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Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse
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Copyright: Laura Hammett (EMTME22) (30)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-27
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax 18-55mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-27 11:38
Viewed: 1632
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The current Bodie Island Lighthouse is the third that has stood in this vicinity of Bodie Island on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was built in 1872. It stands 156 feet (48 m) tall and is located on the Roanoke Sound side of the first island that is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The lighthouse is just south of Nags Head, a few miles before Oregon Inlet.

I took this picture right after a rain storm had passed and the skies cleared. The green of the grass and the blue of the sky looked like the perfect setting and I felt very lucky to get this picture.

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To dipsybee: lighthouseEMTME22 1 06-27 11:57
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Hi Laura,

Nice clear shot of this lighthouse with good colour and an interesting sky. Good use of the rule of thirds vertically in your composition but I think the lighthouse would be better placed to the right of the frame.


Hi Laura,

You are so right about the vibrant blues and greens. I'm so glad that you didn't crop any of the clouds out. They add so much to the picture.

Carol Lynn

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-07-20 10:03]

Hmmm, this is a difficult one to critique, Laura. (By the way, welcome to the site)

I agree, the green grass/blue sky contrast has been beautifully captured, and the light has been very well handled with a great tone throughout the shot.

The lighthouse itself is indeed too central, but it's catch 22.
If you did follow the rule of 1/3s, then you would've lost the cloud scape, which is all part of the shot, plus the fact you had people in the shot if it had been re-composed, blah blah blah....

There are ways and means to increase canvas size, and have the shot "made" to move the lighthouse either to the left or right, but it's all dependant on what software you have, how adept you are at using it etc etc.

In essence, a well focussed, well handled shot, and taken to the best of the surroundiong areas.

Well done,


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