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on May 6, 2009 in Landscape Photography


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The alarm went off mighty early this AM with a 04:30 departure time. We had a long drive down to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, but it was more than worth it. The morning sun couldn’t find an aperture through the clouds to provide with glorious color, but that’s OK. This is a straight shot of the lighthouse. I just did a little mental counting and a couple seconds prior to the beam coming around, I let the motordrive rip and using its speed to catch the light as if pointed right to me. Exposure comp was -2 to make sure it looked stormy, which it wasn’t.

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We then booked it over to the other side of the lighthouse to catch the morning light. It was OK but it was just after 08:00 when the light and clouds played together nicely making the lighthouse come to life. I walked around to the west facing edge so catch the shading on the side which I think is so important to convey in the photo the cyclindical aspect of the lighthouse. I used the 24PC-E to clean up the lines the best I could but if you look at the walkway at the top, you’ll see it’s not accurate. But waiting for the mixture of clouds and light was essential to bring the image to life

Photos captured by D3, 200f2 / 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film