About this site
This site shows photos of lighthouses and beacons in different countries. They are the result of my many trips along the coast and led me to impressive spots. These lights on the edge of land and water have many appearances varying from industrial lattice towers up to beautifully detailed cast iron towers . They are surrounded by heavy industry or are built on beautiful deserted islands. This versatility makes these objects to a willing subject for photographers. That’s why photographing lighthouses is still my great passion.
I was born in Arnhem in 1980 and grew up in Geldrop. After secondary school I studied architecture at the Technical University in Eindhoven . My passion for lighthouses has its roots in my childhood. We went on holiday to the coast of Spain and there I visited my first lighthouse. When I was fifteen I started to photograph. After then I worked hard to develope my photographic skills. Meanwhile I built a network of people and organizations who were helpfull by gaining access to lighthouses. As a result I have lots of photographs of interior and exterior in my archive. I am very thankfull to all who contributed. Some of them used my photos in their brochures, websites and corporate identity.
How I work
Initially I photographed lighthouses during daylight, but nowadays mostly at dusk or dawn. Both the lighthouse and the scenery then come into their own. Especially photographing remote towers are a challenge, but the results will often satisfy. My tripod can’t be missed while photographing. Almost all photographs are taken with a slow shutter speed and small aperture. They will not lose their sharpness and color despite the circumstances caused by limited light. Photographing the optical system of a lighthouse, the heart of the tower, takes some practice and good preparation . Rotating lenses, the bright light of the lamp and the limited light from outside impede taking sharp and well exposed photographs. A good photo shoot in a lighthouse could therefore take several hours.
Om te komen tot een mooi resultaat is goed materiaal erg belangrijk. Voorheen fotografeerde ik met diverse analoge Minolta spiegelreflexcamera’s met professionele Fujicolor kleurenfilms. In 2006 heb ik de overstap gemaakt van analoge naar digitale fotografie. Het fotograferen in moeilijke lichtomstandigheden wordt hierdoor makkelijker omdat direct ingespeeld kan worden op het resultaat dat zichtbaar is op het display van de camera. Hieronder een overzicht van mijn uitrusting waar ik tot op heden met veel plezier gebruik van maak.
Canon Digital SLR EOS 7D
Canon Digital SLR EOS 20D + BG-E2 Battery Grip
Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L USM + ET-74
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 SP Di Canon
Marumi Circulair Polarizing Filter 77mm
B+W Circulair Polarizing Filter 67 E
B+W 77mm 3.0 ND 110 Neutral Density Filter (1000x)
B+W 77mm 0.6 ND 102 Neutral Density Filter (4x)
Manfrotto Tripod 055XB
Manfrotto Tripod Head 808RC4
Canon RS-80N3 Remote switch