Planet Instagram : Lighthouse Edition

Instagram has been such a revelation in getting images out in front of millions of people, the birth of the influencer and brands getting cheap advertising also finding their way to new eyes and ways to make money.

What happened to the guy who just liked to take pictures ? Well this is what this is all about. I will be selecting a few locations around the world with peoples shots that are maybe using Instagram for enjoyment and recognition from their peers (there may even be the odd mobile phone shot sneaking in if it’s good).

I will only be writing about locations I have visited, even if its only in passing to get to somewhere else. So come with me for a trip around the world with weekly updates of three locations you will want to visit.

Please don’t forget to like, follow and comment on my recommendations on Instagram.

Tarrytown, New York, USA

Also known under a few other names like the Sleep Hollow Lighthouse and Kingsland Point Lighthouse it sits on the East side of the Hudson looking over to Nyack and the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. In 1979 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the better maintained lighthouses from the 1800s.

Try and go during golden hour when the sun sets over the hill on the other side of the river. Lots of parking near by.

Romney Marsh, Kent, UK

The “Old Lighthouse” (yes there is a “new” one) is an Historic Grade 11 building, listed in 1992. Opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1904 after the three year building project completed.

The lighthouse survived two world wars before decommission in the early 1960s which is very good considering over three million bricks were used to build the structure. Rebuilding would have been long job indeed.

Hatteras Island, Outer Banks, USA

The Outer Banks is the mecca of lighthouses, with several brilliant and well maintained structures to visit. One of the best kept secrets here is it’s also one of the best places to see the Milky Way on the eastern seaboard as the Outer Banks has the unique location of being away from the mainland so to speak.

Expect plenty of crowds that visit during the summer, try and go off season where you will be the only one shooting the stars over the lollipop lighthouse. Well you and maybe a few photographers.

Take bug spray, you’re welcome.

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