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From The Scanner - Upright Style 4/14

HAPPISBURGH LIGHTHOUSE

As with yesterdays picture this was taken in the same time period, late 70’s/early 80’s, but I tried to make a fairly mundane subject a bit more interesting photographing it this way. Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Built in 1790, originally one of a pair - the tower is 85ft tall and the lantern is 134ft above sea level. Today the lighthouse is painted white with three red bands, and has been saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.

 

From The Scanner - Upright Style 4/14

HAPPISBURGH LIGHTHOUSE

As with yesterdays picture this was taken in the same time period, late 70’s/early 80’s, but I tried to make a fairly mundane subject a bit more interesting photographing it this way. Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain. Built in 1790, originally one of a pair - the tower is 85ft tall and the lantern is 134ft above sea level. Today the lighthouse is painted white with three red bands, and has been saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.

 

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • 13 Feb 2014, 02:17
Well...I like the grass very much, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, but not the phallic structure in the background then!
Great shot brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Shane.
This is an interesting shot with your selective focus Brian... you put the lighthouse in a fog... good job....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. I hadn't long had my first SLR and associated lenses, and with film cameras it is far easier to get limited depth of field than it is with modern DSLR's.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Feb 2014, 07:29
It's a mirage! smile What I find most interesting about it, Brian, is that it's the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain!
Brian Walbey: Good old film cameras made it easier to get OOF.backgrounds than DSLR's do. Isn't it good that the local people are keeping this going, sadly though the sea is fast washing away the cliffs on which this and the village stand, in years to come they will all disappear in to the sea, perhaps even in our time.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2014, 07:45
Isn't it nice to know it still survives. Nice shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chris although the sea is fast washing away the cliffs on which this and the village stand, in years to come they will all disappear in to the sea, perhaps even in our time.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 13 Feb 2014, 09:07
Your description sounds like the lighthouse near here.
Brian Walbey: Well it is good to know these places keep on working, the sea is fast washing away the cliffs on which this and the village stand, in years to come they will all disappear in to the sea, perhaps even in our time.
I like the DOF you used back then
Brian Walbey: With film SLR's it is a lot easier to get OOF.backgrounds than it is with DSLR's, that is one thing I miss with digital.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 13 Feb 2014, 10:45
I knew this was hazeburra (grin)
Brian Walbey: Full marks for saying it correctly Richard, let's hope the sea doesn't wash the cliffs away at Hazeburra too quickly because I guess, one day, this will end up in the sea.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 13 Feb 2014, 10:46
I like this short-sighted insect's view Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chad, benefit of a film SLR over a DSLR when it comes to OOF backgrounds.
Nice looking through your archives Brian. My dad used to take colour slides
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, this is a four-week look back at the 70's.and my slides, there are hundreds more where these came from, if I get the time to scan the decent ones.
It's wonderful that it is still in operation after all those years, Brian. Good for the local community in maintaining it.
Brian Walbey: Couldn't agree more Beverly, although the sea is fast washing away the cliffs on which this and the village stand, in years to come they will all disappear in to the sea, perhaps even in our time.
It was easier getting back up again in those days Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it was Bill, that's why you don't see much in the way of lowdown shots from me these days smile
Very nice use of the DOF Brian!
Great framing too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard,benefit of a film SLR over a DSLR when it comes to OOF backgrounds
  • carreksmum
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Feb 2014, 19:10
I was going to ask how the places looked now. I wonder how much they have changed. I saw that lighthouse in 1998.
Brian Walbey: I guess this will quite a bit nearer the edge of the cliff by now, the sea is eroding the cliffs very badly along that stretch of the coast.
  • Lisl
  • United States
  • 13 Feb 2014, 19:30
You have been a photographer for a long time, Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed, my first simple camera when I was 14 and then a series of film compacts, with which I took loads of slides, mainly motorcycle sport, until 1971 when I got my first SLR and joined a camera club, I haven't stopped since, none of which, of course, makes me any better a photographer than anybody else on SC., but it is a hobby I have enjoyed all my life.
loving this Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ronke, seeing a picture of you the other day I suspect you weren't even a twinkle in your Dads eye when I took this.
Interesting choice of focus makes for a different shot.
Brian Walbey: I think the benefit of a film SLR over a DSLR when it comes to OOF backgrounds was a great help in the old days John, sadly, unless one can afford a full frame DSLR it is a bit more difficult these days, although I have used the Blur Tool from time to time on backgrounds.

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