Located on the South shore of Lake Erie in Ohio, Marblehead Lighthouse turned 200 years old last year. As a teenager and young adult, my Father and I fished Lake Erie a fair amount. Our launch site is only a half mile from here, so I’ve seen Marblehead countless times from the water. The lighthouse hold a special place in my memory. This trip is the first time I’ve attempted to take a serious photo of this historic landmark.
This is a sunrise photo. I do have an evening photo that has a touch of alpenglow in the clouds as the sun set. I plan to process it over the holidays.
This is very much a work in progress. I have had challenges in post that I have never faced before and I’m reaching out for your input before continuing. All feedback is welcomed, but specifically:
I made sure that my camera was level in both axis and I applied lens correction in ACR. Despite this, I have warping at the top of the lighthouse. I believe this was caused by the wide angle of the lens. I corrected the warping using the “Perspective Warp” tool in PS. How does the top of the lighthouse look to you? Overall, how does the lighthouse look? Vertical? Leaning backwards? There are some artifacts left over from this process that still need to be cleaned up.
The surface of the lighthouse, for the lack of a better term, is splotchy. Meaning that it has varying shades of orange including a couple of round orange spots. It almost looks like the light was bouncing back, reflecting off of something. I masked the lighthouse and used the “Hue & Saturation” tool to remove the orange. Then I used the eyedropper to select a color in an unaffected part of the lighthouse and painted the lighthouse to even out the color. All of this gets tricky around the wrapping sun flare. To warm it up a bit, I added an overlay of orange and did a little dodging.
The light in the lighthouse flashes green and is not a rotating beam. I caught it “on” in this photo. I this distracting?
The ice puddles in the rocks. Would you keep these or clone them out?
I feel like the 2:3 ratio has too much sky and rock so I cropped to 4:5.
Thank you for your help!
Canon 5DSR | ef17-40 @17mm | f22 | 1/15s | ISO 100
Processed using ACR and Photoshop.
There has been a lot work on this photo in post. Really to numerous to mention. I’m happy to answer any questions.