I love lighthouses. For me, they symbolize fusion of pure landscapes, architecture and history which are also the essential elements of travel photography. At the same time, lighthouses indicate the proximity of the shore. As you may notice the seascapes are my favorite types of landscapes and there is nothing better to improve your seascape composition then lighthouse.
Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in Canada but it probably has highest concentration of the lighthouses in the whole world. The island is only 200km long and 50 km wide but it has 63 lighthouses shuttered along its shore.
The featured lighthouse is Covehead Harbour Lighthouse which located in Prince Edward Island National Park. In my top image, I wanted to convey the feeling of simplicity and elegance at the same time, the same way I see at PEI. I used classical composition with predominant primary colors (red, blue, green).
This photo is the view of Covehead Harbour Lighthouse from the sea.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Processing: HDR Processed in HRD Expose 3
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to HDR Expose 3
HDR Expose 3: I used 3 photos to tone map image ( -1; 0, +1). 32-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my review HDR Expose 3 – King of Natural Looking HDR)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (grass, lighthouse)