Mervyn Hurwitz  

Hillsboro Lighthouse by Mervyn Hurwitz

May 2023 - Hillsboro Lighthouse

About the Image(s)

This is our local lighthouse about 10 miles from my house. It was a full moon and I had hoped to use the lighthouse to silhouette the moon, but it arose to the north and we were not able to get a good position.
Sony A7 70mm lens. ISO 10000. f4, 1/3 sec on a tripod.

7 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I like how that diagonal light line ties in the structure to the far right. It is nicely lit. Did the full moon help with overall lighting, or is it just due to the lights in the area? I noticed the clouds had kind of a clunky look to them, and I was expecting a slight blur. Did you try PhotoPills to see if the moon is in the area you wish some other time of year?   Posted: 05/08/2023 09:35:08

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Thanks Bob. This was taken before the moon rose. I had to time the duration that the light circled to catch the beam at the right moment.
The grungy look is due to the high ISO, even though I used Topaz Denoise AI. Thanks for the tip about PhotoPills   Posted: 05/08/2023 10:24:14

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Mervyn, after struggling with another lighthouse image myself, I really can appreciate how you have caught the beam just perfectly. - Is it a passing ship that is lit by the beam in the bottom right corner? I think it gives a special meaning to the image, and also makes a nice balancing element. I love the way the palm trees are lit from below and show against the dark sky.   Posted: 05/09/2023 10:34:56

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
You didn't catch the moon, but you did get an outstanding picture. The light beam going from the top left corner to the ship on the bottom right is what makes this photo. Congratulations on your timing! For the rest, nothing to add to an excellent composition, since I like the clouds as they are.   Posted: 05/09/2023 18:07:32

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Wonderful image! Nice timing! Nothing to add really, agree with the other comments posted.   Posted: 05/10/2023 04:47:24

Terry Palmer   Terry Palmer
I've heard this in the past and try to remember when I'm shooting that people will ignore noise if the image is sharp, but won't ignore a fuzzy or out of focus image. I think that the main focus of this image is the lighthouse and the light going out. I think this capture took very good planning and execution. I might darken the ship a little since I feel that it is slightly overpowering the lighthouse.   Posted: 05/12/2023 15:58:57

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I have no doubt that you have made a perfect timing to take the image and the digonal light beams work well. My vision is directed to look at the ship following the light beam bedore looking at the palm trees and the sky.   Posted: 05/13/2023 05:37:41


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