Thursday, December 7, 2017

Photographing Lighthouses on the Florida Panhandle

Cape San Blas Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto
Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Finding the Perfect Perspective

    As I reviewed some of my lighthouse photography tips, I found that finding the right place to take the photo is a very important part of my tips.  On a recent trip to the Florida panhandle I found some good examples of using this tip.

  Our first stop was in Port St. Joe where I photographed the Cape San Blas lighthouse.  The first photo I took was the view as I left our car.  It is a straight on look at the lighthouse with the keepers house to the side.  You can see that photo at the top of this article.  I think it is a good photo and many people would stop with that view.  I enjoy finding different perspectives so I took a walk around the lighthouse.  I found a small lake behind the lighthouse and walked around the lake looking for the best shot.  I took a new photo every few feet and got a lot of good views.  The one below is one I particularly like.  It shows the lighthouse reflected in the lake.
Cape San Blas Lighthouse photo by mbgphoto

Living in a Lighthouse

While we were in Port St. Joe I went to look for another lighthouse I had read about.  This lighthouse is on private property and not open to the public, but I found directions to an area where I could get a photo. This lighthouse is called St. Joseph Point lighthouse and is now a private residence off county road 30a.  Here is a photo I took from the street.  Wouldn't it be fun to live in a lighthouse?  I imagine you might get a better perspective of this lighthouse from the water but I was limited to taking it from my car.  This was taken from the street in front of the lighthouse.
St. Joseph Point lighthouse photo by mbgphoto
So remember next time you go to take a photograph of a lighthouse (or anything for that matter) don't stop at the first view you find.  Take the time to look for some different perspectives.

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  1. Really like the shot of that lighthouse reflected in the water. Excellent photography tips. Thanks!

  2. These lighthouse photos are really fabulous and I love that lighthouse that has been converted to a private home. It would be really cool to live there. You always find the best spots for taking photos Mary Beth! I truly appreciate the tip to seek out just the right place for the best photo instead of settling.

  3. I need to remember that photography tip about finding more than one perspective of something you wish to photograph. I always learn some good tips from you and, as always, love looking at your fabulous photos.

  4. Oh I really do need to get my good camera out more often. Today with the simplicity of having your cell phone as a camera, you don't really go out of your way to take "good" shots. I agree with you too, looking for that better perspective has made your picture that much nicer.

  5. Love your photos, you sure know how to capture the mood of a photo - I felt relaxed just looking at these photos


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