Pic of the week – Friday 24 May 2019
As the shroud of dusk envelopes the landscape as a portent of night, so Ardnamurchan Lighthouse springs into action protecting the sailors and their ships from the most westerly point on the British Mainland.
This is one from the archive and the metadata tells me the following:
The photo was taken at 19:51hrs on 24 September 2015. I’m not sure if that’s the moment the shutter opened or closed, because this was a 25 second exposure at f20. I shot at ISO 100 to minimise noise and quite wide at 26mm. All editing has been done in Lightroom, and mostly with a light touch. I opted for a sqaure crop as I will be using this across my social media, but I like the resultant composition, I also added a slight vignette to help draw the eye to the light.
As I said above, Ardnamurchan Lighhouse is at the most westerly point on the British mainland positioned at Latitude 56° 43.6′ N Longitude 6° 13.4′ W . It’s been been safely guiding ships through the waters off Scotland’s west coast since 1849 and is now fully automated. The lighthouse tower is 36 metres tall rising 55 metres above the rocks. It was built in 1849 using granite from the Isle of Mull and was designed by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose family designed most of Scotland’s lighthouses over a period of 150 years. Apparently it is the only lighthouse in the world designed in an “Egyptian“ style.