Good Morning Everyone,
This photograph shows St Mary's Lighthouse near Whitley Bay.
It is on the tiny island called Bait Island, just north of Whitley Bay on the coast of North East England. The small rocky tidal island is linked to the mainland by a short concrete causeway which is submerged at high tide.
While it no longer functions as a working lighthouse, it is easily accessible (when the tide is out) and is open to visitors and has a small museum, a visitor's centre, and a cafe.
The lighthouse and adjacent keepers' cottages were built in 1898 by the John Miller company of Tynemouth, using 645 blocks of stone and 750,000 bricks. It was built on the site of a monastery where a small sanctuary light would have acted as a guide to passing ships. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1984.
Information via Wikipedia.
It was quite an overcast day when we were there, which created a mood quite in keeping with the function of a lighthouse!
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
If I am a little less active on TE, forgive me for, it is probably due to recent problems with my hand, rather than a lack of interest or desire.
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lousat (96787) 2014-07-13 2:02
Hi Bev,beautiful capture of this piece of history transformed in museum and restaurant,a very very good idea! Excellent choice of the moment for the pic,i like the low tide and the typical cloudy sky in background,great exposure and the usual perfect quality! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
papagolf21 (108117) 2014-07-13 2:02
Bonjour, chère Beverley,
Un phare pour les marins c'est l'étoile du Nord !!!
Jolie présentation de cet îlot entouré d'eau.
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance générale.
ikeharel (77301) 2014-07-13 2:32
Hope you well Beverly,
A beautiful landscape scenery with the mighty lighttower prominently high to give warning out to sea.
From the black rocks in FG, the view in length to the keeper's house and tower - fine DOF and clarity collected inspite the grey sky.
PaulVDV (31949) 2014-07-13 2:34
Visitors must be careful that they go back to the mainland before high tide or they can spend a lot of time in that one cafe :)
Very beautiful presentation of the lighthouse and a part of the tiny island with a foreground well filled with rocks and beautiful clouds of the overcast sky as a great background.
I guess that at left and right of that concrete causeway many crabs and shellfish can be found.
Best regards, Paul
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-07-13 3:18
that picture could easily be very nice postcard. I like the vertical format you decided for this scene as well as the proportions given to the whole composition. The moody colors make the whole place look more serious and lonely and the rocks create good point of interest in the foreground.
Well done! TFS
snunney (105581) 2014-07-13 3:19
The stormy grey sky is indeed the perfect backdrop here and you have brought out the detail in it beautifully, not an easy task. An excellent composition ideally suited to the vertical format allowing the eyes to move naturally through the scene. Top class technical presentation. I like it very much.
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-13 3:50
The stormy sky provides a perfect backdrop for this fine lighthouse. The inclusion of the rocks in the foreground add depth to the scene. Your light management is great as is the photo's sharpness and detail.
holmertz (58322) 2014-07-13 3:59
The weather may not have been so good that day, but the dark clouds suit the dark, rocky ground very well and underscore the feeling of loneliness and isolation of most llighthouses. It's a magnificent and fascinating view with the tower as the undisputed focal point.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-13 4:06
Hello Bev - We've been missing you here and I hope that your hand recovers very soon and you feel up to spending some time with us.
This is a wonderful shot, I love the softness of the colours here and the beautiful details you have captured in the sky. Strange that despite the overcast weather there is a subtle brightness which I like very much.
I know little of the east coast of England my knowledge is limited to Grimsby and environs and then Scarborough, Whitby etc. I hope that I get a chance to venture further afield when I am in York with my son in September. Any recommendations?
Warm regards and take care
macjake (71739) 2014-07-13 4:26
sorry to hear your hand is still giving you troubles, lets hope its not long lasting.
as for this photo, lighthouse shots are often best with such strong atmosphere. In bright light and perfect weather - there's just something missing.
I prefer this grey overtone, makes it seem as if a storm is brewing. the rustic fg landscape helps with that too.
A movie could be filmed here.
a really sweet shot
Sergiom (87247) 2014-07-13 5:42
J'ai vraiment un faible pour les phares. Ils sont généralement beaux et élancés et presque toujours sur une côte accidentée. Ici, le ciel gris ajoute une touche de dramatique à l'ensemble.
Nicou (149860) 2014-07-13 6:36
quelle vue de ce phare superbe tout en blanc avec la roche en premier plan et ces ciel gris et lourd c'est superbe merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (33426) 2014-07-13 6:43
This cloudy backdrop is a brilliant way to portray this lighthouse. There is something so appealing about the structures, I think because they remind us of a time long passed, but also of course for their unique designs. Having seen a number of them here on TE the variations in style is quite marked. Your compositor here is very nicely considered too, a beautiful result.
Thanks as always
jemaflor (102283) 2014-07-13 8:58
Well presented this lighthouse, interesting effect with this nice cloudy sky, interesting brightness and grey tone.
cornejo (46118) 2014-07-13 11:02
Hi Bev, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting lighthouse, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
saxo042 (37966) 2014-07-13 12:07
Dramatic clouds over this lighthouse. A well composed capture with soft and subdued colours. Seems like the tide is out (I compared with the Google street view!)
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-13 12:44
Truly special and moody capture taken with elegant and classy composition. I like such a grey tonality in the photography and you used this rainy moment perfectly to build extremely great presentation. Very well done! TFS.
tyro (26142) 2014-07-13 15:57
First of all, I hope that hand/wrist of yours gets better soon - perhaps the result of too much gardening and other physical work? I'm troubled with pain in the sole of a foot these days which is seriously reducing my days out walking. Oh, the trials and tribulations of ageing. Meantime, perhaps Len could be a suitable amanuensis for your TE work!
Sometimes the lighting which is apparent on overcast days is a lot more sympathetic to photography than the bright and very sunny days which we naturally crave: indeed, the soft light also appears to enhance colours and the general reduction of otherwise harsh contrasts is also welcome.
And so it is here. The light is beautifully soft and the colours wonderfully true and natural. Your composition is excellent and certainly obeys the revered "Rule of Thirds" perfectly. Spot-on exposure and excellent details and sharpness too.
carlo62 (54192) 2014-07-14 6:28
mi dispiace aver saltato questa foto, è molto bella.
Il faro si staglia imperioso tra il cielo nuvoloso e la parte grigia del terreno, ottimo il taglio verticale per sottolineare lo slancio della torre.
mesutilgim (97206) 2014-07-14 8:38
A good photographic lecture for the theme ; which format fits well to which scene !
Very well seen and captured. Dark cloudy sky creates a perfect background. Many interesting notes as well.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (13930) 2014-07-14 19:30
You're a trooper, despite the problems with your hand you still find time to spend here...either that, or you're on medication which doesn't have you thinking straight. :) Whatever the case, I'm glad you're hanging tough!
Thanks for the joke today, always a pleasure to receive more...I was secretly hoping it would spark a few additions. haha
As I look out my window right now I'm staring down a similar sky, so it was impossible to look past this picture in your gallery. I really like how much room you've allowed for the clouds to make their presence and atmosphere well understood in this setting. Moody and intriguing, this is a great result and solid composition once again...everything is where it should be...especially the tide. :) Now, go and get some rest on that wrist. Have a good one. Take care.
npecanhuk (77745) 2014-08-02 7:39
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
iainsp (3296) 2017-01-16 8:40
A grey sky indeed, but just enough detail to add interest to this shot - good PoV, nice composition and a very nice cluster of buildings around the lighthouse. Good work, Iain.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (42569)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): lighthouse [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-13 1:58