Crystal Clear - Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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Cool crisp air and a breeze light as the wind blew in off the Pacific and cleared the fog that had permeated the shoreline much of the day creating a crystal clear sky with brilliant starlight. Driving down California's Pacific Coast at night during a full moon is possibly one of the best ways to see some of the coastline. The light from the moon turns the ordinary in to magical scenes. The gulls have all roosted and the skies are wonderfully clear. The typical waves that are usually massive were calm and the night unusually quiet making for a special moment in time unlike any other.

In order to stop the Coast Guard beacon in motion I had to set the camera to ISO 1600 and f/2.8. Even so, it was still a 3 second exposure so timing had to be perfect. I was a little worried about noise levels but the new Nikon D800E came through again. Even at ISO 1600 the noise was minimal.

I am really going to miss the annual lighting that normally takes place in November but lets hope they can get the repairs done quickly and the event will return in a few years. Pigeon Point Lighthouse is really stunning when the main Fresnel Lens is turned on.

© Darvin Atkeson

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Comments (5)

Euer Ehren on October 4, 2012

Great shot. Good Composition.
Greetings from Würzburg, Germany

Yvonne Olbrich on October 15, 2012

Great work, wonderful light!


Greetings from Germany, Yvonne

RedsN on October 15, 2012

VOTED Ciao ,Reds

Urszula K. on October 17, 2012

Fantastic colours,

Like and voted,

best wishes, Urszula.

Sergio N. Verrillo (… on April 6, 2013

Grande composizione! YSL. Sei nei miei preferiti. Saluti, Serghiei1

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Darvin Atkeson
Bass Lake, California

Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 7, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Darvin Atkeson
    • Taken on 2012/08/29 22:53:38
    • Exposure: 3.000s
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO1600
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash