Earlier this week, I took a short trip to Holland, Michigan. I timed my visit to coincide with the prime season for the tulips. In addition to the tulips, I discovered some other interesting photography subjects--including three churches and two lighthouses.
During the evening, I took a drive north to visit the Grand Haven Lighthouse. I wasn't optimistic about my chances to get good photographs of the lighthouse as the sky was overcast and dull. But, as I was driving to Grand Haven the sky began to clear at the horizon.
Once I arrived, I immediately started shooting. I was happy with some of the images, but as time passed the conditions kept improving. So, I kept shooting. Thankfully, we live in the digital age. If I had been shooting film, this would have been a very expensive night.
Once the sun started to set, the light became far more interesting. I always enjoy including multiple sources of light within a frame. In this image, my first thought was to include the warm light of the setting sun. A little later, the white lights along the pier illuminated. Then, the red lights in the lighthouses activated.
It took many tries to get everything to come together. Finally, I captured the following elements within a single frame:
After more than 100 attempts, I finally nailed it! Here's the final image:
After capturing this image, I went on to create several other photographs of the Grand Haven Pier and lighthouses. I'll share some of those in a future blog entry.