[/caption] Beautiful view from San Juan Island, looking across Haro Straight with the mainland in the background. The small white dot in the upper middle part of this photo is Cattle Point lighthouse. It’s located on the southernmost part of the island and looks due east with Mt. Baker clearly visible. Haro Straight can be seen just above the lighthouse and the mainland of Washington State visible in the distant background. Cattle Point lighthouse is located at San Juan Island Historical Park or better known as American Camp. The lighthouse was built in 1935 and is one of two lighthouses located on the island. There are breathtaking views with Eagle Cove offering you a great chance of watching Orcas swim by. You can see the Olympic mountains as well as Mt. Rainier and of course Mt. Baker. There are miles of beach access available as well as some great hiking trails that allow you to venture in the forest that’s dotted along the area.
[/caption] The photo was taken at Cattle Point which is located on South Beach and is part of American Camp. The name of the lighthouse is Cattle Point lighthouse. You can see Lopez island and the mainland of Washington State in the far distance. I took this shot last summer on 8/24/10 at about 11:10am and the sun was high overhead and the sun was at about a 90 degree angle which helped limit overexposing the photo due to the harsh light. There were no clouds in the sky which really made the light very harsh and difficult to work with. However, you don’t get too many warm sunny days in the islands so I was pretty content with what I had to work with. You can watch dozens of sailboats and yachts cruse by the lighthouse as they leave Griffin Bay and head out into Haro Strait. Because the sun was so bright and harsh I made sure to attach my CIR-PL and warming filter in order to help saturate the sky and bring out the warming tones of the warn fence and grass. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Canon 18-55mm lens. I had the focal length at 36mm so parts of the horizon are somewhat out of focus due to the shorter field of view. The camera mode was in Program/Normal so the aperture was at F-8 and the shutter speed at 1/125 second. I set the ISO at 100 in order to limit the sensitivity of the lens to the harsh light. I also had to reduce the white balance to -2 so the photo wouldn’t be overexposed. This shot was taken at one of the absolute worst times of the day along with one of the hardest scenes possible due to the lack of cloud cover or shadows, but I utilized the angle of the sun and the settings on the camera to get this shot. However, I did utilize photoshop to enhance the saturation of the sky and the foreground.