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Heceta Lighthouse

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 12 February 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A note about yesterday's photograph. Some people thought that a sepia tone was added. Actually the tonality is exactly what was captured by the camera. The light was incredible.

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun
is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if
there is a light from within."

-- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

NIKON D80 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

This is quite simply a beautiful shot, the color, the bay with rolling waves, the cliff and lighthouse.... marvelous scene.

12 Feb 2009 5:04am

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Splendid shot. Cant differenciate between the sea and sky at horizon. Lovely

12 Feb 2009 5:11am

rem_la from Villiers, France

belle carte postale !

12 Feb 2009 5:49am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

The sepia tone gives this image a very vintage look. Quite a spectacular image. Well done.

12 Feb 2009 5:51am

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Oh me goodness what a peaceful photograph. Lovely.

12 Feb 2009 5:51am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

I love the wavy lines of the breaking waves leading into the image....a splendid piece of work!!!

12 Feb 2009 5:55am

@Linerberry: Thank you. The waves are my favorite part of the photograph.

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

cette photo est un régal ........................ superbe ! ***********************

12 Feb 2009 5:55am

Véronique from France

Beautifull confusion of the sea and the sky, the rocks which get loose very well from the background give me the impression to be in a model. A very attractive movement in waves.

12 Feb 2009 5:56am

shroom from DFW, United States

That's very nice. End-of-the-line feel to it.

12 Feb 2009 6:08am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Seul au bout de cette pointe.... pour guider le marin dans la tempête...
j'aime les phares. Joli traitement

12 Feb 2009 6:30am

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

An absolute jewel, beautifully observed Jack. The movement in those cresting waves as they break over the shoreline, and the majesty of the rocks. Stunning

12 Feb 2009 6:34am

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thanks, Paul; it's the one scene on our trip that was much better in B&W, especially for the waves.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Another gorgeous capture, Jack. I'm really jealous of your time on the coast. You've come back with some really wonderful shots for your portfolio.

12 Feb 2009 6:36am

@Toni: It was an incredible 20 hrs., Toni.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Marvelous. This is excellent.

12 Feb 2009 6:39am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

What place is this? I'm going to book a holiday!! Well done Jack!!

12 Feb 2009 7:20am

Joan Mercadal García from Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain

Hello, Jack.
Nice composition and light.
Well done !!

12 Feb 2009 7:26am

10Fraction from Rennes, France

Thanks for commenting me, I discover your wonderfull worl passion and work and must say enjoy it very much.I leave you hereafter the url of my primary photoblog were I publish the most.

The composition here is very beautifull and you had a great light also, congratulations

12 Feb 2009 7:47am

@10Fraction: I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your work on your blog. From the number of comments you get, you obviously are a highly respected photographer.

Riccardo from - Giovinazzo -, Italy

Nice shot! I very like this type of landscape! Nice composition Jack!

12 Feb 2009 8:01am

star_cosmos_bleu/marcel lemieux from Canada

An excellent capture my friend...the scene is so beautiful....great the tones...lots going on,waves.. lighthouse..and an endless mysterious view in the horizon...superb

12 Feb 2009 8:29am

zahai from Berlin, Germany

beautiful scenery, and the capture of the sea is awesome. How did it look in color, though? (in my opinion, the sepia doesn't work so great with this scene, as it gives an old, stiff feel, while the sea is alive and moving)
Love the clarity of the middle ground.

12 Feb 2009 8:56am

eddy from tehran, Iran

very good, I love the mood

12 Feb 2009 8:56am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful spot, I love the soft colortoning and the composition is perfect.

12 Feb 2009 8:58am

Mathilde from Paris, France

Juste un phare perdu au bout du monde! Belle photographie! superbement traitée!

12 Feb 2009 9:02am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Love this treatment

12 Feb 2009 9:17am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

des tons doux pour une côte déchiquetée et une mer houleuse, une photo toute en nuances avec son phare accrochée à la falaise.. c'est beau John, merci.

12 Feb 2009 9:39am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

wow,this is an excellent shot with lovely treatments...bravo...i really love this fantastic and wonderful shot ;)

12 Feb 2009 9:40am

Ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Another beautiful photo from you! Nice composition! The lighthouse looks so small, like a model:)

12 Feb 2009 10:00am

k@ from Paris, France

Wooonderful atmospheric and moody shot, I love the hint of pink in that sepia, it's just a marvel of an image !

12 Feb 2009 10:07am

Llorenç from Salt, Spain

Bonita imagen . Felicidades...

12 Feb 2009 10:20am

zOOm from Paris, France

Nice seascape. Timeless.

12 Feb 2009 10:27am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellente photo! Un cadrage superbe et une lumière extra! Très belle composition!

12 Feb 2009 11:11am

Ajay from Pune, India

Holy Moly!!!! Does a place like that actually exists? Looks like a miniature is created. But then the enormousness of the sea is just opposite to the smallness of the light house. One can't have a shot like that everyday. Way too cool, Jack!!! Congratulations.

12 Feb 2009 11:27am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

I am such a huge fan of lighthouses. This is a wonderful example. Excellent work.

12 Feb 2009 11:32am

@Laurie: Thanks, Laurie. If we had not moved last September, we would have been volunteer caretakers of the Dungeness Lighthouse for a week last December (people pay to do this!). There are some magnificent lighthouses on the Oregon Coast; you would have a field day!

Helma from Tehran, Iran

Great captured and wonderful shot with nice colors mode !
excellent work !

12 Feb 2009 11:43am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Fantastic shot, Jack. I love the mood it evokes. And, as Toni said, I'm quite envious of all the time you get to spend along the coast. Lovely quote as well.

12 Feb 2009 11:48am

Didier from somewhere, France

Beautiful photograph and beautiful treatement

12 Feb 2009 12:22pm

Thomas from Bangalore, India

Exceptional photography with compositions that standout. Enjoyed browsing through your archives

12 Feb 2009 12:35pm

@Thomas: Thank you, Thomas. I checked out your blog. Those are magnificent elephant shots. The ones with the mother and baby are incredible!!!

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

nice composition Jack ! the lighthouse looks so small on the top of the cliff ! love the soft tones too !

12 Feb 2009 12:46pm

@Anna.C: Thanks, Anna. It was taken at some distance away with a 70-300mm and a 1.4 teleconverter.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Very beautiful!

12 Feb 2009 12:59pm

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Absolutely magnificent, Jack ... the breaking waves, the delicate light, the superb composition all combine to thrill the senses in this outstanding image. This is a real treasure, Jack. Did you use Silver Efex Pro in your processing?

12 Feb 2009 1:06pm

@Ron: Thanks, Ron. Yep, that's a Silver Efex Pro rendition; I started with one of their presets and made a few modifications within the plug-in.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Oh, so beautiful! Your vantage point and tones add to this moody and beautiful shot.

12 Feb 2009 1:25pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great light and processing. I really like the way the sky and the ocean become one. well done.

12 Feb 2009 1:44pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Proof living on the edge can provide incredible views.
Outstanding capture of this magnificent scene.
I was not aware of the possibility to be a caretaker, either by volunteering or for fee.
It would be the ultimate experience to be for a period of time.

12 Feb 2009 2:10pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barbara. There is a 2 year waiting list; it is very, very popular. The lighthouse is at the end of the Dungeness Spit; it's a marvelous 5 mi. walk (but they take volunteers out with supplies in an SUV).

Mobius Faith from Akron, Ohio,, United States

Great quote! Also this image is really amazing. It's as if the lighthouse itself is suspended.

12 Feb 2009 3:10pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

I like a lot the gry/brown tones of color you have achieved. On the other hand the composition is fantastic and the sea close up awesome!!

12 Feb 2009 3:34pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

(I knew yesterday's wasn't sepia :-)
I adore this image too. Heceta is in Oregon isn't it? I ADORE the tones in this and especially think that using the portrait orientation over landscape orientation is perfect for this. The distinct rollers the softness of the background and horizon line all combine with the clarity of the lighthouse to create an incredibly well done image.

12 Feb 2009 4:36pm

@Diane Schuller: Thanks, Diane. (I wasn't referring to you about the sepia.) On today's photo, following an appointment in Eugene, we went west to the Coast and then north to Yachats. This was taken at some distance from a bluff above Sea Lions Cave. If we had not taken the route that we did, we would have missed it. Another tidbit. I have ridden a bicycle south down the Oregon Coast and never seen this lighthouse; you don't see it from that direction. Thus the tried and true teaching, always look around when photographing; often the best shot is behind you.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is perfect in every respect. I love it.

12 Feb 2009 5:08pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Looks like a 100 years old photo... a very beautiful vintage look... the composition with the waves is magnificent... I agree with Ron.

12 Feb 2009 5:36pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

the building looks like a toy in this wonderful landscape

12 Feb 2009 5:39pm

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

You can be realy proud of this one,the sea just melts into the sky.A1 shot.

12 Feb 2009 6:23pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

Wow! I can almost hear the waves crashing. It's breath-taking. =)

12 Feb 2009 6:53pm

missparis from France

Très bon choix pour le sépia

12 Feb 2009 7:31pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

i'm confused : ] yesterdays looked right, today's looks a sepia. best...jerry

12 Feb 2009 7:51pm

@ordinaryimages: You've got it exactly right, Jerry!

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

mmmmmmmmmmh ... well done

12 Feb 2009 8:06pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand


12 Feb 2009 8:07pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The sepia tone expresses the atmosphere so well.

12 Feb 2009 8:51pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

excellent sepia landscape

12 Feb 2009 9:44pm

marianne from France

c'est sublime !!! traitement magnifique !

13 Feb 2009 12:06am

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

Just a classic shot!

13 Feb 2009 1:00am

@Christopher: Thank you, Christopher. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your work on your blog. Surely do wish that you would join aminus3; it would be a delight to see a daily post from you.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Wonderful!!!! Where is this? Your image truly captures the loneliness of the lighthouse - out alone against the elements.

13 Feb 2009 1:41am

@willow: Thanks, Willow. It's on the Central Oregon Coast.

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Great composition!

13 Feb 2009 2:04am

Taitt Photography from Chicago, United States

very beautiful,the composition is breathtaking.

13 Feb 2009 2:53am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

wow 5 stars love this, especially how the waves lead the eyes to the lighthouse

13 Feb 2009 3:48am

Denise from Perry, United States

This is wonderful, the perspective almost make the lighthouse appear like a miniature version. The wave capture also is great.

13 Feb 2009 10:46am

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Great atmosphere with a perfect processing.

13 Feb 2009 2:10pm

Kyle from Manhattan KS, United States

Wonderfully sharp. I like the way it's bottom heavy - the hazy background really brings out the mountain and wave.

13 Feb 2009 2:10pm

Bertrand Duhamel from Granby, Canada

Spectacular shot ! I like very much your composition and the treatment you've made.

15 Feb 2009 1:30am

Yvon from France

beautiful shot
very nice photo in black and white

15 Feb 2009 8:53am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

a wonderful find

15 Feb 2009 9:46pm

@shallowregret: I've heard that it is the most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast.

Darin from Seattle, United States

Very nice job! How do you keep up with so many comments? :-)

16 Feb 2009 7:12am

baobab from Cambridge, United States

the lighthouse seems impossibly small, guarding giant rocks. I really like the patterns and texture of the water - it seems as though you have somehow managed to photograph in an Asian brush calligraphy style :)

16 Feb 2009 7:34pm

@baobab: What a nice thought! Thank you.

drum from carcavelos, Portugal

very nice tone in a great landscape

16 Feb 2009 8:06pm

@drum: Thank you.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Good heavens, I had to scroll to 'China' to get to the comment screen! :D

It's no wonder with this gorgeous shot of Haceta Light ... we saw it in 1999 on a misty morning.
I love Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' quote - very fitting for the photo and for all of us! ♥

28 Feb 2009 4:09pm

@Judy: This is the most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. For this particular shot, I was testing out using my 70-300mm zoom in combination with a Kenko 1.4 teleconverter. When I blew the rocks way up, I was amazed at the detail. It's the one shot from our Coast trip earlier this month that is in my estimation definitely better in B&W.