotta love a Lighthouse. To compensate I chose the super low angle, actually dangling my camera below the level of the boardwalk and framing with the flip out LCD.  I like the way the tree/grass line frames the lighthouse in an off center notch.  Cropped at the top for better composition.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide. F5.6 @ 1/250th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

In Lightroom I used a graduated filter effect to darken the sky and a second filter up from the bottom to increase foreground contrast for a more chiseled look. Added Clarity and Vibrance in the Presence panel. Landscape sharpen preset.

From Cape May 2009.

And here is what you have to do to get the shot if you do not have a flip out LCD. My friend Paul Hackett make the sacrifice for art.

Paul Hackett going the extra mile for art...

Paul Hackett going the extra mile for art...


2 Responses to “5/15/2009”

  1. 05/15/2009 at 4:41 am

    I love Cape May. It’s been too long since I was there.

    Love your photography tips. Never would have thought to take a photo of a lighthouse at that angle.

  2. 05/15/2009 at 6:13 am

    Great shot! I often can be found on the ground to get a picture….sometimes all it takes is changing the angle and it turns a so-so shot into a great shot.

    I love looking at your pics and reading the little blurbs that go along with them. Thanks for sharing your expertise with the rest of us!

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