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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 5 July 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast with a tower 93 feet (28.3 meters) tall. The light was first illuminated in 1873. It was automated in 1966 and burns a 1,000 watt electric bulb. The original first-order Fresnel lens, made in France, is still in place focusing the light into a powerful beam.

A note about Fresnel lens orders. The lighthouse lenses originally fell into six orders or sizes. A fully assembled first-order lens is about 12 feet (3.7 meters) tall and 6 feet (1.8 meters) wide. A sixth-order lens would be about 17 inches (43.2 cm) tall. It seems that many of these coastal lenses are first-order allowing their beams to be seen far out to sea. The limiting factor becomes the curvature of the Earth. An interesting video describing how a Fresnel lens works is here.

Part of the Oregon Coast series.

Dulcie from Danville, United States

This is a handsome photo. It's a lovely scene. You've done this lighthouse justice.

5 Jul 2009 5:15am

Martine from Brest, France

J'adore les phares. Evidemment, en Bretagne, nous en avons beaucoup...

5 Jul 2009 6:18am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic photo and sharp details, I like very much this lighthouse and also the details about it. Thanks for the video!
Have a good sunday!

5 Jul 2009 6:48am

beanow from Warsaw, Poland

Beautiful scene - full calms and nice atmosphere.

5 Jul 2009 7:13am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the little house, cool shot!

5 Jul 2009 7:33am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

What a fine shot. Such dignity.

5 Jul 2009 9:12am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Very nice shot !!! great job !!!!

5 Jul 2009 9:27am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Impressive lighthouse

5 Jul 2009 9:53am

Aurore from Paris, France

I love lighthouse. This one's really nice. Great shot !!

5 Jul 2009 10:56am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

This could be somewhere on Britain's west coast....which I find fascinating! Great shot.

5 Jul 2009 11:31am

Don from spokane, United States

This is a fine shot of this famous lighthouse. The birds sailing around give it a sense of life that is good.
The fresnel lens is an interesting subject too.

5 Jul 2009 1:59pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

Love the crispness of this, and the centred composition. Super simplicity.

5 Jul 2009 2:10pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful lighthouse beautiful image

5 Jul 2009 2:14pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

I love lighthouses. And this is one I actually saw and climbed! (Many years ago) Beautiful, sharp composition.

5 Jul 2009 2:26pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Beautiful details in this sharp picture . Great composition, plus this couple and birds that add even more to this photograph.

5 Jul 2009 4:03pm

Manola from Bassens, France

j' aime beaucoup les là le cadrage est parfait: ce cile, ces oiseaux: extra pour rêver d'un autre lieu!!!

5 Jul 2009 4:09pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific capture and composition. The sky creates the feeling of a watercolor painting.

5 Jul 2009 5:09pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Nice. With a good light.

5 Jul 2009 6:05pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

near perfection in this image: the composition, exposure, the added life that includes the people and the gulls. Great shot ... I could imagine this one on the wall of my office.

5 Jul 2009 6:05pm

micke bergling from Sweden

Great light here ... like also the angle. A great work...

5 Jul 2009 9:14pm

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Nice simply framed shot, cool colours

5 Jul 2009 9:23pm

Xavier from Troyes, France

Wonderful lighthouse and you did it with a great talent !

5 Jul 2009 9:30pm

XaviH from Badalona (almost Barcelona), Spain

Very nice composition Steve, I like also the contrast between the colours of the sky and the land. Regards!

5 Jul 2009 10:14pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

All around great stuff. Beautiful.

6 Jul 2009 12:51am

Diana from Olympia, United States

nice view, crisp detail

6 Jul 2009 2:18am

Tammy-Cricket from somewhere out there, United States

Look at this beautiful sky. Very beautiful picture.

6 Jul 2009 4:20am

Irene from Les Coteaux, France

Absolutely beautiful ! I love this picture !

6 Jul 2009 5:18am

Terry H. from Azle Texas, United States

Wonderful classic light house shot. Love the birds flying. I've got a couple shot of this light house posted as well. I did not know anything about it, just took some pictures on a trip we took several years ago.

6 Jul 2009 2:04pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


6 Jul 2009 2:18pm

JamesC from portland, United States

Very handsome looking lighthouse.

6 Jul 2009 3:17pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Charming! I do so love lighthouses!

6 Jul 2009 10:40pm

peter from new york, United States

a beautiful shot man!

7 Jul 2009 1:46am

dan from kenmare, United States

so neat & tidy.

7 Jul 2009 1:21pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Simply love this one with the brown grass in the foreground and the birds approaching...lovely!

8 Jul 2009 5:48pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

A lovely place... The lighthouse is very beautiful and well maintained.
2 persons and 2 birds... lol...

8 Jul 2009 7:55pm

Hjulbentamannen from Eskilstuna, Sweden

Nice picture

5 Aug 2009 8:11pm