Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Photographing at Hatteras, I’m alone on the pre-dawn beach. A half mile away, at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, there is always someone else with a tripod and a camera. It is an American icon and has been photographed a lot. In season, it opens at 9 AM and you can climb the 268 steps to the top. Its a good view but that late, the light is flat. I’ve asked the National Park Service to let me up there at dawn or dusk without success. To be fair, they are short handed. Here is what a 208 foot tall lighthouse looks like if you hop the decorative fence in the morning when only photographers are around. You can get this close and have your choice of parking. Below is my “postcard” shot from April of 2009.