"Reflecting at Day's End"

Bradley Shawn  Rabon

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom

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Those who know me also know that every year we visit the channel island of Jersey,(found between France and England), and that I always try to get at leat one different view of this iconic and beautiful lighthouse, La Corbière. This year I had another opportunity to take a rare tour of the lighthouse, and what an incredible experience it was.

Completed in 1874, Corbière Lighthouse was the first such structure in the British Isles to be built entirely from concrete, rather than traditional stone, block work. The many lighthouses which are built from stone require complex arrangements of interlocking blocks to prevent the sea from eroding and finally demolishing man’s handiwork. La Corbière, on the other hand, has no chinks and fissures for the sea to probe in search of weaknesses, so it has withstood the test of the past 130 years without apparent difficulty. The marine architect Sir John Coode, who designed the lighthouse, can take much of the credit for this, but he was assisted by an engineer, Imre Bell, who turned the plans and Sir John’s concept into the structure we know so well today. With a total elevation above the sea of 135 feet and a tower height of 62 feet, Corbière is not among the giants of the lighthouse world. Nevertheless, it is an imposing building by any standards, especially in its traditional livery of bright white paint. Originally, the lantern, which can be seen at a range of 18 miles in good conditions, was fired by paraffin and required the constant attention of keepers who lived in the tower. Now it is powered by electricity and, since the late 1970s, has required no permanent staff on site.

After the tour was over, I stayed on at the lighthouse, patiently waiting for sunset. Since the tide was out (which for me is a rare opportunity), I chose to stay close to the lighthouse and found a rock pool near the causeway path to capture the reflections of lovely sky. I took two different shots, and both have a character of their own. Here is the first of the two I will put up. This is a HDR image, made up of 4 photos and combined using Photomatix Pro 4 for Mac. I absolutely love this one. I hope you like it too.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300 EF IS zoom lens (@ 28mm)
f/22
1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125
ISO 400

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