To The Lighthouse

Here’s another photo from my dawn shoot at Godrevy Lighthouse.  I’m grateful to Poppy for pointing out that Godrevy Lighthouse was the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel, To The Lighthouse. Despite the 1927 novel centering on the Ramsay family and their visits to their summer home on the Isle of Skye Scotland, there are many similarities to Virginia Woolf’s own life and her family visits to Talland House in St Ives, just across the bay from Godrevy Lighthouse.

Many actual features from St Ives Bay are carried into the story, including the gardens leading down to the sea, the sea itself, and the lighthouse.

In 1998, the Modern Library named To the Lighthouse No. 15 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present.

I hope you enjoy the picture…

Godrevy Lighthouse

36mm f/11 121 sec. ISO-100 Lee 10 Stop ND Filter.

5th DLR Photography Competition

A quick reminder, there’s now just over a week to go to get your entries in for the 5th Digital Lightroom ‘Lead in Lines’ photography competition.  With the entire Topaz software Bundle on offer for the winning picture, it’s got to be worth having a go. I look forward to seeing your entries.. ;-)

59 responses

  1. wisejourney

    such glory….

    August 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    • Thank you Nayomi, it’s a beautiful place. :-)

      August 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  2. What a beautiful composition… The lighting on the lighthouse is perfect, especially with the rocks in the foreground (and of course the lights-in-the-cloud in the background). Wonderful shot, always nice to see that getting up early in the morning for a shoot was well worth it :-)

    August 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    • Thanks Randall. First thing in the morning is definitely my favourite time for taking pictures. Not always easy to drag myself out of bed at 4am but it is usually worth it. :-)

      August 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      • I agree with you. The sunset golden hour is nice, but the cooler calmness of the morning is magical. I just need to get to bed earlier. Cheers :-)

        August 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      • Me too.. :-)

        August 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  3. Absolutely beautiful! :)

    August 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    • Thank you Tracey! :-)

      August 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  4. A glorious image.

    August 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    • Thank you so much Elena!

      August 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

  5. Such a lovely image. Nice to add a visual to the novel. It’s been such a long time, I think it might be about time to read it again. This time with your photo in mind. :)

    August 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    • Thank you. It’s not a novel I have read Gunta. I think perhaps I should. I read ‘The Hours’ and that sparked my interest in Virginia Woolf but I didn’t get around to reading any of the novels.. ;-)

      August 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  6. Breath taking as always Adrian ;)

    August 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • Thank you Angi. :-)

      August 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  7. Lovely composition and depth of colour.

    August 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      August 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  8. A beautiful, dreamy image! I’m now off to read “To the Lighthouse”!

    August 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    • Thank you. I think I should read it too. :-)

      August 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  9. A beautiful picture, and a pleasure learning about the continued appreciation of Virginia Wolf.

    August 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

    • Thank you very much Shimon.

      August 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  10. I enjoy it a lot! Suberb light

    August 23, 2013 at 6:22 am

    • Thank you. Much appreciated!

      August 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  11. A stunningly majestic photo, Adrian. I was so happy to be able to see this lovely lighthouse for myself, after we met up with you. Happy memories. :)

    August 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

    • Thank you. I’m so glad you have those memories of Cornwall Sylvia. :-)

      August 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  12. What a beautiful photo, Adrian…and what an inspiration, too. I came across my copy of “To the Lighthouse” the other day as I was looking for some of my Steinbeck novels and thought that I hadn’t read it for quite a while…maybe it’s time to do so again. How nice that we can cross the miles of space and time with our posts here and connect in such simple ways…. Thank you for the photo and the reference to Woolf’s book.

    August 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    • Thank you Scott. How lucky we are, as you say, to be able to connect as we do with our blogs, Facebook, the Internet really was one of the pivotal inventions of the last century. :-)

      August 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  13. Beautiful! What else is there to say that hasn’t already been said?!

    August 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    • Thank you so much Noeline. :-)

      August 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  14. Wooooow what an amazing lighthouse!

    August 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou!

      August 24, 2013 at 6:46 am

  15. Wow! What an incredibly stunning shot! Love it!

    August 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

    • Thank you Mel!

      August 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

  16. Beautiful rich colors in that shot. Nice job.

    August 24, 2013 at 5:24 am

    • Thank you very much Mike.

      August 24, 2013 at 6:47 am

  17. Preciosa… Me Encanta La Tonalidad Azul De La Fotografía… Un Saludo.

    August 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    • Estoy tan contenta de que haya disfrutado de la fotografía, Gracias. Saludos desde Cornwall. :-)

      August 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  18. I don’t have to say it’s a wonderful composition or that the colour is rich and deep or…anything. It’s just you, you send chills down my spine with every photo you present.Etherial, this one.

    And, I’m so glad Virginia Woolf’s novel is that popular. I love it ( but my students don’t…).

    August 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    • Thank you so much Ann Christine! Such a lovely comment. It can be very frustrating teaching teenagers. I know only too well, but I’ve no doubt your students will come back to the book in years to come and thank you. :-)

      August 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      • Hopefully…It sometimes worked that way with me when I was a student.

        August 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      • I know it did for me. :-)

        August 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

  19. Oh, look at that magic sky. A landscape with stories to tell. And you, Adrian, are the narrator. Beautiful!

    August 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    • Thank you Karen! :-)

      August 27, 2013 at 5:37 am

  20. What I like about this picture is how sharp the focus is on the rock in the foreground and the pin point lighting on the light house. Of course what I really like about the picture is everything. I don’t believe that anyone could do better with a 4×5

    August 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    • Thank you James. The D800 is a pretty amazing camera. DSLRs are now really starting to give medium format cameras a run for their money. The good news is medium format cameras are already dropping in price as a result. About time ;-)

      August 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

      • I’m happy for you to have a Nikon D800. I have loved all three of my Nikons. It was a toss up when I bought this D70s. I had been researching the Cannon D20 for near a year but had also been researching the Nikon D70s. Mind you it had been about five years since I shot a picture after all my gear was stolen. That was 35mm by this time it now was digital. I made up my mind to purchase the Cannon and was on the was Ritz Camera, I got to thinking why to I need a camera that expensive I’m not going to shoot pictures for magazines of set up a portrait studio. So by the time I got to the camera store I decided on the Nikon. If I was younger and hadn’t lost all that gear I may have bought a Hasselblad. I was probably dreaming. Bottom line is that you are sure taking some awesome photos. Keep up the good work

        August 30, 2013 at 1:42 am

      • Thank you James. I really struggled choosing the D800. It seemed such an awful lot of money to be spending on a camera but I wanted to be taking the very best pictures I could with the money I had. I know it’s the photographer not the camera and all that but I wanted to take quality images, content aside. You don’t get too many landscape photographers using a Coolpix. A Hasselblad would have been nice but that was way out of my league so I settled on the D800 for now and I’m delighted with it.

        September 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

  21. Lovely photo of this lighthouse! Great work!

    August 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    • Thank you Hans

      August 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

  22. Love this light house pic…The sun is just shining on the right place

    August 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    • Thank you very much Lisa! :-)

      September 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

  23. love the lyrical approach to your seascapes…amplified by a bit of history.

    September 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    • Thank you very much John!

      September 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  24. Another well executed image. I love the spot of warm light on the island and lighthouse. Due to the way it is lit, although the lighthouse is a small element in the image, there is no question that it is the main subject. The composition with the rocks acting as a frame also works for me. Finally, the movement in the clouds give a nice interest item.

    September 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

    • Thank you Mark. I really appreciate that.

      September 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  25. Lovely photo

    September 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    • Thank you Yvonne. :)

      September 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  26. Ohhhh, I find no words…… love it though!

    September 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    • Thanks Marie! :-)

      September 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm

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