Today's photo post is showing the lighthouse on Robbins Reef which is just north of Staten Island in New York Harbor. I took this photo from the Staten Island Ferry on my morning commute to work. The lighthouse has a very interesting history including the keepers of the light in the days before it could be fully automated. (Yes, you are seeing right... that is a little tiny island!) Could you imagine this as your residence!! It was such for Kate Walker and her husband and her children. When her husband died, it became Kate's responsibility to care for the lighthouse duty. She did so for a total of 33 years before she retired. Today the lighthouse at Robbins Reef has been entrusted to the stewardship of the Noble Maritime Collection (where my wife works). The museum has excellent plans for a restoration of the lighthouse. If you are interested in a closer look, you can see 360 degree virtual views on the Noble Maritime Collection's website.
This morning, I discovered the photo that was accidentally left on my memory card in my camera from last summer. The original photo is shown below.
The original photo as you can see was interesting but was lacking in a few things. I took the photo over into a little processing session in the Adobe Lightroom app and in the end it was a much more interesting photo! It is great to have the photo processing tools that we have available to us today. In the edit session, I did a whole series of little tweaks including cropping, straightening, adding clarity, vibrance and detail, adjusting the black and white points. You can see what a difference it made. The crop also adjusted the composition which brought tighter the more interesting elements of the photo namely the lighthouse, the boat in foreground and the NJ buildings is the background.
Photo processing is a useful thing for anyone that works with photography. In my last post, I talked about post-processing for real estate and how it helps improve a listing agent's photos. If you are interested to learn more about photo processing, be sure add your name to my sign-up list for a future course that I will be recording that will focus on photo processing for real estate.