Landscape Photography Travel Photography

Guiding Light

This is some lighthouse out on Lake Michigan in Chicago. The large sailing ship just happened to be going by at the time while I was shooting several frames. I have no idea of the names of either the ship or the lighthouse. I’m too lazy to look it up.

There was a lot of stuff in the frame so when it came time to edit I just went with the square crop. It puts the two prominent objects in frame and makes them the central focus of the image.

Editing wise I had to be careful because there is so much blue. It also wasn’t the sharpest image ever so I had to take that into account. So I just started to mask it bits here and there until I found something that worked. I had to tone down the blue because it was too unnaturally blue which may have been the real color but it didn’t work. Once I had that done it was time to remove the noise. The whole image had it so I could not just mask in the sky. So I did an unsharpen mask and then a sharpen mask to give it some texture back.


Lighthouse on Lake Michigan