St Anthony's Lighthouse
Canon 5DIII | ISO 12800 | f2.8 | 6 Sec | 16-35mm (16mm)|
Yesterday, I spent a few hours photographing St Anthony's Lighthouse.
This wasn't my initial destination. I had planned on a night dive to St Mawes with the idea of then travelling to the Lizard to make the most of the clear conditions. However, I was stunned that the sat nav indicated an hour and a half journey to reach Lizard Point from St Mawes!
My friend Matt suggested Anthony Lighthouse as a closer alternative, which was only 20 minutes away. I thought this was a good idea, but I have never been to the lighthouse before, and it was a scramble to find a composition. The only viewpoint I could see was too close to the Lighthouse for my 16mm lens.
I got around this by creating a collage by taking a number of pictures around the lighthouse, and later merging them, to create one wider angle image of the scene.
Another challenge was the lighthouse light overpowered the starry background. The light illuminated with 6-second intervals, so I used a 6-second exposure between the beams of light. Six seconds is considerably less than my regular exposure, so I had to push up the ISO, and this increased the noise levels. To battle the hight noise, I stacked the images and applied a noise reduction blending technique. A wonderful area for anyone looking for a good coastal route to explore. As always, comments and questions very welcome! #astrophotography