Lighthouse Lovers + Shine Your Light

The greatest lesson we can learn, is simply to give love, and receive it in return.
Lighthouse lovers is dedicated to the special woman in my life, and the 7 years of lessons she has blessed me with.

This particular headland is not only one of my favourite spots on earth it also happens to be about 30 minutes from my home. Its access is restricted by the tide and a 4wd is needed to get close before you start the walk up to the lighthouse.
With the bed made up in the back of the truck, days off work ahead and clear skies above things were looking good, So late at night we decided start our adventure 15km ride up the beach. After a short 20 minute hike we arrived at the base of the lighthouse and i was surprised how close to it i got before noticing its presence.

Directly behind me from where this shot is taken the cliff plummets  around 100 meters to the ocean and rocks below. This is usually an amazing view point to see all the wonderful marine wildlife you’d expect to find off the east coast of Australia. whilst sitting up there in the silence waiting for my exposures to finish we were lucky enough to hear a pod of humpback whales cruising close below us and could clearly hear the water exiting their blow holes as they came up for breath on their annual migration.


My initial vision for this evening was to get a panoramic view with the lighthouse in the centre shot and the milky way arching over the top. Due to the milky-way’s location, an unattractive maintenance shed next to the lighthouse and the cliff face I was unable to get what i was hoping and had to reposition for something a little different.

I could see there was a nice opportunity for a central silhouette in a panoramic and was hoping my girlfriend was keen to try one of her impressive yoga poses. (which become even more impressive when they have to be held still for 30 seconds).I took a while hunting for my desired vantage point and at nearly 1 a.m i could not blame her for opting for the more easily achievable standing prayer pose.

After an amazing couple of hours shooting and staring into space in this special environment, I felt I had got the shots needed to put together my first lighthouse milky way panoramic. It is comprised of 9 vertical images stitched together through lightroom to form over a 180 degree view. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed shooting it.

Meditating Master Monk
K'gari Sunrise

Photo Blurb
Canon 7d
Tokina 11-16mm @ 11mm
F/2.8 @ 30 seconds
Iso 4000

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