Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

After an early morning shooting sunrise on the beach we retreated to the house for a few hours to grab lunch and maybe a nap. Later in the afternoon we drove across the sound to Roanoke Island to explore Manteo and Fort Raleigh. We had researched the island before leaving and already had a few photo spots picked out. One of the shots I really wanted to take away was a long exposure of Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. A 10-stop filter and a healthy does of clouds helped make this one of my favorite shots from the entire trip.

The lighthouse is a reconstruction that was dedicated in 2004. The original lighthouse was located at the southern entrance to Croatan Sound. It was decommissioned in 1955 and subsequently lost in the sound while moving it to private property.

In terms of processing, this was almost ready to go right out of camera. After cleaning up nearly a hundred dust spots in Lightroom, I used Perfect Photo Suite to boost saturation and contrast. I added a soft vignette to help drawn the viewer’s eye to the lighthouse.

Google Map Info: 35.908611, -75.668889

Gear: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm, B+W 77mm ND 10-stop

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6, OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 7

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  1. Rachel Cohen April 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM #

    Beautiful image Curt! The lighting is lovely too! :)
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  2. Mark Summerfield April 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

    Nice framing with the two support pillars as anchors in the foreground. I like the contrast between the silky smooth water and the roughness of the boards on the pier. Excellent job, Curt.
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  3. Chris Frailey April 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM #

    Classic leading lines. Nice viewpoint Curt.
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  4. Jim Denham April 9, 2013 at 7:16 AM #

    Really nice LE Curt – great cloud movement and the water is silky smooth! Nicely framed too! I like it!

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