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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-07-16
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 5DII, 24-70 / 2.8 L, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lighthouses of the World, Baisers volés [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-16 6:36
Viewed: 1344
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There is something romantic about Lighthouses. Maybe the shape, maybe the fact that they sit out on points of land by themselves.

I passed this on on the way beck up the California coast yesterday. I am processing most of my shots quite a bit lately. My aim is to create a painting like effect but to keep the realism. I use some effects from CS5 and some from Nik's Viveza for color or Silver Efex Pro for black and white.

The full frame 5DII with a 24mm lens gives a nice wide shot. The Hoya HD polarizer is subtle but very nice as well.

Dai, gaillarde, brech, tnahari, mesquens1, werdir, jimmyjimmy, joopschotsman, mvdisco, Doudou, Teresat, dareco, loribird, jean11-3 has marked this note useful
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  • Dai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 56 N: 247] (1214)
  • [2011-07-16 6:45]

Hi Roger
Great shot. The graining effect mixed with B&W conversion works well. Although the original would look great with the white brick against the blue sky, the B&W adds so much more character, and with the graining effect you get the gritty feel that adds further strength to the image.
Nice one Roger

I love the atmoshere..

Hi Roger
splendid capture of a lighthouse. good POV and well composed. originally presented in B&W version which emphasizes the old photo effect. good PP work.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-07-16 7:11]

Hi Roger,
the beacon of hope for a safe passage through dangerous waters & coastlines.I like how your rendition stands out so strongly, against the stormy sky.You've certainly achieved your goal,I like the result of your PP work,a great mood,it seems to say,nothing can harm me,I'll always be standing here to guide.

Bom dia Roger,
It goes without critical comment. Only pleasure and excitement of seeing.

Love the old fashioned B&W grainy effect - creates a gloomy but dramatic feel.

Nice pic Roger - the perspective, even with very wide lens, is good! Nice B&W subject, simple and the PP suits it well.


Hello Roger,

Wonderful composition, perfect setting image, beautiful grain presentation.
Pleasant outlook and color N&B befitting wishes this.
Well done & TFS. Regards.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-07-16 10:58]


Merveilleuse iamge et compo superbe captage quel rendu quel phare et cadrage, superbe compo.

Bravo et amitié


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-07-16 11:31]

Hi Roger,

Very nice pp work, I especially like the vignetting. There is something romantic about lighthouses, but for me it has to do with the rugged individuals who lived and worked in them. Nice, effect use of negative space.


Hello Roger

You seem to excel in this art no matter the subject. This is what is is all about. Awesome work Dude.........I am always looking for the artistic vision that alot of Photographers on TL have. To be a great Photographer, I think you need have some kind of artistic talent...............You have it. I enjoy your work. TFS


What an amazing shot with perfect view and depth, Roger!

I like the painting like effect to this work. It gives the picture a retro-look too.
The B/W treatment to the site also worked well here.
Well caught.

Have a nice weekend.

Best regards,

Hoi Roger,
Nice and moody capture of that lighthouse !
I don't think it is like a painting, because there are too many details. Painting are not so sharp and detailed normally.
Good PP work done.

Hi Roger, the work you did on this makes it feel like a shot from years ago, makes it really feel like an old lighthouse. Fiona

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-07-16 20:37]

Lighthouses are a personal favorite of mine. A excellent image to begin with here and the PP wotk achieves that old photo look with film grain, vignette, and sepia tone.
Excellent Result

Hi Roger,
Beautiful composition and presentation of this lovely lighthouses,
good contrast and light in this beautiful Black & White composition,
Very well taken and done.

Hi Roger
yes i to like what you have done here great detail in the white concrete and with the light houses shadows .
great use of light and dark.


Bonjour Roger,
Un cliché très sobre puisque en noir et blanc, le choix est très judicieux et joliment calculé!!!
Les détails n'en ressortent que mieux et le halo de lumière entourant le phare lui donne un côté très dramatique!!!
Bon choix pour un joli rendu!!!

Bom dia Roger
Love the way you have worked...the intensity and balance of black and white, and yes the feeling is that you painted a atmosphere.
Um abraço

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2011-07-20 21:20]

I love the PP work you have done on this. A BEAUTIFUL IMAGE!!! Adding to my favorites! TFS

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-07-31 14:58]

Another fantastic shot Roger. Great lighting and PS work to make this into a beautiful print in b&w. Incredible mood and great composition. Well done! TFS, Lori

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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2011-08-18 14:11]

Hi Roger! Beautiful composition, great work. Splendid. Best regards Csabi.

Hello Roger, you have created a feeling of isolation with your PoV and the PP work.
The buildings are still clear even in b/w and the graining effect, and yet their surroundings are hidden, leaving us to wonder just where the lighthouse stands.The dark clouds gathering around the top of the shot add an interesting mood.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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