Since the original post was over a 100, I asked Rick to lock it, so we can continue here.
Here's frisky little fellow I caught just laying around doing nothing on a hot sumemr after nood last year. So lazy, sitting around all day, doing nothing. The life of a lighthouse that's the life of me.
I guess I'm not bashful about getting both myself and collection of Nikon gear exposed to the elements when it comes to gale photography along the Lake Michigan shore. This shot, I was fortunate to have selected as the cover photo for the Feb '03 issue of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. This shot was taken handheld December 20th before Lake Michigan froze using an F5 with a Nikkor 300 mm f4 AF-S lens. The camera was set in shutter priority mode at 1/800th of a sec and the exposure from the Photo Secretary download was actually shot at an aperature of f6.3. I was shooting Provia 100F pushed 1 stop to Iso 200. Winds were a constant 20-25 mph from the NNW (slightly right of center) and were driving 8-10 foot waves into the end of the pier. This image was the 3rd of a 7 frame sequence shot at 4 fps. This image and the full animated GIF sequence are on my website on the following page:
The posted image is cropped square. The full frame image was shot in the portrait orientation to give the graphics folks space for the Title Page graphics across the top of the cover. Something to think about if you're shooting for possible uses like that when you're composing.
Aaron asked for more lighthosues. Two weeks ago, I spent 4 days shooting out on North Carolina's Outer Banks. I got a lot of shots that I really liked... One that I've been wanting for a long time is a shot of a lighthouse with a rainbow. Mother Nature, happily, cooperated and gave me a spectacular setting for that shot at Bodie Island one evening in a lull between some pretty heavy thunderstorms. This shot was taken with one of my F5's on Fuji Velvia using a new Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 AF-S lens that arrived about a week before I left for NC. This was a 1/125th sec exposure at f/8 and a focal length of 28 mm. For a title, given the rainbow, 'The Promise' somehow seemed appropriate.
Here's another photo of the lighted first order Fresnel lens in the lantern room at Bodie Island shot on the same trip. This particular exposure was shot on Fuji Velvia as a 1 minute exposure to push the Velvia into reciprocity failure. Nikon F5/Nikkor 300 mm f/4 AF-S + TC-20E-II 2x teleconverter at f/8 (wide open with the 2X). The exposure was shot off a Bogen 3221 tripod with a 3047 pan/tilt head. The USCGS is talking about removing that beautiful lens to restore it and there is some question as to their intent to return it to the lantern room after restoration. Hopefully, it will be returned for future generations of photographers, lighthouse lovers, and mariners.
Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine, USA. Taken on my April 2003 trip to the USA (I live in the UK). F80, 24-85 AFS, f/16, guessing about 1/125?, Fuji Superia Reala 100. Scanned from negative with Minolta Dimage III.
This was shot yesterday at South Haven in a full blown gale... handheld, 300 mm f/4 on an F5 on Provia 400F. 1/800th sec shutter priority at f/5.6. Mother Nature at her best! Comments are always welcome.
What a difference a day makes in the personality of Lake Michigan! This shot was taken last night from the South Pier at St Joseph... Not quite a lighthouse, but the barge Integrity sailed in past the lights... Nikon F5, 300 mm f/4 on Provia 100F... haven't downloaded the shooting data but will if anyone is curious.
Well, the challenge is over, and everyone posted some amazing shots. But we all need time to go out and shoot more lighthouse shots for the next Lighthouse challenge starting up soon. Thanks for posting.
Aaron J. Heiner Team Coast Guard Photographer US Department of Homeland Security
I'll certainly be looking forward to the next lighthouse challenge. As for getting out to shoot lighthouses... that's something I get to do fairly often living here in the SW corner of Michigan and within about 50 miles of five lighthouses! Bring on the next challenge!!!
This is Fenwick Island Lighthouse in Delaware this was a very hard lighthouse to photograph it had houses on both sides with just a few feet on either side if you shot from the front you had wires and poles to deal with
This is Coney Island Lighthouse in Coney Island Brooklyn New York This lighthouse was getting ready to be sandblasted and repainted it still has an active living light keeper and living in the house.He let us come on the property to photograph the light. To get to the light you have to go through a gated community with guards sorry about the scaffolding.
This is Huntington Harbor Lighthouse the only way you can see the front is by boat this happens to be the back it is being restored if you want to go out to the lighthouse they will take you out but you have to spend the day working at your trade. I was on private property when I took this shot.
I figured I should contribute some to this thread given that my username is lighthousephoto, which pretty well defines my favorite photographic subject. I just posted another shot lower down on this thread but figured I'd post as a reply to this first post in case anyone is watching for additional replies.
This shot of the north pier lighthouses at St Joeseph, Michigan was taken during a full blown gale the around the beginning of December last year. The conditions were pretty awful. Sustained 30-40 mph winds, gusting into the 60-70 mph range from the NNW that were driving waves in the range of 11-16 feet (according to NOAA's marine near shore forecast for the day) into the north pier. It was a great day for storm swept lighthouse photography! Horizontal sleet, the whole 9 yards! This shot was taken handheld kneeling up in the dues to get a little elevation. Forget about a tripod on a day like that! I was shooting with one of my F5's and a 300 mm f4 AF-S lens on Provia 100F that was pushed 1 stop to iso 200. The camera was in shutter priority mode at 1/800th of a sec and according to the photo secretary download, this image was shot at f5.6.
This image and some other animated GIF sequences shot during that outing are on my website at the following URL:
"Pillar of Fire" - this photo of the lighthouse at South Haven, Michigan was shot about time time last year. A sun pillar is caused by flat plates of ice in the upper atmosphere acting as billions and billions of tiny mirrors that reflect light from the sun when it has gone beneath the horizon back to the person viewing the event. Here are a couple of links out on the web that talk more about this phenomenon if anyone is interested:
I shot an entire roll of Velvia within about the 5 minutes that the sun pillar lasted. The posted image was shot with a Nikon F5/Nikkor 80-200 mm f2.8 AF-S lens at 80 mm, 1/25th sec at f4. I count myself very fortunate to have been able to photograph this event at all, much less with the South Haven lighthouse as a part of the image.
Thanks for the compliment, Fredster. In response to your request for me to keep 'em coming, here's one for you. This photo was shot over on the other side of Lake Michegan at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This is the Sturgeon Bay North Pierhead light. The shot was taken about 9:20 PM in June, 2001. At that hour in the central time zone, it's pretty dark and the sky is nearly black. This is a 4 minute exposure on Provia 100F. The shot was previsualized in terms of the composition. The long exposure was needed to pick up enough light reflecting off the ship canal in the forgrond when the light in the lantern room flashed on every few seconds. The beautiful cobalt blue color is courtesy of me pushing the film into severe reciprocity failure, which I was specifically after. Rather than avoiding it, I tend to use it in my compositions at times. Maybe a bit unorthodox, but I certainly liked the result I got here. The shot was taken with a Nikon F5, Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 AF-S lens using Provia 100F rated at Iso 100. The focal length was 80 mm and the exposure was 4 minutes (no, you didn't misread that and that isn't a mistake!) at f22. The camera was mounted on a Bogen 3021 Pro tripod with a Bogen 3039 pan/tilt head and an MC-20 electronic cable release. There are a lot of other low light lighthouse photos on my website if anyone is interested at the link below.
This is another shot of the Sturgeon Bay North Pierhead light, this one taken at dawn in October, 2001. This has to be one of the wildest sunrises I've ever shot color-wise -- hence the title "Technicolor Dawn." This was shot using one of my F5's, and a Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 AF-S lens. The shot was taken on Velvia pused 1 stop to iso=100. The exposure was 1.3 sec at f8.
No doubt about it, you've created a monster given that lighthouses are THE favorite target for my Nikons! I've little doubt that this could become the perpetual lighthouse thread!
Here's a couple more shots to feed the critter!
The first image is titled, "Dawn Reflection on the Sand." This was shot last September at Big Red in Holland, Michigan from the infrequently photographed south side. This was shot using one of my F5's and an 80-200 f2.8 AF-S lens on Provia 100F. The shot was 1/2 sec at f 2.8. To balance the exposure a 2 stop ND grad was used with the gradient starting at the bottom of the grass line.
This second shot was taken at St Joe during Labor Day week last year (1st week of September). At that time of the year and during the corresponding week in the spring, the angle of the setting sun is such that it sinks between the inner and outer lights there on the north pier at an angle allowing you to shoot the scene with a medium telephoto so that you fill the frame with the two lights and the setting sun. I had been waiting for a decent sunset to take this shot after I realized what I could do with the scene for about 18 months. I was out at St Joe five nights out of 7 that week last year... I have 4 spectacular evenings that week. What more could I ask for? This shot was taken using an F5 with a Nikkor 300 mm f4 AF-S lens on Fuji Velvia exposed at Iso 50 with an exposure of 1/25th sec at f11.
The shot of St Joe with the sun sinking between the towers that I posted last allows a myriad of possibilities depending on where you decide to set up to shoot. Moving about 20 yards to the left of the previous shot on a different night that same week, I got this shot, "As the Sun Sank Slowly in the West..." I like the silhouetted people there watching the sunset from the end of the north pier to add a sense of scale and pupose to this image. This was shot with an F5 loaded with Fuji Velvia exposed at iso=50. I was using a Nikkor 300 mm f4 AF-S lens with an exposure of 1/2 sec at f16. The camera was mounted on a Bogen 3021 Pro tripod with a Bogen 3039 pan/tilt head.
BTW, the outer light does lean fairly prominently to the left, as do many of the Lake Michigan pier lights from the years of being pounded by waves and storms. Among mariners, Lake Michigan is known as one of the most violent bodies of water on earth despite being a lake!
This shot of the St Joe north pier lights was taken the same afternoon as my previous post titled, "Maelstrom." The winds and waves that afternoon were ferocious to say the least. Sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range with gusts of 60-70 mph and waves running consistently in the 11-16 foot range with the occasional 20 footer slamming into the north pier. The outer light frequently disappeared in billowing blasts of spray from the large waves and blowing winds. This fantastic afternoon was made more "interesting" in that there was also horizontal sleet, that crusted my right side as well as the right side of my F5 and 300 mm lens with ice by the time I finally called it a day. This image was shot with an F5 paired with my Nikkor 300 mm f4 AF-S lens. I was shooting Fuji Provia 100F pushed 1 stop to iso = 200. I was shooting in shutter priority mode with the shutter set at 1/800th sec. This particular image was at f6.3. In conditions like these I don't bother to use a tripod -- the long lens barrel just acts as a sail and you run the risk of the tripod blowing over, so why bother?
The animated GIF sequence that this iamge came from is on my website at the following URL:
OK, some lighthouse variety was requested. No problem! This dawn shot of the Pointe aux Barques lighthouse at the tip of Michigan's thumb was shot in April, 2001. Nikon F5, Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 AF-S lens, Fuji Velvia. The exposure was shot at 1/2 sec at a focal length of 32 mm and an aperature of f22. I particularly liked the light pole, with the light still on alongside of the lighthouse... light for the people and the ships! I also liked the overhanging branches of the big tree and the gradient color in the predawn sky. Comments are always welcome.
Here's another one, Fredster, this time from the left coast. This is the lighthouse at Pigeon Point, shot in November, 2000 at dawn. This is an image that I had a mental picture of before I ever got there that morning. The shot was set up using a Singh-Ray 2 stop grad ND filter with the start of the gradient set up parallel to the shoreline. The lens was stopped all the way down to allow me an exposure in the range of about 30 sec. I was after the milky surfline parallel to the shore and wanted it to be over exposed relative to the rest of the Pacific in the foreground. The shot was taken on Fuji Velvia using my F5 and a Nikkor 80-200 mm f2.8 AF-S lens, probably stopped all the way down to saturate the predawn colors in the sky. I was shooting off a Bogen 3221 tripod with a 3047 pan/tilt head. I ended up shooting an entire roll of film to get this effect. It's a royal pain when you can barely see to get the faint start of the ND grad exactly parallel to the shore... Shoot, adjust, shoot, adjust... Oh well, I liked the result I got so it was worth the slides that went in the round file where I blew the angle.
Ah, the haunted lighthouse. So many ghosts, that even the military that owns the structure is scared to stay over night. See that big Dobbler Radar ball? That's not a ball at all, it's a ghost! heheheh
I've been busy and haven't posted anything here in a couple of weeks so it seems about time to do it again! This shot of South Haven was taken at sunset in September, 2001 using a Nikon F5/Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 AF-S lens on Velvia off a Bogen 3221 tripod with a 3047 pan/tilt head. Comments are always welcome.
You've piqued my curiosity. Which photo on the website do you call, "frozen storm?" Is that the one with the diagonally hanging icicles? Please let me know... I can certainly post it here to share with the Nikonan community.
Hopefully the photo you refer to as "Frozen Storm" is the one I've always jokingly called, "The Iceman Cometh!"
Anyway, here's the one I thought you were referring to. If it's not the right one, let me know and I'll post it again. If you click the individual photos on the website, you'll get an expanded window that has an image description, and in some cases, the title for the photo.
There's no doubt about it; you are the King of lighthouses. Spectacular work, really outstanding - your shots even made me enthusiastic about lighthouses for a few moments.. Keep on posting that great stuff!
OK, so I'm a low light junkie! This photo of the wet pier at Grand Haven, Michigan was shot after sunset last September. This was a 30 sec exposure shot at f22 on Fuji Velvia. I was using my F5 and a Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 lens. Comments are always welcome!
Business took me to a scientific conference at the beginning of April in Savannah, GA. Conveniently, Savannah is within a relatively short distance of a number of lighthouses. The ones that I visited in my spare time were Tybee Island, Cockspur Island, and St Simon's Island in GA and both Hunting Island and Hilton Head, SC. Getting active on here again, after an absence of about a month, I thought I'd shave a few of these photos, beginning with Tybee Island.
The first show was taken the first morning I was in Savannah. The fog was THICK!!!! After driving out to Tybee Island in the fog, which took twice as long as on a clear morning, I just had to take a couple of shots. While I was there, the fog cleared a bit so I could get a couple of decent foggy morning shots of the lighthouse.
Both of these foggy morning shots of Tybee were taken with an N90/Tamron 28-300 mm variable app lens on Provia 100F. I generally take that body/lens pairing with me when I'm traveling and only want to take a single camera with me.
These galleries are partially completed on line on my website at the following URL:
Here's an image I could use some help identifying. This is a lighthouse on the Alaskan Marine Highway that I captured while heading south from Skagway and Haines but closer to Juneau. For the life of me I can't remember the name, nor can I make it out on the image. Anyone know what this one is called?
Some evenings are just made for photography. This shot at St Joe was shot early last September of Fuji Velvia. I liked the people out the pier watching the sunset, fishing, and whatever, to give a sense of scale to the scene. The distance from the inner light to the outer light is about a quarter of a mile. Nikon F5/Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-S. Comments are always welcome!
We had a nice gale last Saturday that swept out of the northwest down the length of Lake Michigan, driving up some pretty good waves at St. Joeseph. The winds were a constant 20-30 mph, gusting to about 50 and the waves were continually in the 10-12 foot range with an occasional 15-16 footer for good measure. This iamge was shot using a Nikon F5, Nikkor 300 mm f/4 AF-S lens on Provia 100F film.
f/7.1 is a 1/3 stop setting. Going from f/5.6 to f/8 on a camera that gives you 1/3 stop control, you get f/6.3 and f/7.1 as the two choices between f/5.6 and f/8. The Nikon F5 gives you that degree of control. I'm not sure if the F100 does or not. My older N90 doesn't. Hope that this helps some.
Thanks for the nice compliment. Since you've said such kind words, this post is for you! This is a predawn photo of Big Red taken from the south beach. I like to photograph there in the predawn to catch reflections of the light in the lantern room on the surface of Lake Michigan if the water is quiet enough, or on the wet sand as the waves lap at the beach. I'm too tired to dig out the exposure data but this was shot on Fuji Velvia and would have been shot that morning with one of my F5's and a Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AFS lens off a Bogen 3021 Pro tripod with a Bogen 3037 pan/tilt head.
Here is the Lighthouse at Cape May Point in Cape May New Jersey USA. This is now part of a state park, but I believe that it is still a functional lighthouse. It was restored several years ago, and now you can climb to the top, and view the countryside. We go to the state park often to use the beach. I took this picture last week using my Nikon N80 with the 50 mm f1.8 lense. Enjoy
Amazed at the beauty and technique of your pictures here. I wonder whether there is space here for a petition. Has any of you taken a pic of the Skerryvore ligthouse, that one in the middle of the ocean which can be seen, at night off the coast from the isle of Mull, in Scotland?
Everyone knows about R. L. Stevenson as the author of Kidnapped, Jeckyll and Hyde, and Treasure Island, a few know that he came from a long line of civil engineer that planted lights in the middle of the ocean to save ships in distress.
I'm willing to bet, I posted this in the older Lighthouse thread long ago, but I can't remember and this shot is only 10k. It was built for a church off of I-68 in the middle of the mountains of West Virginia. There's no water up there in a 500 mile range!
Now Kat, I expected to see the pair of those together in the same shot I had been wondering if it was still possible to get on to base to photograph those two lighthosues. I hadn't followed up on that after 9-11 once the bases started closing thier gates to the public.
Aaron J. Heiner Team Coast Guard Photographer US Department of Homeland Security
"In 1808 the Upper Canada Gazette printed the following: "It is a pleasure to inform the public that the dangers to vessels navigating Lake Ontario will in a great measure be avoided by the erection of a lighthouse on Gibraltar Point which is to be completed in compliance with an address in the House of Assembly to the Lieutenant Governor." The address referred to above was dated March 9, 1808, and on April 6th the Lieutenant Governor visited the peninsula and chose a site for the lighthouse."