Ever since I started taking photographs at night with my camera on a tripod a couple of years ago, I have wanted to get a nice long exposure of the sea moving at night. Having studied other photographs with this blurred water effect, this was the first time I got to try this technique properly. The lighthouse is lovely and sharp, but the moving water is nice and soft. There was a lot of orange light pollution coming from Merseyside behind me, which caused the white lighthouse to appear to have a pink / orange colour. However I think this looks very effective.
After Sunday morning’s shoot photography and a lovely Sunday lunch at the Duke, I decided to go bowling with Mark and Rachel. Mark had told me about a lighthouse that would be worth photographing at New Brighton and as there is a bowling alley on the seafront, I thought it might be worth a picture. When we set off it was raining, even when I parked it was still very cloudy and wet. After waiting 20 minutes the sun came out for a few moments whilst we were walking down the beach. I love the really dark clouds behind what was originally known as Perch Rock Lighthouse.
This was my first time properly trying to photograph Anglesey, but I knew there were a few lighthouses that would be worth exploring. I have now realised it was South Stack that I wanted to find, but a quick search on Flickr led me to the very interesting Trwyn du Lighthouse. I felt that the sign worked well to lead the viewers (that’s you) eyes to the main subject (that would be the lighthouse).
When I first took the boat trip around the Farne Islands it was back in June 2007, when I was shooting with one camera and one lens. A zoom that only reaches to 135mm meant that as much as I captured an image of the Inner Farne Lighthouse, it was never good enough to share on here. However, this June I was better equipped with my 200mm VR lens and the boat came a lot closer to the rocks enabling me to get the above photograph.