Lighthouses are beautiful creations of man. They span the globe and have protected sailors for hundreds of years. While they are interesting to view, at times they are different subjects to photograph.
This lighthouse…or “light” as it is called, is located on Ponce de Leon inlet in central Florid south of Daytona. It is the second tallest in the country (175 feet) with the Cape Hatteras Light in North Carolina being taller at 207 feet. It was completed in 1887 replacing one that was constructed in 1835 in the same area.
Lighthouses present problems to photographers in several ways. Because of their height, it is difficult to get the full lighthouse without getting distortion. Usually there are trees blocking part of the view and there may be other buildings in the area.
Here are two view of the lighthouse-one in color and one in black and white. The low angle of the photograph and the subjects in the fore ground provide depth and a view of the lighthouse in the background. The clouds in the sky add interesting detail.
I have been known to travel 100’s of miles to photograph a light house but we have one here in Pensacola just 45 minutes from our house. and it took several years before I took some photographs of it. I have never made a print of it until recently. So here is is.
This Featured Photos displays the Pensacola Lighthouse at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. This tower was constructed in 1858 and was first lite on January 1, 1859. It stands 150 feet tall. The light house was damaged during the Civil War but was repaired. The fully restored Keepers’ Quarters has been full restored and is now a museum and a gift shop.
Before the Civil War the lighthouse was all white Later the upper two thirds was painted black. It was electrified in 1935 and the light was automated in 1965
This photograph was taken on a cloudy morning using trees as a frame. A wide angle lens helps makes iit a nice presentation.
The world’s largest Naval aviation museum is nearby.