Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse

Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse

Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse

Leaving Port Colborne you pass by this lighthouse on the outer breakwall. The following is from the web site Lighthouses of the Great Lakes. “Outer Light – The Port Colborne Outer Lighthouse was built in 1928 to replace some older light structures out on the breakwall. The continuous red light, with a focal plane of 36 feet, is shown from a square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a 1-story concrete fog signal building. The lighthouse, floodlit at night, is painted white, lantern red.”


4 responses

  1. Well composed elements, colors and exposure are exquisite. The only thing I miss is a clear sense of this being an ‘outer’ lighthouse. The light and small strip of water indicates so, but I think “more” ocean would have made it clearer to me.

    August 1, 2013 at 2:06 am

    • Thanks for the feedback! It is great to get a viewers perspective. As the one taking the shot I can fill in missing elements from memory and therefore it is easy to lose perspective of what may be missing to the viewer. Thanks again.

      August 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm

  2. Neil, I honestly think that you got the perspective right the first time.

    I’ve never been to Port Colborne but I know where it is on the north shore of Lake Erie (once considered an inland sea due to its immense size, it is not an ocean). This lighthouse is not an Out Banks North Carolina lighthouse which are actually on the Atlantic.

    I think the only way for you to include more water to capture more Great Lake (ocean), would be to pull back and diminish the size of the lighthouse in its environment. Despite your explanation of the lighthouse and its environment, your composition suggests to me that you were going for a more intimate, up close and personal look. A shot of a landmark as though it were a portrait. If I’m correct, I’d say you achieved it, the colour saturation is certainly apt and no changes are necessary.

    I like it.

    August 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

    • Thanks Allan. You are correct. I was going for a more close up view that also showed the texture of the pier. I also acknowledge that everyone comes to an image from their own perspective and it is interesting to hear what their take is on it.

      August 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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