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on Nov 2, 2009 in Landscape Photography

I’m Not a Graceful Loser

You probably recognize this lighthouse by now, it’s the Portland Lighthouse and I’ve already had at it twice this month. I was not happy with my most recent results and wanted to erase it from the books. When I saw the weather forecast for Saturday evening, I contacted the ranger at the lighthouse who I’ve befriended to get his opinion on the weather forecast. I got on the phone, changed our airline tickets and went for it. I’m so glad that we did.

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This is the general photograph I’ve been looking to make at the Portland Lighthouse, a solid B&W. This is soooo much better than my other two efforts, in this regard, I’m happy I persisted. Na, it’s not perfect and I can do better but at least I can leave ME knowing I improved on this opportunity.

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Here’s the color version of the above image. One issue I have with it are the clouds. The wind was blowing something fierce. The clouds were moving so fast that they blurred in the 1/2sec exposure and because of that, the color is just funky at the top of the frame. In fact the wind was changing the clouds so fast I made a still image video clip.

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The light and the clouds changed so much in fact, that we hoofed it over to the other side of the lighthouse. I wasn’t sure I’d like this side because it wouldn’t directly see the light from the sunset. Luckily enough, light bounced in to give it a slight glow. We were told this is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Don’t know if that is true but I do know I don’t have the image I want from this gorgeous locale so I will keep going back until I get it.

What I didn’t like about the other two images in the other blog postings (not the ones above)? The first one has a very boring sky, it’s cloudless and so lifeless to me. It doesn’t tell the story of the lighthouse. The second image I don’t like the quality of the file, caused by the total lack of quality of the light. This final image for the month has the clouds and a much better quality of light so I am getting closer. Good thing, because when it comes to my photography, I’m not a graceful loser!

Photos captured by D3x, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film