Photographer's Note

Land's End isn't strictly speaking the End, as beyond it is this rock reef called the Longships, with its lonely lighthouse. And of course beyond that are the Isles of Scilly, some 20 miles further out, but on a day like this, they were not remotely visible. The day had been very wet and the wind was gale force at least, though it cleared considerably as the afternoon wore on.

Longships Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1875 to replace a shorter tower built upon rocks at the extreme south-west of Britain’s mainland. From the terrific seas which swept over the rock during storms, the lantern in the earlier 18th shorter tower was so often obscured by water that the character of a fixed light could not be determined with certainty. This eclipse by the waves was the reason given for the replacement of the earlier tower by the present circular tower of grey granite built by Sir James Douglass, Trinity House’s Engineer-in-Chief, in 1875.

Longships Lighthouse was automated in 1988: before that it was manned by four men, two of whom were on station at any one time, working one month at a stretch. Not a job I'd fancy...

Shutter speed: 1/500th sec
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 200
Focal length: 70mm

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Additional Photos by Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1070 W: 301 N: 3097] (14141)
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