Thursday, December 7, 2017

Photographing Lighthouses on the Florida Panhandle

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.

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.
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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5 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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