Black and white, Ploumanac'h, Men Ruz lighthouse

Ploumanac’h, Men Ruz lighthouse

This photo of the lighthouse of Ploumanac’h reminds me of a famous computer game of the 90’s called “Myst” with it’s mysterious buildings and structures. For those of you who don’t know it, here’s a short description:

Myst is a graphic adventure video game. It puts the player in the role of the Stranger, who uses a special book to travel to the island of Myst. To complete the game, the player must explore the seemingly deserted island. There the player discovers and follows clues to be transported via “linking books” to several “Ages”, each of which is a self-contained mini-world. Each of the Ages—named Selenitic, Stoneship, Mechanical, and Channelwood—requires the user to solve a series of logical, interrelated puzzles to complete its exploration. Objects and information discovered in one Age may be required to solve puzzles in another Age, or to complete the game’s primary puzzle on Myst. A very mysterious world indeed…

To get to this lighthouse you have to go down a winding path carved through pink granite rocks and cross the beautiful bridge in front of the building. This can be a dangerous undertaking when there’s a storm blowing, because the waves will go over the path and crush you against the rocks. You’ll probably die (well maybe not.., but there’s a sign that says you will…!)

I got lucky for this photo. When I arrived in front of the bridge there was nobody near the lighthouse. I quickly snapped two or three shots and then the people started to arrive. I stayed for almost an hour, and at least twenty tourists were surrounding the lighthouse or walking on the bridge at any given time. Impossible to take more pictures…

I went back the next day and solved the problem by using long exposures. That made those tourists disappear! I’ll post some long exposure photos later and I’ll explain how i did it.



  • Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 1/80 second ===> 0.0125 second
  • Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 11/1 ===> ƒ/11
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 200
  • Original Date/Time = 2012:09:09 11:57:56
  • Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/80 second
  • Aperture = ƒ/11
  • Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/1 ===> 0
  • Flash = Flash did not fire
  • Focal Length = 18/1 mm ===> 18 mm

How it was done and post processing:

  • I got lucky: all visitors left the place for about ten seconds
  • Handheld shot, Sigma  18-200 mm zoom lens
  • Imported in Adobe Lightroom
  • Converted to black and white in Lightroom
  • Did some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom (cropped and removed dust spots)


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