Flamborough head Lighthouse

Shaun Whiteman

Preston, United Kingdom

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Taken with a Canon 50D, Sigma 10-20 lens at 20mm, F11, shutter speed 1/400 second ISO100, tweaked in Photoshop

This shot was taken on my recent trip to the East coast, this is more or less straight out the camera, I did not use a cp filter or photoshop to saturate the colours, I think my camera white balance went a bit mad but I kind of like it!!

The "new" Flamborough lighthouse (actually built in 1806) stands guard as a silent sentinel, protecting shipping off Flamborough Head. Less silently, the fog horn station, perched on the very cliff, sounds the arrival of fog and frets.

The lighthouse was built by John Matson of Bridlington without the use of scaffolding, is 85 feet tall and stands atop a chalk cliff 170 feet high. The lamp mechanism rotates constantly on a bed of mercury. Further back from the coast is the old Beacon light tower, dating from circa 1674, and the only known example in England. Recent restoration work has cast doubt on whether a fire was ever actually lighted atop the structure. It now stands, a gleaming monument to the rightful awe in which mariners beheld the jagged, dangerous coast.

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