Photographing the Beautiful Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | Outer Banks | Buxton, NC

The first time I saw a photo of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, I knew I needed to photograph it. The contrasting candy-cane black and white stripes withe a red base immediately caught my attention. I pictured my photos using selective color – black and white with the red base.

I know a lot of people have strong feelings about selective color. Cliche’, dated, blah blah blah….and for the most part I agree. My exception is the color RED. I just can’t help myself!

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | Outer Banks | Buxton, NC

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse History

This gorgeous light is the world’s tallest brick lighthouse at 198.49 feet tall from the bottom of the foundation to the pinnacle of the tower. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as we see it today was completed first lit on December 1, 1870.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was originally quite a bit closer to the shore, but beach erosion from storms and hurricanes put the structure in jeopardy. The solution was to move it 2900 ft inland to its current location. It was the tallest brick structure in history to be moved.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | Outer Banks | Buxton, NC

Capture & Processing Notes

I shot both of these photos handheld with my Canon 6D and 16-35mm lens. Each photo is a handheld HDR comprised of 3 exposures merged in Aurora HDR 2018 and finished in Lightroom.

Visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

If you’d like more information on visiting the Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, click here to visit the National Park Service website.

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