'Lighting of the Lens' by Miles Morgan
There’s a lot behind the ancient mariner rhyme Red Sky at Night, Sailors’ Delight, Red Sky at Morning, Sailors Take Warning, but only if you live in the mid latitudes with weather systems moving in an east/west orientation. Occasionally weather patterns can move from south to north, so you won’t get the visual weather warning.
It’s one thing to check your weather app on your smartphone every morning to see the forecast so you can plan your day. Imagine living in an era where your survival depended on being so in tuned with nature that you could predict with some degree of accuracy whether it was safe to go out on the open sea to fish. Animal behaviour also can be a predictor of oncoming weather; if you see a field of cows lying down, good chance a low-pressure system is moving in with rain on the way.
Our reliance on technology and everything that goes with living in a modern society has dulled most peoples’ connection with the natural world. Nature has a lot to tell us, if we would only slow down and take the time to stop, look and listen. We’re paying for those modern conveniences now, the last 100 years of widening the disconnect between humans and the natural world. Mother Nature it seems has had enough, she’s mad as heck and she’s pushing back. You go girl.
Like red skies and sleeping cows, lighthouses have been another aid to mariners that have their origins as far back as the 8th century bc with wooden beacon fires lit atop hillsides to guide ships and warn of dangerous coastlines. The ancient Romans built lighthouse towers as part of their empire building efforts across the coastal continent and remnants of some of these or rebuilt versions of same have remained on the same piece of ground for close to a thousand years.
These days the need for lighthouses have diminished somewhat with the electronic navigational aids available to mariners. Many lighthouses are being replaced with smaller beacons and lighted buoys to warn of navigational hazards. However, there are still a few of those iconic lighthouses remaining operational and necessary even today in some parts of the world, many of which have been photographed by our talented and sometimes brave 1x members.
The Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth Maine, the Felgueiras Lighthouse in Porto Portugal, the South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey, Wales and so many more, have all been photographed in some very original (unique) and creative ways.
A great way to find inspiration and set the bar really high for your own photographic journey is to search key words or locations on 1x. You’ll see how some of the world’s best photographers have pulled off an award-winning shot.
And so, this month, I would like to share some of those with you in the collection I’ve put together below.
'assist...' by Luciano Caturegli
'Storm rising' by Daniel Springgay
'Stillness...' by Carmine Chiriacò
'Sun is Down' by Denis
'Cabo Mayor' by Pablo Ruiz Garcia
'to the lighthouse' by Hannes Cmarits
'Cloud desending' by Like He
'Drama at the lighthouse' by Aleks Gjika
'alex anger' by Pierre Baccus
'Phare d'Eckmühl_Bretagne' by Herbert A. Franke
'Faro de Isla Pancha' by Jesús M.García
'At the end of the cliff' by Peter Svoboda MQEP
'The Lighthouse in the Morning' by Li Jian
'the fog' by Piet Flour
n/t by Tomasz Rojek
'Lighthouse in the fog' by Anna Wacker / Martin Wacker
'Show me the way' by Jabi Sanz
n/t by Mikhail Potapov
'Blue Harbor' by John Fan
'Lighthouse and Milky Way' by Carlos F. Turienzo
'Elements #5' by Marco Faria
'Colors and Lines' by Yvette Depaepe
'Lighthouse Staircase' by Gerard Jonkman
'Lighthouse' by Jose Beut
'South Stack lighthouse' by Peter Krocka
'Portland Headlight' by Michael Zheng
'Crack in time II' by Jörg Hubrich
'ChaniaStorm' by Marcel Egger
'Lofoten Reflections' by Sandeep Mathur
Great gallery of lighthouses. Thanks to be part of it.
John Fan CREW
Wanghan Li PRO
Piet Flour PRO
once again a splendid series you present in the theme series. Compliments to all
Beautiful choice and photos, wonderful travel through some amazing lighthouses!
Breathtaking photography! Congratulations to the talented authors! Thank you for the inspiring article!
Shobhit Chawla PRO
A beautiful collection of images ! Each is a masterpiece and very inspiring.
Fantastic and inspiring collection of images!
Thank you very much for this magnificent collection of images.
Carmine Chiriacò CREW
Really very interested article, I fully agree with your every word dear Kimberly.
Carmine Chiriacò CREW
Wonderful images, great choice. Thank you Kimberly for selecting my picture too.
Daniel Springgay CREW
Wonderful set of Amazing images all with that Special Wow factor Congratulations to all great Article First Class