Gallery: 35 of the most enlightening lighthouse photographs

    | Inspire | 31/05/2012 07:00am
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    In calm seas or stormy seas, at dusk or dawn, in bright sunshine or by starlight, lighthouses provide a spectacular element to landscape photography. As a rule, many photographers position their lighthouse off-centre for the best results. However, we always recommend experimenting with your photography – there are several photographs in this gallery that position the lighthouse in the centre of the image, with striking results.

    It is also good to experiment with the weather and different times of day. Severe weather shots with high crashing waves can yield some of the most dramatic results, whereas long-exposure shots of the sea at sunrise or sunset project a calming atmosphere. There are few other subject matters to photograph that offer such a variety of styles and contrast as lighthouses.

    Here are some of our favourite photographs of lighthouses.

    My Lighthouse, Marina Cano

    My Lighthouse © Marina Cano

    Attack of the Clone Stamp Tool, Miles Morgan

    Attack of the Clone Stamp Tool © Miles Morgan

    The Solar Storm Tonight, Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

    The Solar Storm Tonight © Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

    Guiding the Way, Dmitri Fomin

    Guiding the Way © Dmitri Fomin

    Frozen Light, John McCormick

    Frozen Light © John McCormick

    Faro de Viavelez, Ben Kensington

    Faro de Viavelez © Ben Kensington

    Perch Rock Lighthouse III, Steve Ashton

    Perch Rock Lighthouse III © Steve Ashton

    Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Everaldo Coelho

    Pigeon Point Lighthouse © Everaldo Coelho

    Eeri Erie, Andrzej Pradzynski

    Eeri Erie © Andrzej Pradzynski

    The Magic Lighthouse, Caras Ionut

    The Magic Lighthouse © Caras Ionut

    The Lighthouse, Piet Flour

    The Lighthouse © Piet Flour

    Beacon Cove Lighthouse, Noval Nugraha

    Beacon Cove Lighthouse © Noval Nugraha

    The Lighthouse, Deborah Richardson

    The Lighthouse © Deborah Richardson

    Penmon Lighthouse, David Baker

    Penmon Lighthouse © David Baker

    October Gale, John McCormick

    October Gale © John McCormick

    A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers, Andy Freer

    A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers © Andy Freer

    The Retired Lighthouse, Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

    The Retired Lighthouse © Gunnar Gestur Geirmundsson

    Fanad Lighthouse, Stephen Emerson

    Fanad Lighthouse © Stephen Emerson

    Expanding Light, Marina Cano

    Expanding Light © Marina Cano

    Where Green Means Danger, George Bayode

    Where Green Means Danger © George Bayode

    Enlighten, Michael James Combe

    Enlighten © Michael James Combe

    Llanddwyn Island, Jon Swainson

    Llanddwyn Island © Jon Swainson

    The Lighthouse…, Joao Almeida

    The Lighthouse… © Joao Almeida

    Light My Way VI, Richard Franco

    Light My Way VI © Richard Franco

    Beacons of the Night, Stephen Emerson

    Beacons of the Night © Stephen Emerson

    Lighthouse, We Sch

    Lighthouse © We Sch

    Goodnight Irene, G Mosher

    Goodnight Irene © G Mosher

    Griffiths Island Lighthouse, Yury Prokopenko

    Griffiths Island Lighthouse © Yury Prokopenko

    La Fuerza, Ben Kensington

    La Fuerza © Ben Kensington

    Longstone Lighthouse, Andy Gray

    Longstone Lighthouse © Andy Gray

    Lyngvig Fyr, Dirk Wiemer

    Lyngvig Fyr © Dirk Wiemer

    Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Chris Wilkinson

    Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse © Chris Wilkinson

    The Lighthouse, Kani Polat

    The Lighthouse © Kani Polat

    Perch Rock, Andrew Howe

    Perch Rock © Andrew Howe

    Seagulls, Marina Cano

    Seagulls © Marina Cano

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