Cape D’Aguilar, or Hok Tsui, is a cape in the south of Shek O and D’Aguilar Peak on southeastern Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The peninsula, where the cape is on its southeastern side, is also known as Cape D’Aguilar. It is named after Major-General George Charles D’Aguilar.
Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse is one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong. It is also known as Hok Tsui Beacon. The lighthouse is one of five pre-war surviving lighthouses in Hong Kong; it is also the oldest lighthouse in Hong Kong. Two of the five lighthouses are on Green Island while the other three are at Cape D’Aguilar, Waglan Island and Tang Lung Chau respectively. Waglan Lighthouse and Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse are also declared monuments of Hong Kong.
The lighthouse was named after Major-General Sir George Charles D’Aguilar and began service 6 April 1875. The light was a fixed dioptric first order Fresnel lens, emitting a white light on a focal plane of 200 feet (61 m) above sea level, that could be seen in clear weather 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi). When the Waglan Island Lighthouse began operation in 1896 the Cape D’Aguilar light was rendered obsolete. In 1905 the light was removed and transferred to the Green Island Lighthouse to replace the forth order Fresnel light. In 1975 the Cape D’Aguilar was placed back into service with an automated system. The existing structure is 9.7 metres (32 ft) tall.
I went there at 4:30am on Oct 3, 2020, waiting for the sunrise (at around 6:15am).
I used mainly wide angle lenses – AIS18/35, AIS24/2, AIS35/1.4 with Nikon FM2 and Fujichrome RDPIII. To avoid the overexposing the sky, I mainly used 2 methods:
- Before the sunrise, when the light was dim, I used a black card in front of the lens to cover up the sky to reduce the exposure, as the exposure time was long enough.
- After the sunrise, I needed to use the gradual density filter mounting in front of the lens to reduce the exposure of the sky because the exposure time was too short for hand held black card.
A steady tripod is needed as the easterly wind is quite strong at Cape D’Aguilar, where it is openly facing the South China Sea.