Fresnel Lighting of Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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    The annual Fresnel Lighting of Pigeon Point Lighthouse happened today. The lantern room of the tower is equipped with the original first-order, 1000-watt Fresnel lens, the lens has 24 flash panels, is composed of 1008 hand-polished lenses and prisms and is capable of producing over 500,000 candlepower illumination. It was manufactured by the Henry-LePaute company in Paris, France and was first lit at Pigeon Point at sunset on November 15, 1872. Read more on Wikipedia

    The first time I came to know about this event was in Nov, 2008. But it was after the fact and I was like "will try next year". In 2009, the event was cancelled due to budget constraints. In all I've waited for this moment for almost 2 years and I was extremely pleased that this happened this year. With couple of other folks from Bay Area Night Photography we made it to this place on time and managed to come out with a keeper. I'm pleased with the outcome as this version matches very close to what I had visoned for the past 2 years.

    Tech Info: Nikon D300s; Tokina 12-24 @24mm, ISO 200, f/6.3 for 250s

    PS: I was away for my mother's funeral. Will be catching up with your streams from tomorrow.

    Jezlyn26, anishsid, RadiHoliday, and 36 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. susafri 53 months ago | reply

      beautiful! Love how the stars move and the beams from the Fresnel lens are just perfect! and nice to meet you!

    2. Matt Granz Photography 53 months ago | reply

      You caught the moment splendidly!

    3. idashum 53 months ago | reply

      Great to see that you got out for this! It seems like everyone was there. Looks like I'm going to have to wait until the next time. Wonderful light rays shining from the lighthouse.
      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    4. martypars 53 months ago | reply

      Great image!! I especially like the depth and quality of the sky color. Keep shooting!

    5. MayankU 53 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot! The 2 years wait was worth it :)
      Love the composition and the rays from the lens are just amazing.

    6. DanielKHC 53 months ago | reply

      This is really cool! I saw many similar shots, now I understand why!

    7. dlv1 53 months ago | reply

      Fabulous! Awesome!

    8. Abhishek \m/ 53 months ago | reply

      Stunning ! the fresnel lens hv done a fantastic job !! suddenly I am seeing many photographers uploading similar shots of the lighthouse .. co-incidence?

    9. ztij0 53 months ago | reply

      Awesomenesss. Steady shot for that long exposure. I was just wondering if you had made for this event and you did ;)

    10. Kevinnleung 53 months ago | reply

      This is a gorgeous shot Sudhi! Well done.

    11. kaddisudhi 53 months ago | reply

      Thanks Guys!
      It was the annual lighting of the lighthouse and hence flocked with photogs :-D

    12. CAGW 53 months ago | reply

      Spectacular composition!

    13. nitin.hopeindia 52 months ago | reply

      stunning!! how r u doing? how is the little one?

    14. JaveFoto 52 months ago | reply

      Nice work on this one, I was here also and what show it was:) Jave

    15. odin's_raven 52 months ago | reply

      just awesome love it

    16. SumanthN 51 months ago | reply

      surprised that it didn't burn out at 250s! Nice shot. Great streaks of light from the tower

    17. odin's_raven 50 months ago | reply

      this is an awesome shot

    18. (Old Man) 48 months ago | reply

      Stunning, Awesome, WOW... am running short of words

    19. b80399 46 months ago | reply

      Great Picture! Amazing~~

    20. Joevimalraj 28 months ago | reply

      a treat to watch and tnx for the valuable info

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