Monday, January 07, 2008

St. Augustine Lighthouse


My wife Debbie and I have just returned from a weekend trip to St. Augustine, FL. St. Augustine is a beautiful historic city and I would recommend visiting if you have an opportunity to do so. The city has a history dating back more than 400 years, the city was founded in 1565 making it the oldest city in the U.S. For more history of St. Augustine click HERE.

While in St. Augustine, my wife and I attended a ghost hunt at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. This was a perfect opportunity to test my new Nikon D-300's high ISO/low noise quality of this camera. It was also the first time I had used "auto ISO" programing in a camera.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse rises 165 feet above sea level and contains 219 steps. At the top, a first order Fresnel lens serves the beacon. The St. Augustine lens consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape towering twelve feet tall and six feet in diameter.

I am totally thrilled with my new camera! Here are several other shots to look at from my trip.





6 comments:

i.n.galbraith said...

shit, those pics look AWESOME. the cool blue stairs is great! i'm sure you're more then satisfied with the results...

carlos said...

In the first stairwell shot, is that a long exposure while someone climbed the stairs with a lantern of some type? I'm really diggin' that one.....

Bill Giles said...

I really like the blue stairway shot. How did you do it?

Chad Banning said...

Cool David,

May I ask your settings and ambient light conditions of the first lighthouse image?

Box of Frogs said...

The two spiral staircase shots are beautiful.

For the first one can you shed some light (pardon the pun) on the shooting data please? And did you handhold the camera?

Thanks

David Tejada said...

The blue comes from shooting with a color balance of tungsten. The exposure was 30 seconds and the light is coming from a LED flash light I'm carrying down the stairs.

I had my wife push the shutter and I would walk down using the light to light the space. DT