Revisiting an Old Friend

December 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This light house in Northern Holland was built in 1876 and is located Near the Sea Port of Den Helder.

I last visited this location 3 years ago, and captured images of this gargantuan lighthouse during daylight hours.
I have had an itch to return and capture this 65m high lighthouse at night and in action.

The return visit I knew would be more of a challenge, I had my mind set on capturing some nightshots, and in the dead of winter with the temperature hovering around around the brrrrrrr can’t feel my toes temperature, I set off for a night trek.

The beams this lighthouse throw out are truly magnificent, multiple beams that when you are standing underneath the lighthouse looking out, feel like a massive umbrella with spokes of light  being spun at a leisurely pace.

To capture the beams in their full glory a bit of a compromise had to be made.
Needing a fast shutter speed to freeze the beams, this technique required required the ISO’s (Sensor sensitivity) to be ramped up. I used a tripod and shutter release with an exposure time of 1/3 of a second.Den Helder2012_057



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