Photo of the Day: Wednesday, June 16 2009 Pop Photo Readers' Contest Travel/Places Category Winner Published Jun 16, 2010 5:44 PM Galleries SHARE 2009 Pop Photo Readers’ Contest Travel/Places Category Winner Travel-Places-Category-Winner *Travel/Places Category Winner*“This shot was half planned and half happy accident. I was on vacation in Cape May, NJ, last July, and found this lighthouse while exploring the beach. I knew I had to shoot it— just didn’t know what I wanted it to look like. Then the idea of a composite came to me. I captured just the lighthouse one day, shooting close-ups and from a distance to cover enough angles to choose from. Then I went back the next day at roughly the same time to photograph the seagulls. The sun wasn’t as much of a difficulty as you would expect—framing it behind the lighthouse, I bracketed all my shots so I knew I would get the look I wanted. The main problem was the mosquitoes. They were pretty terrible, so I had to work fast. I think I lost about a pint of blood on this shoot.”*Tech Specs: *Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with Canon 35mm f/2.8 (lighthouse) and 70–200mm f/4 (seagulls) lenses. Exposures, 1/125 sec at f/11, ISO 100. Composited in Adobe Photoshop CS4. MORE TO READ RELATED Check out these incredible images from the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards These winning images from the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards show birds in all their glory. READ NOW RELATED 10 iconic photographs worthy of your wall right now Bring fine art home with these wall decor... RELATED Stunning photos from the Smithsonian’s 17th annual photo competition revealed Bathing monkeys, squabbling birds, and more.