Cape Byron Lighthouse

I found this lighthouse rather difficult to shoot. Earlier in the morning the lighthouse itself required 5 to 10 min exposures, but the light required about 20 secs. There's not much room at the top and you really need an ultrawide tilt-shift lens to do it properly.

This shot was taken about 15 mins before dawn from the viewing platform further east.

This is Australia's most eastern mainland lighthouse.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 22nd March 2009, This photo: 6:18am


  • baar_01 said:
    I am always amazed at how much you know about the things you photograph. Well done.
  • David de Groot said:
    Always pays to research your subjects :)
  • MΛЯK said:
    Great Shot... I remember taking a shot of this many years ago. Beautiful part of the world.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah it's not a bad spot, although shooting close to the lighthouse is pretty tight, and that darn light is really really bright.
  • Garry' said:
    Well, I am glad you had a go at this as well. This was my second night shot and I couldn't agree more with your statement. In fact, I had so much time that I studied the light beam trying to figure out how I could beat it.
    The challenge remains and this is the exciting part
    Seen in the group"Brisbane Meetup" (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite true Garry. I think a blended exposure might be the go - exposing for the light separately from the building, the hard part would be the area of the building closest to the light. Definitely worth another attempt, and I'd like to try it with a tilt-shift lens.
  • 41JAS said:
    Would of been great to be there at that time of the day. Really nice David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Well it was cold and windy and there were a surprising amount of people turning up by then, in fact, about a minute after this shot, a busload of Asian tourists turned up and wandered past towards the most-easterly spot.