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I think there are very few lighthouses charming as Kermorvan..
Time moves slow with him.

I think there are very few lighthouses charming as Kermorvan..
Time moves slow with him.
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nina050 PRO
 
nina050 October 09, 2015
Only one word to describe this: stunning. Love your gallery...hope you post more photos soon!
DennisartPhotography
 
DennisartPhotography November 07, 2015
Gongratulations ! You are the winner of my Photo Challenge longexposures 30sec +. Regards, Dennis
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz December 01, 2015
Spectacular!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz December 01, 2015
Spectacular!
kimsnow72
 
kimsnow72 January 30, 2016
Beautiful! Look forward to seeing more of your talent.
littlevoice
 
littlevoice April 30, 2016
stunning capture there!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 20, 2016
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
hollyhaskell
 
hollyhaskell June 28, 2016
Very Nice !!
Witmar
 
Witmar June 29, 2016
very good shot
mlorenekimura PRO+
 
mlorenekimura June 29, 2016
Wow, this is incredible. It is so beautiful. I would like to invite you join my lighthouse challenge with it, I think it would be a fabulous addition. You can find it at viewbug,com/challenge/lighthouses-photo-challenge-by-mlorenekimura
BarbieJara
 
BarbieJara June 30, 2016
Beautiful!
Betty_A
 
Betty_A July 04, 2016
Beautiful. Congratulations on winning People's Choice in Right Down the Middle, as well as for all your other well-deserved wins!
AJStuart
 
AJStuart July 04, 2016
Simply beautiful!
HooverTung
 
HooverTung July 05, 2016
Congrats!
debhearn
 
debhearn July 05, 2016
You have an incredible eye and sense of "life" in all things. I love this photo and your sense of beauty. Thanks for sharing!
markclark_5515
 
markclark_5515 July 12, 2016
The kind of place you'ld love to visit. Great depth and detail.
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion February 05, 2017
wow
nicolabarbagli
 
nicolabarbagli February 20, 2017
great job and especially excellent composition, are surprised bright colors. when you have time if you want you can visit my profile to follow me in my shots. best regards
denisenewman
 
denisenewman March 08, 2017
WOW!!! So special ... rising out of the mist ... well planned and beautifully executed!
adavies PRO
 
adavies April 12, 2017
This is just beautiful! Everything about this is really well done! :)
Christina_Guest PRO+
 
Christina_Guest April 26, 2017
The first words that came to me as soon as I viewed this photo were "Absolutely Stunning"! Nice work on all your photos Frances! Thank you for your tips.
MisbahMeraj
 
MisbahMeraj December 14, 2017
Amazing
cpilz83
 
cpilz83 January 17, 2018
Amazing capture.....beautiful colors
Julest
 
Julest January 21, 2018
Just beautiful.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte February 04, 2018
Stunning
claire108
 
claire108 March 21, 2018
????
lukesphotographycornwall
 
Lovely shot
susieclark PRO
 
susieclark July 04, 2018
I want to go there!!! Just brilliant!
Craigboyf1
 
Craigboyf1 September 03, 2018
Looks so stunning there 😊
anstef PRO+
 
anstef August 04, 2019
Excellent photo!
cdhollingsworth PRO+
 
cdhollingsworth August 05, 2019
Beautiful!

Behind The Lens

Location
The shot was taken in October 2015 during a lovely trip in Brittany (France) This is the Kermorvar lighthouse, probably one of my favorites of the whole Finistère
Time
It was the last day of my trip and even I already got a (probably) good shot of the location during the sunset, I decided to visit it again as the weather condition was completely different: a marvelous storm was approaching the coast! This picture was taken around half an hour before the sunset, and the timing was perfect as the light bulb of the lighthouse was just turned on!
Lighting
As the sky was completely overcast, the light was quite flat and uniform. Many photographers don't like this particular situation for landscape photography, but for me is the opposite as you can really focus on the details of the scene! Moreover I'm a blue lover, and this flat light is perfect to enhance this tone!
Equipment
I used a Canon 5D MkIII with a EF 16-35 f2.8 II lens, mounted on a manfrotto 055 with geared head. To get this result, the use of ND, GND and Polarizer filters was absolutely mandatory. As the light was not so strong, I used a 6 stop ND filter. The GND was a 3 stop one.
Inspiration
I believe that the inspiration came from the perfect mix between the atmospheric situation and the perfect geometry of the lighthouse. As you know, it's not so easy to find a working central composition, but the leading lines from the coast line, the lighthouse bridge, the waves and the moving clouds were simply perfect for the idea I had on my mind.
Editing
Every picture need a post process, so the short answer is yes. Many people believe that my pictures are the result of hours of heavy Photoshop post production, but the truth is that this picture is the result of 10 minutes on Lightroom. To get a shot like this, all you need is a good set of filters! I really love to get the shoot on field rather that on Photoshop (Also because I'm absolutely a noob with Ps!) as I love to spend my time deep in Nature and not in front of the screen of my computer.
In my camera bag
I really love to travel as light as I can, so my backpack is filled with just a body and a couple of lenses. I love to use prime lenses, both for quality reasons and because it's easier to find a composition if you "set" your mind to a specific focal length. As I told you before, filters are essentials, so I always bring with me all the filters that I could need once on field. I never forget about safety: a first aid kit ans some torches are always in my bag! To complete my travel kit, a sturdy tripod is mandatory to challenge the stormy and windy weather!
Feedback
Never stop exploring and never stop trying. To get a nice long exposure image, don't wait the last minute to go on filed: go hours in advance, so you'll have the time to explore the area and to find the best composition according to the current weather condition. And don't be lazy: if it's raining, it could be a perfect day for a long exposure! Then remember that you're not seated in a comfortable studio where you can repeat the shoot for hours and hours until you get the desired result: everything is in the hands of Mother Nature, so don't be discouraged if you don't get the shoot that you had on mind. If you want a statistical number, I get a good shoot every 10 attempts! So, just enjoy Nature, and you'll never be disappointed.

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