Nobska Point Light

Posted by
Harry (Apex, NC, United States) on 1 December 2019 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Not my best lighthouse photo, but we were out in the cold, pitch black night trying to get stars and other interesting elements. The high ISO I had to use created too much noise, and taking it out softened the picture a bit. (the only reason I even consider upgrading my camera is the so much better at high ISO many of the new cameras are). Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photo and forgive its flaws.

SONY SLT-A77V 8 seconds F/5.0 ISO 6400 19 mm (35mm equiv.)

Welcome to all. I began blogging Retained-Images in 2004 at It is gone now.

By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

Beautiful sky. I like lighthouses, I have a great collection on my stock

1 Dec 2019 6:06am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

At 8 seconds, you must have had a tripod. So why raise the ISO rather than lower them and extend the exposure time?

1 Dec 2019 6:34am

@Gérard Flayol: The problem was the light from the lighthouse. We actually used a cap to cover the lens each time the light was directly pointed at the camera, and still the top of the lighthouse is blown out, and the light spill on the lighthouse keeper's home (right of the tower) was on the edge of overexposure. I think this is two revolutions of the beacon, though it might be just one. With a longer exposure, there were more revolutions, thus more light spill over the center. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful image of the lighthouse and the stars .

1 Dec 2019 8:06am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

The high ISO noise adds something interesting.

1 Dec 2019 9:50am

Devi from Chennai, India

It is just so beautiful...No flaws as far as I can see! Love this image :))

1 Dec 2019 10:20am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I think the explosion of light works rather well

1 Dec 2019 10:34am

ryse from bordeaux, France

Beaucoup d'imperfections dans celle-là mais elle a le mérite de nous faire découvrir ce petit phare !
Bon dimanche Harry

1 Dec 2019 10:39am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Good shot! Beautiful!

1 Dec 2019 11:46am

JPA from Paris, France

joli petit phare!! amts

1 Dec 2019 12:31pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I enjoyed the picture very much. You handled the high contrast very well. A new camera is always an appealing item! :)

1 Dec 2019 2:30pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandiose lumière de phare et iamge quelle vue et compo fantastique avec le belle étoile
Belle soirée

1 Dec 2019 5:39pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice night shot!
A M A Z I N G !

1 Dec 2019 8:57pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

All is forgiven - we do our best... and aim to improve - still, it's a great shot - I love how you captured the little house lit up!

2 Dec 2019 1:15am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful shot.

2 Dec 2019 3:28am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Oh yes, indeed, I hadn't thought of that!
For next time, a little trick when I was printing my silver photos with the enlarger, lower a cardboard shape with each lighting (moving it so as not to have sharp contours) and remove it at the intinction.
If the intervals are not too fast........

2 Dec 2019 3:32am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland


2 Dec 2019 4:43am

yoshimiparis from France

Absolutely wonderful; we are waiting for the UFOs

2 Dec 2019 12:24pm

Jean-Luc.M from Nancy et ailleurs, France

Beautiful night capture !

2 Dec 2019 10:10pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Ooo, i love this

3 Dec 2019 1:15am

Mickaël D from CHERBOURG, France

Très sympa cette sentinelle lumineuse ;)

5 Dec 2019 11:10am