Tarrytown Lighthouse

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.

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May 24, 2011 - 7:27 am

Ariel - And in the background is glorious Nyack, NY…

May 24, 2011 - 7:28 am

Barbara Youngleson - I think you experienced the same “stuck” weather front that we experienced in Maine. Your B&W processing really captured the moody atmosphere and the splash of red draws our eyes just where you want them. Love the shot!
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May 24, 2011 - 7:50 am

Chris Nitz - I like the selective color of the red base. I love lighthouses, and I hope to one day drive around the Great Lakes taking shots of all their great lighthouses. Great work Steve!
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May 24, 2011 - 8:43 am

Curt Fleenor - Nice work Steve – I love the desaturated look!
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May 24, 2011 - 10:28 am

Jason Hines - Great all around image steve. I like the overall comp, the b&w and the red base. Thanks for including a link to me! I’m glad I was able to give you ideas. :)
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May 24, 2011 - 10:54 am

Jimi Jones - Wow, this is an awesome shot.
Love the detail. Going B&W on this was s great choice.
Outstanding processing, man
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May 24, 2011 - 11:17 am

Chris DeAngelis - Liking the selective color! Nice comp and processing.
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May 24, 2011 - 12:07 pm

Deborah Camacho - Beautiful photograph!

May 24, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Kristi Hines - Great use of the focal point and selective coloring! :)
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May 24, 2011 - 12:35 pm

Chris Kenison - Wow, Steve! Just a great shot! I usually don’t go for selective color, but it works really well here! Well done!

May 24, 2011 - 12:43 pm

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - I didn’t even know this existed!
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May 24, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Chris Frailey - Love the processing on this shot. Man that sucks losing the promote. Those don’t come cheap.
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May 24, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Chris Robins - looks really nice steve. perfect morning for b/w imagery. the layering is a fantastic idea, i love the blurred silhouettes of the lighthouse and bridge on the hudson compared to the clear silhouettes of your last post of the dam which were also really tasty…great call to run down here.

May 24, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Tom Baker - I like the way you processed this one, though you know I’d love to see it in straight black and white.
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May 25, 2011 - 12:05 am

Level 6 | HDR Photography - Jimi Jones Visuals - [...] I was on the hunt for images recently, finding myself on the top level of a parking garage overlooking an expressway where I was intent to capture some night photography. After getting a few long exposure brackets I turned to head back to my truck and all of a sudden it hit me. There before me was a scene reminiscent of a Jason Hines shot entitled P3, one that I thought was very nicely done.  Ole Jason started something with that shot, as noted in this awesome Tarrytown lighthouse image by Steve Beal. [...]

May 25, 2011 - 1:47 am

Peter J. Hart - Physics!

May 25, 2011 - 6:08 pm

Cynthia J Cage - Dynamite shot! The contrast in the sky,the red of the lighthouse and the black trim just really make this photo pop.

September 28, 2014 - 1:38 am

joyfulgozo - I’m a lighthouse fan. Glad that I came upon this photo. I notice the bridge and then back to the l.h. lighting is interesting also.

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