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The Surprise Lighthouse

August 15th, 2012

The Surprise Lighthouse

Until I realized it was looming up behind me during the cruise of Narragansett Bay on Save the Bay's educational vessel. I had never heard of the Hog Island Shoals Lighthouse. Or so I thought. I was looking for the Bristol Ferry Light and thought this was it--wonderful! Now I don't have to figure out how to drive to the vantage point from land. It was only later, when I looked it up in my directory of New England lighthouses, that I realized that Bristol Ferry was that little guy nestled right under the Mount Hope Bridge, whereas this imposing giant sparkplug standing in the middle of Narragansett Bay had a different name.
I swiftly aimed my Nikon D90 and fired off several shots. I think this is likely the best (in any case, it's certainly the closest). When I first processed it, I gave it an aggressive, colorful personality such as you see in my photo titled "King of the Bay." Later, under the guidance of well-known Nikon photographer Deborah Sandidge (Deb knows about artistic creativity!), I went for a gentler look--very different. I named this version, which you see here, "Whisperly," after the preset I used for the processing, and because the name so aptly fits the personality. Also, "Whisperly" reminds me of "Westerly," a quintessential Rhode Island name--one of the southwesternmost towns in the beautiful Ocean State.