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Picture of the Week
Currituck Lighthouse Lens #8



Hi Friends,

I recently had the rare opportunity to photograph inside the lens room of the Currituck Lighthouse in Corolla. The best part was being able to shoot as the sun set and after that, until the light automatically began flashing at twilight. The intricately constructed fresnel lens is a thing of beauty and an engineering marvel from the 19th century. I shot many, many shots with several lenses over a couple of hours. I can't quite pick a favorite photo, but this is one I really liked. The light is lit, and outside you see the last light of the day. I love how the blues, yellows, and pinks of the sky are refracted through the prisms of the lens. Lighthouses were built for the utilitarian purpose of warning ships at sea away from the beaches, but they are beautiful and intricate examples of architectural and optical artwork as well. And great subjects for photographers!

I hope you enjoy it,

Ray Matthews