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Lighthouse in Fog

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 24 September 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Well, sorry if you expected flowers, but I do photograph other stuff too! :-)

I captured this image following a photo tour to Maine. I had driven back to Portland, ME to prepare for my trip home and wanted to head back to the Portland Lighthouse for what was shaping up to be a good sunset. It was partly cloudy and I was getting excited as to what I might be able to capture. When I arrived at the lighthouse, it was socked in with fog.

I recovered from my shock and had to switch gears and decide how I would capture the scenario. The fog had actually begun to dissipate some, so I quickly set up my tripod, composed the shot, and waited until I had an angle of the lighthouse light stretching into the fog. I remember the sounds too: the fog horns were intermittently blasting and there was a loud 'sucking' type sound as the ocean churned and the waves hit the rocks. Those were new sounds to me!

I was the only one on the photo tour with a foggy lighthouse shot, because I took the time to go back out to the lighthouse one more time on my own before I headed home. We had plenty of rain and clouds on the trip, but no fog like this.

Next post: more flowers. :-)

NIKON D300 1/25 second F/16.0 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the moody sea, awesome landscape.

24 Sep 2009 7:53am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Bonjour Barbara, un autre style cela change, pour ma part cette photo est bien constituer,de belle couleur réaliste et belle profondeur qui donne tout sont charme.

24 Sep 2009 8:25am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

What a change of theme :) I like this photo as it captures amazing seascape with great mood. With your description of sounds one can clearly imagine standing there instead of you. Perfectly composed, very well timed for catching the light beam. Maine and it's surrounding must be wonderful place from what I saw and read. And one of my popular writers live there, guess who, yes, yes, Stephen King :)

24 Sep 2009 8:50am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

beautiful soft pastel hues & ambience light......lovely atmosphere & composition well captured

24 Sep 2009 9:10am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe image.
le Maine si mystérieux...souvent le théatre des romans de Mr Stephen King...
tes fleurs sont sublimes également.

24 Sep 2009 9:10am

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

FABULEUX !!!!!!!!!!!

24 Sep 2009 10:46am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

I think this is a wonderful shot! The way the light shines from the lighthouse..
And the waves look great!!

24 Sep 2009 10:55am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

a wonderful shot! I love the stormy/gothic feel this has...

24 Sep 2009 11:31am

Suz from Tulsa, United States

And capture it you did! It is an amazing shot! I hope you printed and framed. You have such a great eye for detail.

24 Sep 2009 11:34am

@Suz: Thanks so much, Suz!

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Very well done! You captured the light from the lighthouse perfectly. I think I prefer this to sun, blue sky and fluffy clouds... or even a sunset. Bravo!

24 Sep 2009 1:03pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous photograph. Superb foreground. I love fog.

24 Sep 2009 1:42pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine foggy lighthouse shot it is! I like how you waited to get the lighthouse's beam just right. Wonderful atmosphere which gives the picture such depth. Excellent.

24 Sep 2009 2:22pm

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

wow !!!!! what a beautiful atmosphere ...amazing foggy pic

24 Sep 2009 3:33pm

Bob Towery from Granite Bay, United States

Spectacular and well done image. Right out of a lighthouse calendar!

24 Sep 2009 3:51pm

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

This is a fantastic image! Congratulations. Thank you for sharing the story of how you made it. It reminds me of a personal photographic idiosyncrasy I've noticed. For example, if you should ask me what I had for lunch yesterday, I would REALLY struggle to remember; but if you should ask me to tell about an image I made ten years ago, I can recall all sorts of detail about its creation. Personally, I love that about photography.

24 Sep 2009 4:52pm

@Bill Laing: It's that special relationship we have with our subject perhaps? Thanks so much, Bill!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Love the muted blue tones here Barbara, I'm just about finishing a short series about St. Mary's Island lighthouse if you'd like to see.

24 Sep 2009 7:04pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, very dramatic scene, great shot!

24 Sep 2009 7:06pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Great shot, really shows the ruggedness of the shoreline and the power of the ocean...so sad about the missed sunset but this is better!

24 Sep 2009 8:58pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A wonderful composition and a great misty atmosphere. Like the grey tonality.

24 Sep 2009 9:54pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

awesome shot, love the feel and the colors

24 Sep 2009 10:03pm

LCImagery from Oregon, United States

This looks like Portland Head Lighthouse. Excellent capture; I like how you captured the lantern light in the fog. A beautiful composition!

25 Sep 2009 12:21am

@LCImagery: Yes, it is Portland Head Lighthouse. A fun place to shoot! Thanks so much!

Steve from Camdenton, United States

An excellent shot of the light house and fog. Good timing on the beam of light.

25 Sep 2009 6:54am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Barbara: This is just wonderful. I can feel those waves lifting to crash onto the rocks. The composition is just right. The colors marvelous. You did great going back and getting this marvelous foggy image.

25 Sep 2009 11:04am

Connie from Downingtown, United States

Great shot! Beautiful composition.. I love that u capture the light of the Lighthouse.Thank you.

25 Sep 2009 2:53pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Truly breathtaking!! Love that light coming from the lighthouse. Beautiful!! : )

25 Sep 2009 7:33pm

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

I love shooting in ME. And this is a perfect example why!

26 Sep 2009 11:54am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


26 Sep 2009 1:16pm

Jen from Bartlett, United States

Wonderful Barbara! This reminds me of my summers in Maine when I was a child. I can still smell the ocean and the coolness of the morning air. Stunning.

26 Sep 2009 5:41pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is an awesome composition! The light shining through the fog is a great capture! Awesome work and thanks for driving back!

27 Sep 2009 3:39am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This is just fantastic. Anything else I'd say is just a repeat of that so I'll just enjoy the photo instead.

27 Sep 2009 7:56am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! This is amazing!!! I love the lighting and tones. Very well captured. Bravo

27 Sep 2009 9:00am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks everyone for stopping by to comment and sharing my 'foggy moment!'

28 Sep 2009 11:08am

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

great photo very well done

28 Sep 2009 4:06pm

@Double KK Photography: Appreciate it, thanks!

Claudia from Illinois, United States

This is just...perfect! The fog makes this shot and your patience in waiting for the light to shine out through the fog paid off. Such a hauntingly beautiful photograph. Sorry you missed your clear sunset but I think you got the better deal with the mist and fog! :)

29 Sep 2009 1:24am

@Claudia: Yeah, sometimes 'plan B' works out better! Thanks!

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States


29 Sep 2009 11:47am

@Silverado Photography: Thank you!

empar bessó from valencia, Spain

spectacular, congratulations!!

29 Sep 2009 6:45pm

@empar bessó: Thanks so much!

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

What a picture!! I have no words, is just superb, five stars for me!! It was not easy to take this picture, you had to go there twice but viewing this amazing picture I'm sure it was worth it!!

6 Oct 2009 11:52am

@David Nos: Yes, it was a neat experience for me - the view and the sounds! Thanks so much!

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Very nice Barbara, like the water in fury !!

14 Oct 2009 1:18pm

@Eric Rousset: Thanks, Eric!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Determination and patience paid off...wonderful lighting and atmosphere...such a classy composition!

7 Nov 2009 5:33pm

@Ted: Appreciate the comment, Ted!

1/25 second
ISO 400
27 mm (35mm equiv.)