I’m always up for a physical challenge and the mile and a half walk would not have phased me a bit. What ended up making the walk a bit laborious was the soft condition of the sand. I tried walking by the water but the dunes would obscure my vision of the lighthouse so most of the trek was made up, down and along the dunes of Island Beach.
Every hundred yards or so would present a decent look at the Barnegat Lighthouse across the bay and this one really framed “Old Barney” quite well. And since the sky was not very cooperative I though I might use the dunes as an interesting foreground element to help frame the shot. I bring this up because Julie , and rightfully so, questioned my positioning of the horizon in my last post(dead middle of the frame). Prevailing wisdom suggests that you should not position the horizon of any landscape scene directly in the middle and in most cases this seems to be true. But when I experimented with several crops in Lightroom each result seemed to be counterproductive to my intent of the shot. I really wanted to present a photo that showed the viewer the sense of distance the scene provided. Every crop I tried seemed to present too much contraction on the landscape and defeat my original intent. In this shot I did crop a portion of the top but in this case the contraction, I believe, actually brings more focus to the lighthouse, which is my intent.
BTW, I want to thank Julie for bringing up the horizon issue because it gave me an opportunity to explain my thoughts about the shot. Let me know what you think…even if you disagree with me. It’s okay!