This stunning lighthouse stands at the tip of the island of Key Biscayne’s Bill Baggs State Park just offshore from Miami, Florida, USA. I grew up playing in and around this lighthouse when it was unprotected and still had the unpainted brick exposed to the elements. Since that time, the structure was put back into operation as a navigation light, survived Hurricane Andrew (which directly hit the location of this lighthouse), was decommissioned, and relit. The lighthouse was built in 1825, and raised to 95 feet tall in 1855. This light has a long and sorted history, including being the location of a Seminole Indian battle in 1836 during which the tower’s internal wooden stairs were burned out, stranding the lightkeeper at the top to be later rescued by a passing ship. The stairs are iron today. The lighthouse has survived countless severe and direct hits by Hurricanes.

Taken on a clear August day using a Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 28-300 VC lens at 28mm, ISO1000, three exposure AEB, using a neutral density filter at 30%. Edited in Aperture and Photomatix.

On another day, I shot this same location using film in black and white. See here.


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I’m a Miami, Florida-based photographer. I and my camera try to get out as often as possible. These images are the result. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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  • James Brotherton
    James Brotherton11 months ago

    So wonderfully done my friend and it almost looks 3d!

  • Thanks!

    – njordphoto

  • Shulie1
    Shulie111 months ago

    How beautiful!

  • Thank you!

    – njordphoto

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB11 months ago

    September 2, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Teresa!!

    – njordphoto

  • John Velocci
    John Velocci11 months ago

  • njordphoto
    njordphoto11 months ago

    Thank you for featuring in Canon DSLR !!

  • photoclimber
    photoclimber11 months ago

    THE BEST HDR work I have ever seen (on this sight)… great job and terrific shot!

  • Wow… what a nice thing to say, photoclimber! So glad you like it.
    On such a calm weather day, I figured it was relatively safe to wade out for the shot… I went even further out with the old film camera (see here ). Thanks again!

    – njordphoto

  • Evita
    Evita10 months ago

    Beautiful work!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Tropical Zone ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ Sepember 18th, 2013

  • Thank you so much Evita!

    – njordphoto

  • Evita
    Evita10 months ago

    Wonderful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    All About Lighthouses ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ October 5th, 2013

  • Thank you Evita!

    – njordphoto

  • barnsis
    barnsis6 months ago

  • Thank you so much!!

    – njordphoto

  • Keala
    Keala6 months ago

    Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you Kaela!

    – njordphoto

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