Winter Light / by Jonathan Gardner

Sony a7R II | 24mm | 6 sec | ISO 50

Once I capture a photo I am happy with, it is not often that I revisit a location. It has never been a conscious decision, it has just been the case. After my recent visit to the Discovery Park Lighthouse (map below), I am certainly going rethink that posture. The image I came away with I call Winter Light and in this post, I will talk about the journey to taking it.

Discovery Park is a 534-acre park just north of downtown Seattle. While the park is well traveled in the handful of times I have been there I have run into two or three people at the most. There are no public parking spaces near the lighthouse, so you have to park at the visitor center and hike the mile or so to the beach. There are about 10 or so permit-only parking spaces near the beach. I was late heading out, so I decided to take my chances. When I arrived, I was lucky to find an open parking space.

From the car park, I could see the beach buzzing with activity. As I approached, I could see that a young couple had just gotten engaged and they were celebrating with their friends. The mood in the air was quite joyful, in stark contrast to the sky forming up for sunset.

I set up my tripod just off the path in the bushes and took a few test shots to review. I liked the composition I had lined up, and then this young woman walked right into the frame and sat down next to the lighthouse. She was the only person in frame, and I took this image. I love the emotion it evokes, and I hope you do too.

With this blog post, I am releasing this print in 11 “x 17” signed and numbered. This release will be limited to 25 editions so make sure to get one before they are gone.