Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California, USA by Miles Morgan

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Almost a decade ago, in a wonderful nod to the past, the Pigeon Point lighthouse in California changed out of the modern light and brought the old Fresnel lens back for a few hours once a year. Better still, they would freeze it for five minutes just for us photographers so that we could attempt to capture the beams.

It was a bit of a scramble, trying to figure out the best settings to use, as it was totally trial and error. At around 30 seconds per exposure, you don't get too many opportunities to get it right. On this particular evening, a wonderful sunset gave way to a sky full of stars - which is certainly not a given on the often foggy Northern California coast. I had a great time meeting some fun people, and witnessing a really neat event.

Sadly, this shot marked the end of the lighting of the old lens due to a lack of funding. I'm extremely grateful to have had the experience to make this image.


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