Heceta Head Lighthouse

I struggle with how to capture lighthouses from different points of view. The most beautiful seem to be from the air but that isn’t an option for me. We visited the Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon coast and there I was able to find a different “point of view” by shooting the top of the tower through the trees and grass.

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I captured this impressive lens by climbing up a very steep path behind the lighthouse until I was at eye level with the lens. The light is now produced by a 1,000-watt quartz bulb equivalent to 2.5 million candle power with the visibility of the beam limited only by the curvature of the earth. When it was first lit in 1894, the light was a 5-wick kerosene lamp. The light is amplified by a 392-prism, first-order Fresnel lens and the kerosene light equaled 80,000 candle power.

Sometime an unusual “point of view” needs more conventional points of view in order to give context. The 56-foot high lighthouse is perched 206 feet above the Pacific and is the brightest beacon on the Oregon coast.

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The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is to photograph something from a different point of view. You can see more interpretations of this challenge by visiting  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/unusual/

 

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