Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Flying Over Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Buxton, NC, United States.The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. This current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”.Construction of a lighthouse at Cape Hatteras was first authorized in 1794 when Congress recognized the danger posed to Atlantic shipping. However, construction did not begin until 1799. The first lighthouse was lit in October of 1803. Made of sandstone, it was 90 feet tall with a lamp powered by whale oil.Inspired from my film "Hatteras", I decided to create this short solely displaying the lighthouse itself. The Cape Hatteras lighthouse is a timeless piece of American treasure and It's the tallest lighthouse in the USA. Shot over Hatteras Island, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the North Carolina Outer Banks. Only wish I had some shots of people on top to really show the sense of scale!A few brief shots from this shoot made it's way into the intro of the season 1 finale of "Ancient Impossible" Episode titled "Extreme Engineering", which aired Sunday September 7th on the H2 Network :) GoPro Hero3 Black Edition/Dji Phantom quadcopter with Zenmuse gimbal system. Some post stabilization Thanks for viewing ;)

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