Peggy’s Point Lighthouse

On May 28, 2017, in Nova Scotia, by admin
Peggy's Point Light

Peggy’s Point Light (click to enlarge)

This image of Peggy’s Point lighthouse is an example of “you shoot under the conditions you have”.

Peggy’s Cove is located along the scenic route from Lunenburg to Halifax.  The lighthouse there is one of the iconic Nova Scotia photography locations.  I planned to spend several hours there before heading to Halifax.

As you can see, it was nothing but gray skies while we were there.  I tried to brighten this image in post-processing, but it did not take much movement of the Brightness slider before the lighthouse blended into the gray skies.

This would have been a great mirror composition with the addition of blue skies and puffy white clouds.  Alas, that was not to be during our stop.  I ended up with a bland image with no time in our itinerary for another attempt.

Be warned, tour buses start showing up in the parking lot around 0900.  If you want people free images, get there early!

Peggy’s Point Lighthouse: N 44 29 30.45 W63 55 07.10

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Sunset at Cape Neddick Lighthouse

On September 5, 2015, in Maine, by admin
Sunset at Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Sunset at Cape Neddick Lighthouse

I recently received an email from the Dave Morrow Photography website with a link to a night sky editing tutorial.  I thought to myself “Hey, I have some night sky images of Cape Neddick Lighthouse from my recent Nova Scotia holiday”.  I watched Dave’s tutorial and used some of his techniques on my image.

I took this image from the rocks across the channel from the lighthouse along with 8-10 other photographers.  I spent about an hour before and after sunset capturing images to see how the light changed.  I was actually out there so long that my wife, who did not pay attention where I set up, thought I had fallen into the water; she didn’t do anything, but at least she had the thought…

As you can see by the water, I used very slow shutter speeds, 30 seconds in this particular image.  It might look like the image was taken during the day, but that is just a result of the the long exposure time and the “blue hour” that follows sunset.

N43 09 55.11 W070 35 27.89

Chimney and Shingle Roof

On April 23, 2014, in North Carolina, by admin


Chimney and Shingle Roof

Chimney and Shingle Roof (click to enlarge)

I took this image at the principal keeper’s quarters at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  This is actually part of a much larger, totally uninteresting image.  I just happened to shoot it while waiting for my wife to finish a tour of the double keeper’s quarters next door.  Just for giggles, when we returned home I started using Photoshop’s Crop tool to try and find the “image within the image”.

Notice that there are few, if any, lines in the shingles or the chimney parallel to any edge of the image.  I think the closest parallel line is the front edge of the chimney.  As I moved around the Crop tool in Photoshop, it really looked like the edges of the Crop tool were askew.  I had to check several times to make sure I had not hit some hidden, little used, option on the Crop  tool and that the edges of the tool were truly square to each other.

Look closer at the image above.  Does the lower left corner appear to be closer to the title text than the lower right corner?  It sure appears that way to me, but I know each corner is the same height from the text.  This is a pretty good optical illusion for a throwaway image.

Location: N35 15 04.67 W075 31 45.47

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