Dark Lighthouse

Another product of our recent honeymoon: a distance shot, taken with a Sigma 150-500mm zoom, of Ram Island Ledge Light. There is a certain mystique about the image of the lone lighthouse in the midst of the sea, its keeper isolated, the endlessly crashing waves an eternal music in the background.

To underscore this dream-like quality, I first used the “ghostly” filter in Topaz Adjust and then black & white effects to add a slightly sepia quality.

For some reason the word “filter” means something different than it used to. It used to exclusively mean the tinted attachments for slr lenses. But gradually it came to include digital effects added in post-production. And because most effects can be achieved without buying new hardware, just about the only screw-on filter I use these days is a polarizing filter. But that’s for another post.filterpolar3

Mostly the choice of a digital filter is left up to artistic license. But I can definitely recommend the Topaz Labs line, which is quite extensive. Imagenomic and Nill PhotoFX are also good choices. The main thing to remember is to try out a filter for yourself before you commit to buy. Most vendors offer trial versions and all photography shops I’ve interacted with will allow you to attach an accessory to your camera to give it a try in the store.

Exposure Data: ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/1000

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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