Wednesday, January 5, 2011

5/360

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.

5 comments:

Trisha said...

Wow, it looks kinda spooky!!

snapshots2011 said...

You did a much better job describing the place than I did...lol. I really love this picture, it does have a ghostly effect. (Hmmm---idea for our next outing---ghost towns of NJ? Haha)

sabriena said...

This is a really great shot! Love the icicles the most.

Melinda said...

I think it is a great shot! I am always trying to capture icicles- and they never look as good in the photo as in real life. I think you nailed it!

Marcie said...

This is gorgeous! Its so mysterious and almost haunted looking! I love the contrast of the deep shadows... You can feel how cold it is just by looking at the photo!