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"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out" J.R.R. Tolkien

"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out" J.R.R. Tolkien
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36 Comments |
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More January 20, 2016
Gorgeous capture love the tones :)
Imagecreator13 PRO+
 
Imagecreator13 January 23, 2016
Well done-one of the most beautiful shots of the Portland Lighthouse I have ever seen.
LUsherLamacraft Premium
 
LUsherLamacraft February 13, 2016
Beautiful
annakoperczak Platinum
 
annakoperczak March 13, 2016
Wow!! lovely tones - very warm.
LindaMeets
 
LindaMeets April 14, 2016
Breathtaking :)
Mimismountain Premium
 
Mimismountain April 14, 2016
Beautiful picture!
SarahKeates
 
SarahKeates June 15, 2016
Lovely shot!
NielsFahrenkrogPhoto Ultimate
 
NielsFahrenkrogPhoto September 04, 2016
Gorgeous shot! thanks for sharing :)
sandraolson
 
sandraolson September 04, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
sandraolson
 
sandraolson September 04, 2016
Stunning..
CharlieV
 
CharlieV September 04, 2016
love
lesliehoerwinkle
 
lesliehoerwinkle October 10, 2016
Not bad.
Maiemyphoto
 
Maiemyphoto December 13, 2016
I like it !!!
very good
andinorwich
 
andinorwich December 15, 2016
lovely hues!
epicphotosbyjohn
 
epicphotosbyjohn March 09, 2017
You have a really nice gallery. Great lighting in all your shots.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 March 21, 2017
absolutely gorgeous! シ
footprints
 
footprints June 01, 2017
Beautiful!! I was just there for the first time the day before yesterday!!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 11, 2017
Beautiful scene.
lilianlou
 
lilianlou December 14, 2017
absolutely breathtaking!
stewartmac
 
stewartmac December 23, 2017
Beautiful, always wanted to live in a lighthouse
rushewallace
 
rushewallace February 01, 2018
excellent !!!
John256
 
John256 March 05, 2018
Beautiful.
karolebowlds
 
karolebowlds March 09, 2018
Gorgeous.... Love this lighthouse!! Great capture!
JM18Photography PRO+
 
JM18Photography April 16, 2018
Gorgeous, congratulations!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz April 17, 2018
Gorgeous! Congratulations on your win! Well deserved!
FirstImpressionsbyBobby
 
I love this as well as everyone else!! Lol!! I was recently hurt and almost died and photography has been my healing process,and I'm new to all this too! Your pictures have really inspired me, thank you for being a photographer!!
Ibraheem_ALSinjlawi
 
Ibraheem_ALSinjlawi June 09, 2018
Nice one !
terrym56
 
terrym56 April 03, 2019
This is gorgeous!
melissaknapp
 
melissaknapp March 06, 2021
Gorgeous
franklinabbott Platinum
 
franklinabbott March 07, 2021
Stunning
DAsEye Platinum
 
DAsEye June 06, 2021
The tones are beautiful
ronjudyluv2travel Platinum
 
ronjudyluv2travel February 23, 2022
Beautiful capture, KS! Congratulations x 3!
MagicNature
 
MagicNature May 21, 2022
Paradise!!!!
dianaeselin_5241
 
dianaeselin_5241 June 19, 2022
Gorgeous
Eddieuuu071 Platinum
 
Eddieuuu071 July 18, 2022
Love this photo!
HuaweiP30Lite
 
HuaweiP30Lite May 12, 2023
Where is it?
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Behind The Lens

Location

This is Portland Head Lighthouse located at Cape Elizabeth in Portland Maine.

Time

During the golden hour at sunset, but this shot is facing east.

Lighting

I only had about 10 minutes to shoot before the park closed, so I just used natural sunset light. I did underexpose some of the shots a little to be able to get a lot more color tones of the sky and not blow it out.

Equipment

I used a Canon T3i, Canon 24-70 2.8L ii lens, a tripod, and a timer

Inspiration

I have always been captivated with lighthouses, but it was the late "Thomas Kinkade, painter of light" that was the inspiration behind this shot. When I have seen his paintings of lighthouses and how he captures poetic, picturesque beauty of each one, the way he paints such magical light, it made me want to see as many lighthouses as possible. I soon became drawn to photograph them everywhere I can. In my opinion, the Portland Head Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful and magical lighthouses in the US! It is especially fun to shoot this place because of how light can show the texture of the landscape of the rocks around it. It is now one of my most favorite places to photograph in the whole US!

Editing

I edited first in light room, bringing up shadows, increasing clarity, and used the brush tool a lot to paint more exposure and detail into areas that I wanted to create a lot more light and shadow depth. Then I brought it over to photo shop to sharpen, balance color tones the way I wanted them. I am fairly new at light room and photo shop, so if I can edit this, anyone can!

In my camera bag

I used a Canon T3I for this, but now also own a Canon 6D. Canon 24-70 2.8L ii lens, Canon 70-200 2.8L IS ii lens, Canon 10-22 wide angle lens, Canon 50 1.8 lens, Canon 18-55 lens, Canon 430EXll speedlite, 5in1 reflector, an ND filter and a timer.

Feedback

My biggest advice to taking a shot like this, is make sure you take several shots from more than one vantage point until you find the right spot. It is amazing how things take on a different look to the lighthouse and rocks just by moving a few feet in another direction! Then take a few underexposed shots to keep your sky from blowing out. Also don't think too technical when shooting... let light be your director! Watch for the way the light is performing. The evening I took this, the sky did not look very interesting, and not very many dramatic clouds in the sky. What I was looking for is how light hit the rocks and just use what I had in the way of light. I think it was the biggest key to this image.

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