Before the Coffee

August 20, 2009

Cove Point Lighthouse

Filed under: HDR — beforethecoffee @ 11:55 am

Cove Point Lighthouse was built in 1828 to guide mariners up and down the Chesapeake Bay. The first lighthouse keeper was paid $350/yr and was kept busy cleaning the lenses, trimming the wicks, and hauling whale oil up the steps to fuel the lamps every few hours, 24 hours a day. The intense smokeless lights could be seen for up to 15 miles.

It’s a bit tricky getting to this location, “NO” signs everywhere, the neighbors are highly suspicious so it’s impossible to park anywhere. I did have a big lie ready, (sorry God) about meeting a Realtor there to look at a house, I parked in front of a house with a “For Sale” sign. When I got to the lighthouse there were signs posted “No walking on Seawall or Rocks” so to get to the other side I had to wade in the water and walk on a few rocks (sorry again).

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9 Comments »

  1. Lovely color.

    Comment by Andy — August 20, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  2. Great story Ferrell… its just to bad you did not have a good night for a sunset… I kid! I kid!!! Good grief. A lovely scene with amazing color. Great stuff again!

    Comment by John Barclay — August 20, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  3. “When I got to the lighthouse there were signs posted “No walking on Seawall or Rocks” so to get to the other side I had to wade in the water and walk on a few rocks (sorry again).”

    You are certainly determined to get the shot done! Absolutely beautiful colors in the sky and on the rocks!

    Comment by Dan Dorland — August 20, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  4. Very nice!

    Comment by Oddur Ólafsson — August 23, 2009 @ 3:48 am

  5. Wonderful image, fine sir. Not only the beautifully saturated colors, but you’ve managed to imbue an almost glowing softness that really adds to the mood. Amidst such beauty, the barbed wire chainlink fence is kind of a funny juxtaposition. Was this also an HDR or simply a heavily post-processed single image? It doesn’t seem like the kind of lighting situation that would require more than 1 or 2 exposures, but perhaps the HDR process helped produce the soft, dreamy colors?

    Comment by Tronam — September 15, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    • would like to see image rotated clockwise a few degrees, otherwise, wonderful image

      Comment by Gary — October 23, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

      • if the image was rotated clockwise they the horizontal water line in the distance would be askew. Excellent image.

        Comment by Grinder — December 16, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  6. The lighthouse is skewed. It takes 15 seconds in PS to fix this. This photo is no good.
    Doug, I apply lens correction and free transform alterations when the line in question is close to the edge of the frame and the primary intent of the image is “architecture.” Clearly, when these alterations are performed you give something else up in the way of distortions and pixel loss.

    You must be very exact in your image processing, I’d like to see some, why don’t you share your website?

    Comment by Doug — December 23, 2009 @ 3:17 am

    • Doug, I apply lens correction and free transform alterations when the line in question is close to the edge of the frame and the primary intent of the image is “architecture.” Clearly, when these alterations are performed you give something else up in the way of distortions and pixel loss.

      You must be very exact in your image processing, I’d like to see some, why don’t you share your website?

      Ferrell

      Comment by beforethecoffee — December 23, 2009 @ 8:42 pm


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