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Discover Park is a large park on the north side of Seattle. It sits on the Puget Sound with beautiful views west to the sounds and Olympic Mountains beyond.
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Discover Park is a large park on the north side of Seattle. It sits on the Puget Sound with beautiful views west to the sounds and Olympic Mountains beyond.
Built on the historic Fort Lawton, the lighthouse was originally lit in 1881. Now it is automated and a popular place both summer and winter around sunset.
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davidparkhurst
 
I love it very good
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 Feb 21
Outstanding clarity of focus, lighting and detail ... Congrats on your award, well done.
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speterson6 Feb 23
Superb image, great light.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Discovery Park in Seattle, WA. The West Point Lighthouse is a mile walk from the main parking lots down the bluff to the Puget Sound.
Time
The photo was taken at sunset. I knew we were forecasted to have a nice evening and since I had the night free. I decided to head down to the lighthouse to tray again and capture it. My first time there was during the day and the light was too harsh for a good picture. Unfortunately the Lighthouse is a popular spot, so this is actually 2 images that were taken 30 seconds apart to help remove a couple of the people moving around the lighthouse.
Lighting
Being in Seattle and in the winter, the sun sets much further south than it does in the summer. This allowed me to capture the light on the side of the lighthouse rather than back lighting it which happens in the summer. I think this actually creates a better image with better depth and definition to the lighthouse and a softer scene overall.
Equipment
This was taken with my Fuji X-T3, XF 10-24 lens, and Benro Carbon Slim Tripod. I also used a Breakthrough Photography ND Filter.
Inspiration
I was inspired to get this photo as it is an iconic spot in Seattle. Not only can you get the Lighthouse, but also the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I had tried to get the lighthouse once before and failed to get what I wanted, so that added to the appeal of trying again.
Editing
There is some slight post processing as it was taken in RAW. I had two photos I used that were taken about 30 seconds apart. I took more, but only needed 2 to remove the people in the frame. Using Lightroom and Photoshop, I improved the color separation a bit and improved the contrast especially on the lighthouse.
In my camera bag
I tend to take the same group wherever I go. I use my Fuji X-T3 camera and 3 lenses. All Fujis, the XF 10-24, XF 18-55, and XF 55-200. I feel like these cover the gamut of what I shoot. I have some others on my list, but changing would be more of preference, not necessity as these are all excellent lenses. I also always have my Benro Carbon Slim tripod and a host of Breakthrough Photography filters with me. A CPL, ND3, ND6, and ND10 to allow me to get the result I am looking for.
Feedback
Getting the right light is key. Knowing the location, where the sun will be, and being there at the right time will get you most of the way there. The rest I have learned through watch YouTube and other tutorials to learn as much as possible about composition, post processing, and techniques. I have found that some pictures like this one do not take much post processing if the rest is done correctly. The other key I will say for most landscape photography is the usage of a tripod. For this shot is was integral so I could blend people out of the photograph rather then trying to use Photoshop object removal to do it which would have produced an inferior result.

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