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Postby Rob143 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:31 pm


I will see this light this year. My question is for those who have photographed it. How long of lens do I need to shoot this from land? I know it's now surrounded by water, but I have no idea how far it sits from any dry land it can be shot from. I prefer to take a fair amount of time and walk around the lights I can and look at every angle possible, even if all I learn is that I need to return another morning/evening with a shorter/longer lens. That seems pretty much out of the question here, but maybe there are more good opportunities than I'm expecting.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:15 pm


Rob,

All I can remember from my short time there was ...

... that 300mm was not enough
... that there are dunes to help frame shots
... that maybe, if time is going to be spent there, low tide will get you "closer." :wink:

... and more important, one look at it, surrounded by angry water ... faded paint ... tower worn ... lantern desolate ... for sure, if ANY lighthouse is haunted it is this one ...

Enjoy your vist ... and if at all possible, if time permits, get yourelf down to Hunting Island ... if "walking around and taking a fair amount of time" is your method this is a place for you ... you can see the forest for the trees ... and the coastal possiblities are different then you'll see in many, many places ...
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Postby wheland » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:57 am


Rob,

I've been there a couple of times. You can get fairly close to the lighthouse - I must have been there at low tide both times.

You can get a very distant view of Sullivan's Island LH from morris Island LH. It's much more difficult to do the opposite , though.

Here's a photo I took on my trip in 2002-

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I took it with a digital camera with a 10X optical zoom .

There was a store in the little shopping district where you turn left to get to the LH that was accepting donations and selling some items for the benefit of the LH. Keep in mind this was about 4 1/2 years ago at this point.

I'll second the motion of getting to Hunting Island. It's a very nicely restored light- and it even has the fresnel lens from morris Island at the bottom of the tower.

You can get some very nice photos of Hunting Island from the beach there. We were there last March and may get there again this March. I'm hoping we mange to get to charleston on this trip.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:01 am


Rob,

Make sure you pack a lens longer than 300mm! That is what I have an I got something similar to what Dennis did. Make sure you take water to drink, whether it is warm or not, and hit it at low tide. There is little room to park at the public beach access, so go when there's not a lot of people to avoid parking issues. Of course you know you have to shoot if from the north end of Folly Beach. I have directions on my site. A great place to shell on a falling tide, just don't get in the water. The current is STRONG! I prefet afternoon as the light is more on the "front" of the tower where the door is, like in Dennis's shot.

Have any more questions, ask!
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Postby Rob143 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:59 pm


Thank you all for the suggestions. Hunting Island has been suggested, and seconded, sounds like a good place to add to that trip.

Barry and Stephen. You both suggested something longer than 300mm. One question that does come to mind is whether you guys were shooting film, or a DSLR with a crop factor, with those 300's. Particularly since Stephen said he got something similar, with a 300, to what Dennis posted.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:25 am


I was shooting film, and cropped all the water and sky out from around it.
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Postby vacastle » Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:51 am


Yes, definitely go to Hunting Island. You'll be really glad you did.

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Postby Grover1 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:11 pm


Rob ... I was shooting film that day as well
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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:51 am


I agree that you need to hit Hunthing Island while in the area. Go in the morning, early morning if going in the summer, so you avoid all the summer haze and all the beach goers.
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Postby COTA » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:13 pm


I can definitely add my vote to this one! Hunting Island is a must! The scenery is fabulous and you won't regret it! As for Morris Island, I went only once, and yes the 300mm is not enough! I hope to return there one day this year as well.
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