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Souter Lighthouse from the fog horns.

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 5 June 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Souter Lighthouse at Marsden, South Shields was the very first to use electricity to light it's lamp. The 60 watt filament bulb is amplified by a huge array of glass magnifying lenses weighing over 30 tonnes and floating on a bed of mercury, the light could be seen from 26 miles away. The whole array can be pushed around by one finger!

This is the view from the fog horn field.

Converted to black and white and processed with Nik Silver Efex.

PENTAX K100D 1/750 second F/8.0 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like your processing work on this and the low perspective looking down the pathway!

5 Jun 2010 5:21am

@Scott F. Schilling: Funny, you say looking down, where actually we are looking up. Strange how perspectives change things, but I guess you meant looking along.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

excellent composition! great shot

5 Jun 2010 5:22am

Arash from Tehran, Iran

Creative & exciting ...

5 Jun 2010 6:20am

TERESA from Es Castell, Spain

I like too your processing work, Curly. This picture it's excellent. Salut!

5 Jun 2010 6:22am

@TERESA: I wanted to emphasis the grittiness of the gravel path.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Wow! Only 60 watt! Beautiful light house and I like the composition very much with the path leading the eye towards the lighthouse!

5 Jun 2010 6:33am

Krunal from Mumbai, India

what a wonderful lighthouse pic

5 Jun 2010 7:33am

@Krunal: It's a wonderful historic lighthouse, now like a museum inside, great machinery, and a super view from the top!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nicely processed as always

5 Jun 2010 7:45am

Inma from Seville, Spain

I like the sepia-chocolate tones and its processing like an old photgraph

5 Jun 2010 8:07am

@Inma: It's odd, I wanted it to look gritty and rugged, but not particularly aged.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

The historical architecture has good looking. You captured it nicely. I like the symmetrical presentation.

5 Jun 2010 8:33am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Surreal texture and mood!

5 Jun 2010 8:38am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Very nice B/W treatment, nice lighthouse and textures too, not so sure about the vignetting

5 Jun 2010 9:45am

@grouser: Come to think of it, it probably is superfluous.

dang from Atlanta, United States

I love lighthouses, and this is no exception. Good job in all ways.

5 Jun 2010 10:49am

@dang: We are blessed with some good ones along this stretch of coastline Tom.

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Un joli phare bien mis en valeur

Bonne journée

5 Jun 2010 12:34pm

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Le b/w est impeccable et la compo sympa, c'est une réussite !!Peace !

5 Jun 2010 12:37pm

Bonvilston from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nie use of the path to draw the eye to the main subject

5 Jun 2010 1:04pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Great angle on this shot Curly! ;-)

5 Jun 2010 1:39pm

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Very nice shot, excellent framed and very well processed!

5 Jun 2010 1:51pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent compo and traitment!!! ;-)

5 Jun 2010 2:06pm

Florence from Paris, France

A lovely sepia hint which fits so well the subject. Great rendering on textures, from concrete to herbs.

5 Jun 2010 3:02pm

Don from spokane, United States

I like the broad path leading to the lighthouse. That is impressive lack-of-friction to enable one finger movement! Very nice shot and processing.

5 Jun 2010 3:04pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Really nice composition and love the coloring!

5 Jun 2010 3:12pm

Mags from Paris, France

A great bright picture, well done!

5 Jun 2010 4:50pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent view of the lighthouse and a very good post-production Curly!

5 Jun 2010 4:51pm

DomLortha from Roanne, France

Great composition and good work with the perspective. The BW works very well.
Have a nice day.

5 Jun 2010 5:02pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautifully done Graham.....and especially like that sidewalk drawing one up to the lighthouse........perfect composition....nice work !

5 Jun 2010 5:25pm

@Susan: Back to the HDR thang again tomorrow Susan!

Daniel from Macau, Macao

Your picture give me inspiration

5 Jun 2010 5:36pm

Marianne from Toulouse, France

Très belle perspective, joli traitement trés doux !

5 Jun 2010 5:41pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A splendid presentation, Curly - and thanks for another interesting narrative. Much appreciated.

5 Jun 2010 6:04pm

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

very nice B&W

5 Jun 2010 8:01pm

Faëlle from Lyon, France

Très jolie perspective!

5 Jun 2010 10:34pm

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

nice pov! great compoisition!

6 Jun 2010 12:07am

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great b/w Curly

6 Jun 2010 12:27am

Steve from Atlanta, United States


6 Jun 2010 4:09am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

Nicely composed, love the POV and the perspective effects ! Well done !

6 Jun 2010 9:52am

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

nice point of vieuw in B&W.

6 Jun 2010 3:41pm

pixator from Kerman, Iran

Very good!!!

6 Jun 2010 7:42pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

So effective in black and white...it takes on such a different quality...and the long austere path.

7 Jun 2010 3:01am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Cracking leading lines and lovely b+w treatment. Background info is interesting too!

7 Jun 2010 6:14am

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I absolutely love lighthouses--inside and out. Such an eerie scene with a completely empty area.

7 Jun 2010 12:53pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Great b&w...its atmospheric too

7 Jun 2010 4:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image of this lovely lighthouse.

7 Jun 2010 4:41pm

Chris Ward from Manchester, United Kingdom

You say you used Nik Silver Efex - can this software be used by itself or do you recommend it as an addition to something like Photoshop?

17 Jun 2010 6:36pm

@Chris Ward: Oh sorry Chris, it is a plug in for Photoshop.

1/750 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)