|"Portrait of a Lighthouse"|
I climbed to the top of Fire Island Lighthouse in New York on a recent hike out there. Taking a 360 degree look around from the top for possible photo opportunities, I was struck when I turned around and saw this shadow portrait of the lighthouse. Serendipity strikes! A unique photo of a lighthouse without even having the lighthouse in the frame! In addition to the shadow, I was also struck by the myriad of different green trees below with a touch of blue pine in there as well.
From a learning perspective, I composed the shot to have the wooden walkway cutting through the picture in an interesting way and exposed the picture carefully so as to not blow out the detail of the whiter boards on the path. I knew the darker foliage and lighthouse shadow would cause a straight forward meter reading to overexpose, so I dialed the meter reading back by 2/3 stop.
Even though not many people like this photo, I stick by it because it has an interesting element to me. The feedback I've already received was interesting and will make me think about some other possible options the next time I try this type of shot.
Any feedback that anyone has is welcome....Thanks!