Lighthouse Silhouette

Lighthouse Silhouette I had to work on this first shot for quite awhile the other night.  The subject is still the lighthouse in Margaretsville and I was again shooting on a tripod at ISO 50 in an effort to keep noise to an absolute minimum.  I had to wait until the sun was actually below the horizon in order to see the light in the tower of the lighthouse more vividly.  This is an unmanned lighthouse and it was almost impossible to even notice the light pulsing on and off until the after sunset.  The light stayed on for about three seconds so I had to time it just right before tripping the shutter if I wanted to get as much light in the tower as possible.  Yeah, I know I could have put a light in with Photoshop CS6, but I’ve been making a concerted effort to get the shot right in the camera as much as possible lately.

Margaretsville LighthouseChris’s sister and her husband came down to Greenwood from Halifax to spend yesterday afternoon and last night with us.  They headed off to Bridgetown to visit their mother while Chris made a wonderful roast ham and scalloped potatoes for supper.  We had a great visit last night catching up on all that is new in our lives.  The family really like this next shot of my now very familiar subject matter in the last few blog posts.  Chris’s father loves doing puzzles and we may try to use Smugmug printing to turn this one into a puzzle for him for Christmas.  The rocky shoreline in the foreground is usually underwater at high tide but as you can tell, the tide was way out when I took this shot.  Those rocks could be the most difficult part in a puzzle.

Our time in Nova Scotia is winding down.  We are both anxious to get back to Ontario and see how Teddy is doing.  He has been in the care of our great neighbours at Green Acre Park and is doing very well.  Our plan is to take the Digby to St John ferry on Tuesday morning and then drive perhaps as far as Quebec City before finding a hotel for the night.  Kingston area on Wednesday night and then back in Waterloo some time Thursday afternoon.  Friday will be a rest day before a busy weekend of photography as I plan to attend a two day Rick Sammon photography workshop in Kitchener on Sep 22nd and 23rd.  After that we’ll only have about 5 weeks left until we head south to Florida for the winter.