Point Sur Lighthouse

Marty CohenArchitecture, B+W, Big Sur, Point Sur6 Comments

Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse at the Point Sur Lightstation in Big Sur

We recently did a walking tour of the Point Sur Lightstation in Big Sur guided by Kathryn, a docent and good friend of Cathleen’s cousin, who explained the history of the Lightsation, which is celebrating 125 years this year. The Point Sur Lighthouse brochure describes it: “Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean from the spectacular Big Sur Coast, the Point Sur Lightstation stands as a silent sentinel to a by-gone era. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the-Twentieth Century lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.”

We climbed to the upper section of the lighthouse and walked around it on the catwalk. The wind up there was dramatically strong. We also walked over to and into several really interesting buildings at the station. I’ll be posting more images from the lighthouse and other structures, as well as of the ocean, over the next few weeks.

This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 6D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS lens, 1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 200 captured on a Lexar 400x SDXC UHS-1 memory card.

6 Comments on “Point Sur Lighthouse”

  1. I love the black and white for this image; it heightens how old the structure is and makes it feel more like from another time.

  2. I love this photo, Marty. You have captured the shadow detail under the eaves and under the stairwell perfectly in my opinion (I love shadow detail). One suggestion. Can you whiten up the the stairway the brighter vertical lines along the glass of the beacon housing? That might add a little more punch.

    1. Hi Jim… Thank you for your suggestions. I love your black and white photography and value your comments and thoughts on my work. In fact, I had just been thinking of asking you to do that. As for this image, I’ll try your suggestions. I actually had darkened the stairway a bit because I thought it drew the eye too much to it, but I’ll try lightening it again. I especially want to try lightening the vertical lines on the edges of the glass in the beacon housing.

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