With an entire day off, I found myself itching to get out and practice manual skills. After a quick text message to a friend and a run through the house to gather up all my camera equipment, off we went.
We briefly debated several sites and decided on a beach area which either of us frequent. On this site, stands the USA’s oldest working lighthouse. Built in 1764, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse is still in use. Due to it’s vantage view point of New York City, the Army took control of the area, and since 1899, Fort Hancock has called it home. In 1974, it was decommissioned and now only the Coast Guard remains active there. Many of the structures have fallen into disrepair.
Today, I vowed not to fall back to auto mode. I forgot to compensate for the remaining bright white snow and many of my photos were over exposed, giving them a ghostly and interesting look. Perhaps having a better "feel" than had I used the technically correct settings. Hey, it works for me and it was great fun to be out.