Point Sur Lighthouse, Midday, Monochrome

ISO100, 116mm, f/11, 1/250 sec
Big Sur, CA

While most people spent Christmas Eve furiously shopping and wrapping gifts, someone was out hiking amongst coastal redwoods and snapping photographs along Big Sur.  Who?  Me.

(Click through the photo for the usual 700px view)

Between the famous Bixby Creek Bridge (photos HERE and HERE) and the actual town of Big Sur stands the volcanic rock known as Point Sur.  Point Sur is an island that is connected to the mainland by a sand bar known as tombolo, rare on the west coast of the United States.  Built in 1889, the lighthouse is 361 above sea level and the kerosene-burning light powering the Fresnel lens was maintained by 4 on-site lightkeepers until replacement by an automated light in 1975.

Point Sur is also the last remaining Naval defensive listening station on the West Coast installed to track the movements of Soviet submarines.

As a technical sidenote, out of 15 shots taken at this location, it was not until the 9th shot that I realized my ISO was set at 400.  I had quickly flipped the ISO from 100 to 400 while earlier on a hike and never set it back.  This meant that a series of photographs taken on the hike are a little grainier than I would like.  Once again, always check your settings before shooting.

And if you are expecting a Christmas gift this year, keep expecting.  Part of the money I would have spent on you went towards the $50 on gas to get to and from Big Sur.  So this photograph, and a few more to come, are your virtual gifts.  At least I made some effort in purchasing all the gifts required for all of this year’s white elephant Christmas parties I am going to!

More of this year’s Big Sur-area photographs:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, patterned metering mode, 116mm, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/11

Point Sur Lighthouse, Midday, Monochrome.  Big Sur, California. December 24, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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