Rainbow Harbor Lighthouse in Long Beach, CA

Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach is part of the downtown development in the area of the former Pike Amusement Park. This lighthouse is decorative and during dark hours has various colors of lights that revolve around it. I caught this photo after the sprinklers had watered the walk at 5:03 AM. I brought up the colors by lowering the exposure, blacks, highlights and shadows in Lightroom. At normal exposure the color hardly showed.

Here in LA and Orange Counties there is a small group of photographers called Donut Street Meet". A location is announced and various photographers descend on the location and take every conceivable angle, location, treatment you can imagine. Seeing other’s images after wards has been very educational for me. This lighthouse was the primary element from which we scattered photographing everything that moved or did not.

Nikon D850 Nikon 14-24mm lens 24mm

2.5 at f/14 ISO1000 -2EV Aperture priority. White Balance Auto. I took a variety of photos from this angle and gradually reduced the EV to bring up the object color.

What specific feedback would you like? There are times when I struggle with an image and know I need specific feedback. In most instances, I don’t see the nits myself. My goal posting this is for a “nit” check, or suggestion about an approach I did not consider. One element of our photos yesterday morning at this location is that the sky read brown. The simple fix eludes me.

Many thanks for the time it takes to thoughtfully evaluate and make observations and suggestions, I appreciate your feedback greatly.

The color of the sky is an artifact of light pollution and the color of the city lights interacting with it. Relatively easy solution would be to make a color range selection of the sky. Use that selection as a mask on a Hue/Sat Adjustment layer. Probably have to paint areas of the mask that make have been picked up in the selection. Change the hue which will adjust the sky color. There is significant darkening in the upper left corner and some in the upper right corner which will make this process a bit more challenging. Also pretty noisy. Shouldn’t be at ISO 1000 unless this image was underexposed out of the camera and brought up in post.

Thank you Keith. Perhaps we can reprocess this in our next lesson.