When I wrote this post about Waterfalls in Florida, it was somewhat tongue in cheek – since we’re not really a waterfall kind of state. Lighthouses are a different story.
Florida has 1350 statute miles of shoreline (PDF) bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Currents and shoals make navigation difficult so we have many lighthouses. This Wikipedia page has 54 entries for Florida Lighthouses. Some are gone or in ruins, but 32 are still in operation.
There are many ways to photograph these interesting buildings. Straight exterior shots are one way. Look for good light or cloud formations to add interest to your photos.
The interiors and especially the stairs can be good photos too. You may want to have a fish eye lens handy, since it’s usually very cramped inside. You’ll most likely have to use a high ISO, wide aperture, and some form of built-in image stabilization, since tripods may not be allowed.
Night photos can also be very nice. In this August 2013 post I have some details on how I made a different lighthouse night photo in St. Augustine.
Many of these are open to the public and you can take a tour and climb to the top. If you have the energy, they’re a wonderful vantage point.
If you like to photograph lighthouses or historic buildings, our state is a great hunting ground. This map can help you find them. Try your favorite techniques with these photogenic structures as the subject. I like to look for appealing details, interesting viewpoints / geometry, and scenes and background that look good with my Infrared camera.
I’ve posted more Florida Lighthouse photos in this album on Flickr and a few more lighthouse photos from other places in this album. I’m nowhere near photographing all the lighthouses in Florida, but I’m going to keep working on it and I’ll add to those albums as I go.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some lighthouse photos!
©2015, Ed Rosack. All rights reserved.