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This Cape Cod lighthouse, Nobska Point Light, is located in Wood’s Hole area of Falmouth (that’s where the ferry goes over to Martha’s Vineyard).
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This Cape Cod lighthouse, Nobska Point Light, is located in Wood’s Hole area of Falmouth (that’s where the ferry goes over to Martha’s Vineyard).

It was worth going out on the cold crisp winter evening to shoot this shot at the close of dusk. I do confess recently adding the beacon’s glows with Photoshop.

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7 Comments | Report
jaxesk8s
 
jaxesk8s January 25, 2016
I love how you captured the rays of light.. I've always wanted to do this, but can't seem to get it right. Great work!
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FredericMONIN January 28, 2017
Excellent composition and colors !!!
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CapeScapesCoastal January 28, 2017
Thank you Frederick.
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brandygessner February 01, 2017
Beautiful!
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CapeScapesCoastal February 01, 2017
Thanx Brandy
Smert
 
Smert August 30, 2017
Love the colours
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CapeScapesCoastal September 16, 2017
Hey Dave - Did punch up bit in PS, but was very nice.
Kingskourt
 
Kingskourt May 17, 2018
Love this shot 💥💥
annbutler_4049
 
annbutler_4049 May 17, 2018
Beautiful
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CapeScapesCoastal May 28, 2018
Thank you to you all for your kind comments.

Behind The Lens

Location
This was a very cold winter evening in the small neighborhood of Wood's Hole, in Falmouth, Massachusetts. It's where the ferry to Martha's Vineyard is located. I arrived bit late for sunset, but caught the end of twilight.
Time
I did love the way the lights on the lighthouse softly glistened in the last bit of twilight and reflected off the windblown snow cover. It was definitely worth sticking around after the 'sunset' was over... The hot chocolate would come later...
Lighting
All the sky was natural light – the last bit of twilight, and the usual lighting on the lighthouse, which was pretty strong, because the sky was getting pretty dark.
Equipment
I used my trusty old Nikon F2. Yes - back in the late 35mm slide days... Set on my heavy duty Gitzo tripod.
Inspiration
No real inspiration – just a favorite nearby lighthouse with plenty of shooting vantages. Usually very busy in the summer time (VERY small parking area nearby). So off season, especially winter has more opportunities.
Editing
Yes, after scanning, did the usual saturation and color improvements. Then, much later, while whiling away a couple hours on a long plane flight, experimented with some more Photoshop to add the soft rays of light coming from the top of the lighthouse. Took a few tries – but finally found one I liked.
In my camera bag
My nikons and a few lenses, depending on where I'm going. Though not a 100% pro (I'm primarily a art director & designer), I am currently upgrading my main camera to a D850 to have more flexibility in shooting more detail for larger scale projects. Besides cameras and lenses, also have filters, especially graduated (tho these can be 'added' in Photoshop these days), and, in particular, Singh Ray color enhancement an polarizing filters.
Feedback
To shoot iconic images, like lighthouses (my favorite subjects), what I usually do (when on location - maybe on a vacation to a new place) is go to the local tourist gift shops to get a good supply of postcards of the best local landmarks/subjects. I use these to find the best subjects, but NOT for what to copy – rather the opposite – I try to find better, more unique personal vantage points and times of day (I have a strong aversion of boring blue skies...). Of course, sometimes you don't really have a choice... One other quick thing for shooting landscape and seascapes (especially of iconic images) that you might want to sell – make sure you always shoot at least couple VERTICAL versions of your shots. As an art director, I always think: full page covers. Not enough up-and-coming landscape shooters do. And also shoot some off-center, and some with open space too – you never knowhow a shot will be used...

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