Alcatraz Lighthouse - Why I love this photograph

Alcatraz Lighthouse

Alcatraz Lighthouse

Camera:  Olympus E-410
Lens: 14-42mm kit lens
Focal Length:  17mm
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Exposure:  1/160

I love this photograph because several things came together to create it.

The first was my love of travel. This was taken in 2008 on a fly drive holiday of the western USA which took in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Death Valley, Yosemite and Las Vegas. It was an awesome trip with one stunning location after another to photograph.

The second thing that happened is that I bought my first DSLR for the trip. I began to experiment with different settings to get different effects, and I even bought a polarising filter to bring out those deep blue skies. I liked the results and kept on experimenting and getting deeper into this photography hobby.

Colour and composition was the third reason. I knew where I wanted to stand to make a strong composition and I liked how the cool, rough grey of the concrete contrasted with the smooth, deep blue of the sky. I was beginning to understand these things in my head before I got back home and looked at the images on a computer screen.

The fourth and final reason that this photograph is so important to me is that it was the first image I sold. Granted, it was on a stock image site and it was for very little money, but it did make me feel like my photography had at least some value. It gave me some confidence, just when I needed it.