Good Morning Everyone,
This is a contre jour photograph of South Stack Lighthouse.
South Stack Rock is situated near the north west tip of Wales and is a tiny islet, separated from Holyhead Island by 30 metres of turbulent sea, surging to and fro in continuous motion. The coastline from the breakwater and around the south western shore is made of large granite cliffs rising sheer from the sea to 60 metres.
South Stack Lighthouse was first envisaged in 1665 when a petition for a patent to erect the lighthouse was presented to Charles II. The patent was not granted and it was not until 9th February 1809 that the first light appeared to mark the rock. The lighthouse, erected at a cost of £12,000, was designed by Daniel Alexander and originally fitted with Argand oil lamps and reflectors. Around 1840 a railway was installed by means of which a lantern with a subsidiary light could be lowered down the cliff to sea level, when fog obscured the main light.
In the mid 1870's the lantern and lighting apparatus were replaced by a new lantern. No records are available of the light source at this time but it was probably a pressurised multiwick oil lamp. In 1909 an early form of incandescent light was installed and in 1927 this was replaced by a more modern form of incandescent mantle burner. The station was electrified in 1938.
On 12th September, 1984, the lighthouse was automated and the keepers withdrawn. The light and fog signal are now remotely controlled and monitored from the Trinity House Operational Control Centre in Harwich, Essex.
The chasm between the mainland and the rock was at first traversed by a hempen cable 21 metres above sea level, along which a sliding basket was drawn carrying a passenger or stores. This system was replaced in 1828 by an iron suspension bridge 1.5 metres wide and again in 1964 by an aluminium bridge. The present footbridge was completed in mid-1997. Grants totalling £182,000 were received from the Welsh Development Agency to fund the structure which was designed and built by Laings/Mott Macdonald. The landward approach to the bridge is by descending 400 steps cut into the cliff face.
With the completion of the footbridge the island and the lighthouse were reopened to visitors.
Info c/o Corporation of Trinity House.
Thank you for your interest. Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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jemaflor (89971) 2014-08-16 23:48
Nice view with this lighthouse and this light difficult to take with strong contrast, good angle and original effect with all these little clouds in the sky.
emka (87416) 2014-08-16 23:57
Hell Bev, Very nice view of this light house. Excellent composition with very pleasant light and colours. The view from this lighthouse must be nice too.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Gerrit (51130) 2014-08-17 0:10
Good morning Beverly,
Good light management and wonderful soft light on the house. Great sky.
snunney (90638) 2014-08-17 3:12
The backlight creates a particular mood, which is ideally suited to the subject. As is the choice of the vertical frame. I like the subdued lighting and understated tones. The aircraft trail passing obliquely overhead is a plus.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-17 3:17
it is blooming cold here today, but this shot has brightened me up. Love your POV and use of the strong light and lines to emphasise the height of this grand old lighthouse. The sky is glorious too and adds that little extra touch of magic to this fine shot.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Nicou (131294) 2014-08-17 6:30
quelle vue avec cette trace dans le ciel superbe et ce phare quelle mise en valeur et image quel compo grandiose image.
Bravo et amitié
npecanhuk (70734) 2014-08-17 6:50
Wonderful sky above!
Very attractive and pleasant-looking picture!
Sharpness, management of light, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Sunday afternoon and the new approaching week,
Sergiom (68540) 2014-08-17 6:57
J'ai un faible pour les phares et celui-ci prend bien sa place dans l'image malgré le léger contre jour. Le ciel est très expressif et la lumière bien contrôlée.
Tue (29814) 2014-08-17 7:07
I love the sky and those lovely white clouds. You captured the lighthouse from a great POV and in a gorgeous sunlight. Thanks for sharing!
holmertz (45903) 2014-08-17 7:25
You saved the details of the lighthouse very well despite the difficult conditions. It's an interesting view of the tower, but most of all this is a graphically very attractive photo where the lighthouse is nicely placed inside the triangle created by the diagonals of the roof and the jet-stream. The nicely shaped thin clouds and the blue sky provide a beautiful backdrop to the view of the tower.
dta (72007) 2014-08-17 7:33
Hello Brverley ,
The back light creates here a very fine effect , combinated with the superb sky . Excellent framing , too , of this interesting light house .
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-17 10:22
The light is a fantastic key of your great capture! It gave a special look to the scene and made it so unique. Very well seen and composed view. Many thanks for sharing!
asajernigan (21427) 2014-08-17 10:58
Your light management is great dealing with less than perfect lighting. The angle of the shot was well chosen placing the tower against a great sky. The photo has fine sharpness and detail.
boa (6671) 2014-08-17 14:04
lighthouses and clock towers are one of my favourites. They both offers a magnificent view of the surrounding areas (IF you have the energy to walk the stairway;) )
Good shot, captured from a good angle with the blue attractive sky in the background. This could probably be an excellent "blue hour" shot also. Well done!
jcpix (13820) 2014-08-17 20:29
I see you must have taken some inspiration from many of Noels backlit photos, and yours has turned out just as impressive. Never an easy task, but this is a lovely result...your attempt has been rendered successful! :) I actually like the bit of lens flare extending into the clouds, looks and feels to give a sense of depth. The airplanes vapor trail also makes for a nice addition to the friendly skies.
What I like most however are the "counter shadows," a small detail, but one that accents the light itself. Glad this has been re-opened to the public, so that you could photograph and share it with the rest of us. :) Enjoy the new week. Take care.
ikeharel (63779) 2014-08-18 7:41
POV over the light-tower, show a beautiful round top, with the torch and glassed windows. A focal point well collected upon.
The view upwards gave a sense of height to appreciate. Beautiful sky aloft.
Graal (100482) 2014-08-18 8:57
interesting view and construction of lighthouse. Good shot and presentation here. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
cornejo (36297) 2014-08-18 9:22
Hi Bev, interesting photo of this lighthouse backlit, very well composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
chawax (19946) 2014-08-18 13:31
Very nice shot of this typical UK lighthouse (we have not lighthouses like this one in France). I love the beautiful sky and the contrejour adds a nice atmosphere.
Have a nice week,
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-08-19 2:03
This is a superb image with excellent framing. You put the difficult light to best use and the light house along with the row of windows look charming. The lovely background sky is another great bonus for the picture. Great visual appeal!
Your note is interesting to read and provides a nice history of the construction of the light house.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new day.
Angshu (56664) 2014-08-19 3:00
Nice composition of the lighthouse with not very favourable light, almost opposing your position. What I like a lot if the crossing diagonal of the jet trail which looks wonderful. The wispy clouds add to the picture as well!
nikkitta (17018) 2014-08-19 12:21
Lighthouse taken in a creative way from contrasting with the impressive sky and clouds, must be some effect produced by a plane?
Well done, regards
Have you read Virginia Woolf´s Lighthouse?
CLODO (32510) 2014-08-20 6:27
A place where I have been, a good contrejour with a superb triangle: the diagonal jet vapour, the lighthouse and the roof of the house.
My best regards
ourania (37252) 2014-08-21 9:42
the location, the lighthouse and its history are really fascinating, your presentation is bold and original and excites the viewer's interest. The perspectives of the buildings are strong and eye-catching, details and textures are superb, despite the backlight. I like very much the colours and the atmosphere, the patterns in the sky are amazing and convey movement in a playful way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-09-29 8:12
Very nicely shot and captured lovely back light, the background of the deep blue sky with white clouds made the light house so unique and charming, good composition and great sharpness, I liked its lovely light and good framing.
warm regards and have a nice week,
unclehotshot (3422) 2015-03-21 0:08
I love lighthouses, and I have been chasing them all around the coasts of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. This one is an absolute beauty. The POV is perfect, the composition, too.
The sky and the discreet backlight is fabulous. The way that the shaddows fall on the wall is really nice.
Cheers Bev and have a great weekend.
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (33783)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-22
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-16 23:39