LIght Beams- Pigeon Point LIghthouse, San Mateo, CA

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Last week, I connected with some serious photography talent and all around great people. Jim, Kendra, Joshua, Diego and I headed out to the annual lighting of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Once a year, Pigeon Point Lighthouse turns on the Fresnel lens for two hours to celebrate the anniversary of the original lighting. The light is stationary for five minutes then rotates for the remainder of the time. Last year, this event was canceled due to funds; so, we arrived about 3 hours early with anticipation of it being very crowded and it sure was. There were literally hundreds of photographers. Check this VIDEO to see the crowds.

While we were waiting, we ran into some flickrites including Mr. I HATE YOU Miles Morgan and Alan who were both a pleasure to meet and talk to.

I wanted to get a different angle so I wandered off and found this really nice angle to the rear of the lighthouse. I asked four different Rangers for permission to walk around the fence and take position. They all replied, "Yes, as long as you walk around the fence". Diego and I set up and were able to catch the nice sunset. I was very excited to get a different view of the Lighthouse.

As luck would have it, we were sitting there enjoying the sunset when a Ranger screamed, "Hey you get back here now"! We complied, stood up and left the area. I explained how we had received permission in advance but to no avail. So you know what happens next? A panic ensues as I try to squeeze myself through the FRAME-BANG and set up. I found a spot and started clicking away. What an AWESOME display of light it was.

My approach for this scene was simple. I wanted to capture a shot of the lighthouse before the lighting to avoid any blown out areas, especially the top of the lighthouse. Then take another shot during the lighting and blend them in post processing. I did this so that I could maintain the detail up top as you can see here.

As always, thanks for your constant support and visits. Have a great rest of the week and may the light be with you wherever you are. Jave

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  2. Elena Omelchenko 32 months ago | reply

    Outstanding work!

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  5. Christina Port 32 months ago | reply

    Phenomenal shot that deserves to be shown as your skill is so apparent. Thank you for making `Howard and Caz`s Gallery richer with your photo as you have made this Gallery truly special with is presence………Christina (M)

  6. Justabird2 (more off then on :) 32 months ago | reply

    Looks like art!! Love that light shooting out, and the stars. Great adventure story, too. All good!! Keep up the great work. angie from FL

    "Your image is very welcomed in HCG, where only Platinum Level images are accepted. Yours is quality work that reflects your skill and talent in photography and art. I thank you very much for adding to the spirit of Howard and Caz's Gallery as you have made it even richer with your presence. Can't wait to see more of your work! Angie,VP of HCG" (2 images a day are allowed to be posted)

  7. Philip Kuntz 32 months ago | reply


    Exceptional shot that deserves to be shown as your skill is so apparent. Thank you for making Howard & Caz's Gallery richer with your photo. You have made this Gallery truly special with it's presence…………Phil (M)

  8. ☼Sol.Digital☼ [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Your work is wonderful!
    Have a happy weekend, my friend!


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  9. VeeDubMan 31 months ago | reply

    Wow! That's all. Wow!

  10. philipleemiller 29 months ago | reply

    the best I have seen of this, the queen of lighthouses.
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

  11. Liatenis 29 months ago | reply

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  12. Yannick Lefevre 29 months ago | reply

    i already saw this one but that is always a pleasure to see again & again Jave :-)))
    take care buddy ;-)
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  13. philipleemiller 29 months ago | reply

    so utterly fine ...
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  14. Tóta. 27.12.1964. 29 months ago | reply

    Amazing capture!!..............Have a nice day my friend............. :)

  15. carrielewman 3 months ago | reply

    Hello Jave,
    I work for a start up non-profit organization and we would like to use this photo for our background/logo. Would you consider allowing us to you use it as a donation to our start-up? Thank you

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