"Dawn at Pigeon Point" - Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero, California

Pigeon Point is one of my favorite lighthouses to photograph on the west coast. It is located just south of Pescadero, California on a rocky promontory that juts into the Pacific Ocean. The point is named for the Passenger Pigeon, which ran aground on these rocks more than 125 years ago, prompting the establishment of the lighthouse. This photograph was shot at dawn in November 2000. Dawn photo of west coast lights are difficult to pull off. This image was shot from another spit of land jutting westwrd nearly as far as the point the lighthouse stands atop, letting me photograph across the water toward the southeast to pick up the warm colors of the approaching sunrise. The print is approximately 11.5 x 17.4 inches and is double matted approximately as shown. The print is framed in a simple black metal bevel frame using conservation clear glass.

Technical details - normally, the surf in the foreground would be severely under exposed. To balance the exposure and show foreground detail, a 2 stop graduated neutral density filter was used to balance the exposure between the sky and the foreround surf.

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