Pigeon Point Anniversary Lighting

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    Once a year, Pigeon Point Lighthouse turns off the fake lighthouse light (an airplane beacon) and turns on the real Fresnel lens for two hours to celebrate the anniversary of the original lighting over 140 years ago.

    For the first five minutes, they hold the lens stationary so that all the photographers "can take their digital masterpieces before processing them on the computer in PhotoShop" (so said the announcer). After the first five minutes, they let the lens rotate at its normal speed.

    This is exactly what it looked like during the first five minutes. No star-effect filter, and no PhotoShop tricks. I never realized that a real lighthouse light was actually a collection of multiple beams. This was necessary because they couldn't make the huge lenses rotate very fast with the old machinery.

    Despite my heroic efforts to bracket adequately within the five minute window, this shot was underexposed, so it's a bit grainy.

    For suggestions about how to photograph Pigeon Point, take a look at the California page of the Free Photo Guide website.

    fetching, deegolden, wirehead, and 249 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. *~Abby Road~* [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

      wow thats really bright

    2. luv2run 85 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!

    3. petalouda62 78 months ago | reply

      wow! beautiful
      must have been great being there!

    4. petalouda62 78 months ago | reply

      are you going again this year?

    5. deegolden 78 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Noel Kerns 78 months ago | reply

      Unbelievable...can't believe I hadn't seen this until now!

    7. LukeOlsen 78 months ago | reply

      Awesome. Your right about the clouds. Love those beams.

    8. tsallam 78 months ago | reply

      Yep, this is spectacular. But I liked our evening the other night too. Hope to see you next full moon!

    9. Brudaddy 78 months ago | reply

      Cool shot.
      How long of an exposure?

    10. Andy Frazer 78 months ago | reply

      Brudaddy: This was two minutes.

    11. Scootville 78 months ago | reply

      yep yep yep, great.

    12. Emma Paperclip 77 months ago | reply

      Great photograph, this is our favorite lighthouse, we visit it frequently.

    13. A Garazo / Ninakupenda images 76 months ago | reply

      This Amazing Work deserves an I.Q. Award!

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    14. KellyBear1 74 months ago | reply

      Wow - awesome shot....

    15. Steve @ the alligator farm 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Watchtower, Admin Invite only, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      A Brilliant Image

      Posted in The Watchtower , admin invite
      Towers and Lights in reality and imagination

    16. dan/fromtas 64 months ago | reply

      Always wondered how people got that effect.

    17. ~ Marjolein ~ 52 months ago | reply

      We used your beautiful shot on the Photocrave.net photoblog 12 beautiful lighthouses of the world. Thanks for sharing!

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