Lime Kiln Lighthouse in Green

Lighthouses are easy – super distinctive architecture makes the photo part obvious.

This is the Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west shore of San Juan Island.  I’m not sure I like the lines from this angle but I didn’t want to straighten the building or the horizon.  I really like what the sky does with the LomoChrome Purple film on a bright day.  This was taken with no filter, FWIW.  This film can be pushed from 100-400, which is what I shot this at, using my old Canon A1 and a 50mm lens.  I’m not sure if the grain pattern would be significantly different at 100, but it’s fun to see it this way.  I didn’t retouch this more or less at all.

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Focal length: 50mm

North Head Lighthouse – Cape Disappointment

The very south-west corner of Washington is Lewis and Clark country.  Other than oysters, it’s all “Dismal Nitch” and “Hungry Harbor“.  As a photographer however, I’m pulled to the lighthouses.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Credit: Ari Brown
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
  • Taken: 16 December, 2010
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s

Dating from 1896, this is one of two lighthouses that have steered ships into the Columbia river for over one hundred years.  On the wind-blasted cliffs, these sentinels shine the way.  I don’t know if it was visits to the Point Loma Lighthouse in my formative years, but I’m always drawn to these things.  I shot this in HDR to bring out a little texture in the shadows, but on an overcast day it was hardly necessary.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s