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Portland Headlight Lighthouse by Quang Phan

November 2021 - Portland Headlight Lighthouse

November 2021 - Quang Phan

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About the Image(s)

I took this snap while I was stopping by Portland on my way from Boston Airport to Maine. In Maine there is a total of 65 lighthouses, this lighthouse is rarely overlooked, it is located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The light station is located on a headland at the entrance of the main shipping channel into the Port of Portland, located in Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. Completed in 1791, it is the oldest lighthouse in Maine.

Although rushed, I had a plan in mind before taking the picture. I knew that the sun only set behind the lighthouse, so I had to capture the light of the sunset. And with slow speed I was able to capture the beautiful rays of the sea waves shooting up or down of nature. This picture I have stacked 2 pictures to get the wave to shoot up very flexibly. I replaced sky with Lumina 4 and used my own photos. When stacking the 2 panels together I used the Auto-Align Layers in Edit menu and masked to reveal the wave pieces that I liked. To make the waves roll up I used a B&W adjustment layer to adjust the black and white then blended with the Luminosity option. For other adjustments I used curves and levels to adjust contrast, color grading, and highlights. In the final stage I used Nik to increase the sharpness. The parameters of the photo are as follows: ISO 100, 1/4 sec; f1/16, Focal length 20mm. Olympus E-M1markIII camera with 12-100mm f.4 . lens


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8 comments posted




John Kelly   John Kelly
Wonderful capture of this iconic lighthouse. Your placement of the lighthouse to the left permits the viewer to appreciate the ocean in which it serves the ships. Having served in the Coast Guard (Reserve) I can truly appreciate lighthouses. The water action is terrific. You performed a lot of work which has resulted in a terrific maritime scene. The only way to improve this photo is to put a frame around it and hang it on a wall.   Posted: 11/07/2021 21:07:26



Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Louis Lo, your photograph is a classic take on a classic lighthouse. You judged the time of sunset excellently and I really like what you did to capture the wave movement and splashes. Your sky replacement added just the right touch, improving the image without drawing attention away from the lighthouse and ocean. I'd print this photo and hang it on my wall.   Posted: 11/08/2021 17:30:58



Rich James   Rich James
Louis, I'd buy that in a gallery. With the great leading line moving the eye to the lighthouse and the perfect capture of waves in upheaval you created a gem. The colors are also gorgeous. Excellent.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:33:49



Rich James   Rich James
Louis, I'd buy that in a gallery. With the great leading line moving the eye to the lighthouse and the perfect capture of waves in upheaval you created a gem. The colors are also gorgeous. Excellent.   Posted: 11/09/2021 12:33:49



Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Hi All, this photo was taken by Quang not me...
By the way, this photo is very attractive as it's like a paint. especially the background replaced with sunset color even it's not that strong enough. I would suggest if the shutter speed change to 1/8 or 1/16 sec, for showing the streamline and more details of wave moving, I think that would be more dynamic looks like   Posted: 11/11/2021 04:59:13
Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Sorry about the name confusion. I've been dealing with 3 lawyers this month. To say I am distracted is an understatement. Still, it is no excuse. Sorry   Posted: 11/19/2021 23:37:09



Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Quang, nicely framed and processed, kudos! My only suggestion would have been to mask out the rocks from the painting processes as they appear "muffled" and would provide a strong texture contrast to the waves and softness of the lighthouse and sky. Did you add the mountain on the horizon line at right or did the processing?   Posted: 11/24/2021 10:19:29
Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Trey, I took this picture when it was raining and windy. However I was lucky to see any kind of big waves to play with high speed or long expose. I stacked few images but almost no images were perfect because tripod was shaking. So the stacking may not align perfectly. I intentionaly did post-processed for soft waves by stacking some long exposing images with fast speed images. This process may be complicated and took time. I did not spend time. Some place on the lighthouse were blurred because raindrop on my lens. The mountain on horizontal line is natural because stood on the side that didn't many people stay this side. I will try to go there one more time to take a nice picture again. This picture took with a micro 4/3 not a full frame camera. For competition I need to retake. Thanks for asking and suggestions.   Posted: 11/28/2021 21:16:50