Whenever we arrive at or leave Nassau during our Bahamas cruises, the ship passes by an interesting lighthouse. This lighthouse fascinates me, and I always try to take a few photos of it when I can. Here are some different views of the lighthouse from our 2017 Disney Cruise.
This first view of the lighthouse was taken when Laura and I visited Junkanoo Beach during the cruise. I was interested to see that the beach was just across the harbor from the lighthouse. I suppose that in the past I have spent all of my time looking at the lighthouse as we cruise past, and I have never taken the time to notice the beach that was opposite the lighthouse.
I also liked the sailboat that was anchored out in the harbor here. There were a few sailboats out that day, although none of them had their sails up when we saw them. It must be nice to just sail for a while and then drop your anchor and relax for a bit. Yes, that is a simplified view because I know that sailing takes a bit more effort than just starting up the motor on a motorized boat. But it still sounds nice.
This black and white view was taken as the ship was sailing away in the afternoon. I thought that a black and white version might be interesting, showing more of the contrast without the different colors to distract you. I am overall a fan of color, however, so I sometimes have a difficult time converting to black and white. Since this post includes some color photos as well, it was not as much of a problem this time.
This photo also helps to show the relative size of the lighthouse, along with how the modern cruise ships tower over it. We were on Deck 5, and we were somewhat even with the top of the lighthouse. I would guess that when it was originally built the ships were not quite so tall. But still, if you are coming in during the dark of night, any light is welcome, no matter how high up in the air it may be.
In this view, the clouds above and the water below drift lazily past the Nassau lighthouse, as it is surrounded by pastel colors. This photo was also taken as the ship was sailing away, which shows why it is sometimes difficult to convert to black and white as with the previous photo. Just look at those colors!
And finally, here is one more view of the lighthouse as we were leaving. This probably looks more like the type of photo that you are used to seeing around here lately, doesn’t it? As we were sailing past, I switched lenses for the wider view. Also, as we turned, we lost the pastel sky colors and traded them for more of the normal clouds. I was glad to see both views, actually, and that is why they are both presented here.
Also in the photo, you can see another sailboat just to the right of the top of the lighthouse, and once again this one does not its sails up. You can see the trail of one of the pilot boats that turned around the buoy and went back into the harbor after it escorted us out. And at the very right of the photo, you can see another cruise ship still docked in the harbor. There is always so much to see in these wide views. I love that.
The Nassau lighthouse may not be nearly as important in these days of modern technology, but it is still always fascinating to see!
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light." - Luke 11:33
About the photos:
These photos use a variety of processing techniques, along with a variety of camera lenses. Well actually, just two lenses, with the zoom lens being extended to different lengths as was necessary for the different views that I was trying to capture.
As with some earlier posts, the photo with motion was created by first processing the photo in Photoshop as normal and then adding motion using the Plotagraph iPhone app. Actually, several of these photos would have been good candidates for that type of motion, but I chose the one that I did because I felt that the colors were already eye-catching, and the motion would add to that even more.
Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens and Olympus 14-42mm IIR
Date: June 9, 2017
Location: Nassau, Bahamas