Pt-5 In this blog I take a look at the lighthouse at St Mary’s Island.
St Mary’s Island is a small sandstone island near the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England. The island itself was originally called Bates Island, Hartley Bates or Bates Hill as it was originally owned by the Bates family. The lighthouse itself continued to function to 1984, these days it open to visitors, if you wish to climb the steps to the lantern room.
As I was spending a few days based next door at the campsite meant it was a short walk or drive to park up and take a few different images during my time there. In this blog I managed to take different images at various times of the day in all sorts of conditions. As this is a tidal island it meant that my timings for my visits had to be taken when possible, especially if I wanted to walk across the causeway to reach the island, when I did I found it had a small visitors centre telling us all of its history.
I was mainly armed with my Nikon D-300 with a 16-80mm lens as I found this a great combination to get wide angle prospective, as well as medium zoom for some close up subjects. The tide played an integral part to the images, for me the evening shots were great with a rocky foreground adding to the seascape helps and if you are lucky the warm evening light is an added bonus. During high tide it is a different type of image, you get drama as the tide on both of the beaches meet up at the causeway to the island which acts as a breaker for both incoming tides this is fun to watch and capture on camera, saying that there has always been in the past people trapped half way across to the island hoping to beat the tide.
One thing I would say is that more people come a long when the tide is high, maybe its the sense of drama at what goes on with the sea or it is that people especially young children like the adventure of watching the tide run over there feet or trying to beat the larger waves crashing into them, we have all done it.
Photographically this has been a joy to photograph, hopefully next time my timings will be as the tide goes out so I can capture images with a slow shutter speed to get the sense of movement or flatten the sea right out.