Adi Ben-Senior  

The lighthouse of Body Island OBX, NC. by Adi Ben-Senior

May 2023 - The lighthouse of Body Island OBX, NC.

About the Image(s)

I took it on January 8th. It is another picture from the same series as the Pier At Night that I posted previously and with the same elements .

The contrast of the moving sky against the fixed lighthouse in the vastness of its surroundings. A bit of Cropping from the left. I reduced the blue slider (-22) to darken the sky a bit.

In total I took 4 frames.

I used a tripod and ND10 filter. while Spec: Nikon Z7_2 ; Nikkor z 24-120mm f4; @31mm ; S30" ; f22 ; iso 64 ; Manual ; center weighted metering

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Mark Holbrook
Overall, I like the photo. The fact that the clouds are a bit blurred giving a sense of movement, almost makes it seem as though the sky was pasted there from a different or similar photo: It just seems out of context with the rest of the photo. Crystal clear in all respects except the clouds. It would be interesting to me to see the same photo with the clouds frozen in time like the the rest of the photo. I might also have taken off a bit more of the foreground, but that is purely a sense of taste on my part, which undoubtedly, can be said about the whole comment.   Posted: 05/01/2023 13:22:12
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Thanks Mark, I took in total 4 frames all with long exp. so unfortunately - no picture with frozen clouds. I work only within 2/3 proportions so cropping the bottom will bring the fence on the left - too close to the margins of the picture.   Posted: 05/05/2023 07:08:52

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Adi, my comments are similar to Mark's, but speak about something else.

1. The overall composition is wonderful ... exposure, grey-scale or tonal gamut is so, so pleasing.... beautiful work.

2. My issue is the "ghosting" or smearing that permeates around part of the light house; what perpetrated these artifacst? I saw these artifacts because the lighthouse seem to be "sticking out" from the image. Thank you.   Posted: 05/04/2023 11:13:53
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Hi Lance,
Thanks for the comments. I do agree with the ghosting. I went back and checked the RAW file, checked it with all sliders on zero checked it in color and BnW - all the same effect. That tells me this is not editing / photo process. Two more thoughts: One - is the nature of the light house. They are all build and painted to be very visible and capture attention - for their functionality. Two- @30mm f22 everything is in the range of the hyper foal distance equally sharp. That leaves me guessing -this is caused by the contrast of textures created between the structure and the sky behind.   Posted: 05/05/2023 07:33:50
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Yeah, not sure. : )   Posted: 05/05/2023 11:06:25

Margaret Duncan   Margaret Duncan
Hi Adi - an interesting photo and discussion. I love the long exposure effect in the sky - contrasts nicely with the static buildings. But I too, can see those odd bits around the house and lighthouse. To me, it looks a bit like over sharpening. But notwithstanding the technicalities it's still a very pleasing image.   Posted: 05/08/2023 06:34:55

Debasish Raha   Debasish Raha
Hi Adi, I like the effect of moving clouds, the sky made the photo distinct from many other lighthouse photos. Darkening the clouds made the lighthouse stand out. Was the exposure 30 sec?   Posted: 05/13/2023 08:40:09
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Yes 30" seconds. S = SHUTTER. Thanks   Posted: 05/13/2023 19:32:00

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Adi, nice to virtually meet you!

I'm home, recuperating from a minor foot surgery and just finished watching the film THE FABLEMANS - a semi-autobiography of Steven Spielberg. In the final scene, Sam (Steven) is in the office of the famous director John Ford. Ford tells Sam to look at two paintings and asks him to note where the horizon is in each painting. His advice to Sam is thus: "Horizon at the bottom: Interesting. Horizon at the top: Interesting. Horizon in the middle BORING!"

I love your bottom horizon which is beautifully proportioned against the expansive, streaky sky. I, personally don't find the sky to be at odds with the rest of the composition. Quite the contrary. It speaks to me of the constant motion found in nature juxtaposed against the static man made-ness of the lighthouse.

Lance's comments are a "ditto" for me. It is a beautiful image, save for the white ghosting / halo. I am occasionally plagued by this in my images and I notice it most when I have a dark foreground subject set against an "enhanced" sky. I've talked to others about this and the consensus is it is a (sometimes) unavoidable artifact of our modern digital workflow. Forgive me if you already know this Photoshop fix, but if you set the clone stamp tool to "darker color" and use a soft brush with a diameter just slightly wider than the anomaly, you can easily eliminate the halo completely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful image.
  Posted: 05/27/2023 18:51:32
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Michael, I present my works in museums, galleries and private collections. I get a lot of different qritiques but once every while comes a beautiful voice such as yours that makes a world of a difference for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And, thank you for the tip. My editing skills are minimal and limited to a few minutes at most on a given picture as I believe a photographer should dedicate his effort to taking pictures ( as opposed to an editor). Glad you gripped the contrast jest. That was the intention. On which groups do you post? Be well.   Posted: 05/27/2023 20:18:37

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Adi, thanks for the reply. I am a member of Group 3 - General Photography and have just switched from Group 99 to join you here in Group 83.   Posted: 05/28/2023 10:46:03
Adi Ben-Senior   Adi Ben-Senior
Welcome   Posted: 05/28/2023 16:47:24