South Stack Lighthouse

South Stack Lighthouse

Off the north west coast of Wales is the island of Anglesey. Off the coast of Anglesey is the much smaller Holy Island. At the far north western point you’ll see this landscape. The South Stack Lighthouse is one of my favourite in Wales, if not the whole of the UK. Built in 1809 you can see why ships needed warning of the dangerous rocks below. This was the second or third time visiting south stack. You can walk right down to the lighthouse but I haven’t done this yet. I’d be good to know if the inside is open and if they let people go to the top of the light.

Castlepoint lighthouse at night

Castlepoint light house at night

One of the main things about photographing lighthouses is to think about the subject. Photographs taken in the day can be great but lighthouses purpose is to be seen at night. I was trying to capture the light streaming out to the south pacific ocean. It was the first test of my new compact Sony camera which I recently purchased for an up coming trip. Due to the poor weather forecast I didn’t bring my DSLR or big tripod which I regretted as the compact didn’t far so well for star photography. Castlepoint is a great location for star photography on a clear night.

Sunrise behind Castlepoint light house

Sunrise behind Castlepoint light house

Castlepoint Light House is one of my favourite lighthouses in New Zealand. I was very lucky with this sunrise. It made getting up early well worth it. Sunrises are much more of a gamble to photograph than sunset but I often find they are more visually exciting. The night before there was no clouds so the sky wasn’t nearly as beautiful as you can see here. We were staying in a holiday home right on the beachfront so it was only a five minute walk to this location which was even better.

Castle point beach

Castle point beach

Lighthouses are one of my favourite subjects for landscape photography. An iconic shape in rocky, coastal locations. I’d heard great things about Castle point from people at work. It sounded like the perfect place for a relaxed weekend away. It really surpassed by expectations. Castle point is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast, about two and half hours drive east of central Wellington. A long drive to go there for the day but perfect for a weekend at the beach. The above photograph was taken early evening. Getting the camera low down helped get the reflection of the lighthouse and moon.