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St. Catherine's Lighthouse by moonlight

Image Location : St. Catherine's Lighthouse near Niton on the Isle of Wight.

St. Catherine's Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouse locations in Great Britain. The first lighthouse was established on St. Catherine's Down in 1323 on the orders of the Pope, after a ship ran aground nearby and its cargo was either lost or plundered. This new lighthouse, was built by Trinity House in 1838, has a stone tower 13 meters high and has a range of 25 nautical miles.

This image was captured at night, about 3:30am using a tripod-mounted Sony A7R2 camera and a Sigma Art (Canon fit) 20mm f/1.4 lens, which was manually focused on the lighthouse. The camera was set to Manual with a 0.3 second exposure at f/1.4, ISO 6400 and daylight white balance. Moonlight is reflected sunlight and its correct white balance is close to daylight. The short exposure time was to capture the lighthouse beam across the sea. The RAW processing and final adjustments were all done in Photoshop CC.

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