Photographer's Note

I saw this Lighthouse when I dropped in to Kiama to see the Blowhole. They are both found at Blowhole Point. It was becoming a “dark and stormy night”. There was a piece of a rainbow low in the sky and the lighthouse just seemed to make a great model for all of this.

The Kiama Lighthouse was first established in 1887, constructed of brick and rendered outside with concrete at a total cost at time of construction £1,350. Original apparatus contained an oil burner with a catadioptric fixed lens, visible for nine miles. This was converted in 1908 to coal gas fired light with a range of 15 miles. In 1920 it was converted to acetylene gas. At this point it became unmanned. In 1969 it was converted yet again to electricity with battery backup.

The height of the light above sea level is 121 feet. The height of the tower, from the first floor is 50 feet.

For this shot I had seen the rainbow, and had already done some shooting of this with waves bouncing against the rocky shore. To shoot a rainbow you basically want to find a storm, or waterfall or something that puts water mist into the air, and plant yourself between this and the sun. If the sun is just rising or setting, so much the better.

I don’t like to shoot something like a rainbow on it’s own so I tried a few with the lighthouse. By this time, the rainbow was getting pretty small, and you could only see basically what you see in this shot. The cropping on this is tight. I wanted to show the lighthouse with the dark sky and the rainbow, but there were cars parked behind it, and up front there was a curb, so I essentially cropped to leave just the elements I was looking for in the shot.

I was back to see this lighthouse on the weekend. It was under renovation, getting a new facelift. So if you go to see this now, you won’t see quite the same rustic beauty you see before you here.

Workflow was as follows:
Shot taken in Raw with JPG reference – (ISO 200 28mm @f4.0, 1/500)
NEF files adjusted for exposure, shadow, vignetting and brightness
Filtered for Lens Distortion – on the vertical aspect
Levels – white and black points
Curves – S-curve for contrast
Added saturation layer +20 to master
Saved as a tiff
Cropped to get rid of parked cars and accentuate height, resized, added a layer for sharpening with USM, modified sharpening with a layer mask (50% opacity black brush), framed and saved as a jpeg.

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Additional Photos by John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 158 N: 1008] (3159)
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