Cape Henry Lighthouse - La Vie Est Belle

Cape Henry Lighthouse

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

It had rained the entire day before I took this photo and there were pools of water all over the place. I wanted to get a nice reflection but it was too windy that morning.

Dad and mom came to visit us this week.  It seems every time my  dad comes into town I always drag him out with me to go and satisfy my photography habits.  This time we headed out to the northeastern point of Virginia Beach to a lighthouse called Cape Henry.  It was a very cold morning with a wind that nearly froze our bones off.  But we had a great time nonetheless.  It had been raining for 3 or 4 days and so there were some puddles around and I tried to get a nice reflection off of one but the wind was too strong.  

As we were driving out we kept talking about how we hoped that there would be enough clouds in the sky to make a good sunrise.  We were blessed with a perfect amount of clouds!  Unfortunately we didn't find a great spot for the photos until a little later but I think the photos turned out pretty good in the end.  

I always post process my pictures.  Even if you think that you have a good picture right out of the camera you can almost always get a better picture with just a few touch ups. If you choose to shoot at time when there are a wide variety of colors and a large dynamic range of light then shooting in HDR and post processing your pictures is a must.  At least according to me.  Yes a good picture is always possible right out of the camera but a little extra work after on the computer is a lot of fun and you get to be the artist with your photo and create is just the way you want to.

Cape Henry with Dad

Cape Henry with Dad

Here is my dad and I freezing our tails off!  We had a good time even if it was cold.  You can see in the background behind us there are two lighthouses. The first one was the original which was built in 1792 and was the first to be authorized by the US government.  The second was built later on in 1881.  Both are awesome!

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