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Bell Tout Lighthouse

By jeanettermasters
Taken on May 2nd 2011, from the top of a nearby hill. The wind was so fierce it was difficult to stand, much less hold a camera still! I was very pleased with this photo when I uploaded it to my laptop - even the horizon is straight!

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Grampy 8 507 71 England
4 May 2011 9:53AM
It's not really the right time of day for this sort of shot, it's lacking that oompf factor you get with a low light, I think by moving forward a bit you could have avoided the two posts that for me detract from the image. Also I'm sure that with a little more research you could have found an angle that would have hidden the road and cars, for me the biggest problem is the light. It's a good location and worth having another go at.

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Thank you Phill. It was taken at 10.15 am, but as you say, the light was perhaps not at it's best. I take your point about the foreground distraction. But I have to say given the incredibly windy conditions which were rocking me on my feet, and blowing my hair in my face, I was chuffed that it came out this well with minimal, if any, camera shake!. I will visit the area again hopefully in more clement weather conditions and try again. Hopefully finding a more suitable angle to photograph from. Thanks again.Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
4 May 2011 2:38PM
Hello, Jeanette. It sounds as if you suffered extreme weather conditions, and still didn't come away with an amazing image that would have made it all worthwhile. I admire your tenacity. As an exercise, however, I think you found an excellent viewpoint for the lighthouse, and hope you can return. From here you have the roads leading the eye to your subject.
You have placed the lighthouse quite central in the frame, and I would suggest that you try to have it more to one side next time. I personally like the foreground posts, but would like to see them more in focus. The posts and the grass in the foreground are out of focus, but you may like it like that. However, a smaller aperture should help you get everything in focus. I like the row of yellow, probably gorse, and the yellow flowers in the grass, which give the image a lift. There isn't much in the way of colour in the rest of the image, so better light would possibly give the sea a sparkle and add some contrast. I have done a modification where I cropped and moved the posts, shifting the lighthouse to the right, covering up the parked vehicles to the left of the posts, and removing the sky altogether. I think this composition should be possible if you moved more to the right. I gave the image a few tweaks to cheer it up a bit, too.
Hi Pamela.
Your modifications have made such a difference! I must make a mental note to myself to explore more options in 'post production'! Many thanks again.

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