This is one of my favorite structures in NY…It was built in the late 1800′s and became obsolete when the Tappan Zee Bridge was built. I see it all the time from the bridge and whenever I’m in or around Tarrytown but I never had the chance to check it out. It is open to the public by appointment only but I’ve driven by a number of times and it is always locked… That is until last week I noticed a very large gap in one of the fences that surround it.
My bud Chris Robins was up for an early morning outing – we got there around 7am this past Sunday, it was a gray, misty day and we had no trouble squeezing through the gate and walked about about a quarter of a mile to the lighthouse. It was the most low-adrenaline, relaxing UrbEx trespasses of our combined careers.
On such an overcast day the first thing I noticed was how the red base of the lighthouse really popped… This was my first camera setup and it is a combo HDR and long exposure (processed in PhotoTools, FocalPoint, Perfect Layers and Silver Efex Pro – I went to town…). I decided to leave the red base, slightly desaturated. I was inspired by my friend Jason Hines who processed this awesome shot of a parking garage in a high-structure B&W and leaving the red trim.
We stayed for about an hour and a half, we crossed the bridge and got onto the lighthouse, I hopped the fence and shot from the rocks, I even lost my Promote Control in the Hudson (that story to follow)… I have a bunch of shots that I’ll be sharing soon.