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Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 13 August 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Commissioned in 1870, this is the oldest standing lighthouse in Oregon. It's also the most westerly and has the highest focal plane above the sea of 256 feet (78 meters). It also had Oregon's first female lighthouse keeper, Mabel E. Bretherton who took up her duties in March 1903. The conical tower is 59 feet (18 meters) tall.

The original Fresnel lens was a first order non rotating type that provided a steady beam. Sometime after 1911, the signal was changed to a flashing light. So, when the light was electrified in 1936, a new rotating Fresnel lens was installed. It is smaller than a first order but larger than a second order lens. That lens is still in operation.

Part of the Oregon Coast series.

PATRICK from miramas, France

superb capture

13 Aug 2009 5:19am

beanow from Warsaw, Poland

Simple, clean and elegant capture!

13 Aug 2009 6:31am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I live these photos of your lighthouses, what a collection and what a beauty!
Thanks also for the history of each one.

13 Aug 2009 6:54am

Aurore from Paris, France

You have such great smooth colors... A pleasure to watch your photo this morning. Thks Steve.

13 Aug 2009 7:04am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I agree with Paco, nice collection of lighthouses shots. Light and colors are so pleasant.
By-By Steve & see you again on the end of august.

13 Aug 2009 7:25am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful shot, it is like a dream place..

13 Aug 2009 8:10am

zOOm from Paris, France

Again, it must be so enjoyable to have the possibility to live in such place !

13 Aug 2009 8:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Such a classic composition . . all the more beautiful for that.

13 Aug 2009 9:03am

mo.langel from ., Switzerland

Superb capture! Beautiful colors and light!

13 Aug 2009 9:48am

Kiki from Ambert, Puy de Dôme, France

Beautiful lighthouse and interesting history !

13 Aug 2009 10:22am

Alex from Barcelona, Spain

Que faro mas bonito!!! Los colores me encantan!!!

13 Aug 2009 11:56am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

what a nice series ! I love lighthouses

13 Aug 2009 12:24pm

dan from Myanmar

classic looking lighthouse.

13 Aug 2009 12:56pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful , elegant composition !

13 Aug 2009 1:49pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Your lighthouses series is really nice... this one is clean and well maintained.

13 Aug 2009 3:14pm

Don from spokane, United States

A fine presentation of this famous lighthouse. Nice composition and processing. Fine, natural looking colors.

13 Aug 2009 3:23pm

peter from new york, United States

another great shot and the lens vignetting works well here

13 Aug 2009 6:08pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice shot and good composition :)

13 Aug 2009 6:33pm

Mags from Paris, France

Nice picture and processing :)

13 Aug 2009 6:48pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful compo, light and colors !

13 Aug 2009 7:20pm

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Love the blue sky, great composition!

13 Aug 2009 7:58pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous shot Steve. What a beautiful composition and stunning colour.
Your processing is perfect.

13 Aug 2009 8:16pm

k@ from Paris, France

Like a tiny sister stuck to big Bro*

13 Aug 2009 10:32pm

Richard Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

I really appreciate the work you have done on this, subtle, but intelligently delivered, a cracking shot.

13 Aug 2009 11:15pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful simple and clean photo. Well done. Did you "Photoshop" something out of the bottom corners? Wonderful series and interesting info too.

14 Aug 2009 12:47am

@B. Thomas: No. I just thought the composition held together a little better with the vignette.

Esther K ~ from Kota Kinabalu, SABAH, Malaysian Borneo., Malaysia

Beautiful composition, Steve! Love the soft vignette!

14 Aug 2009 1:42pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Wonderful clarity and composition, Steve!

14 Aug 2009 3:54pm

marianne from Toulouse, France

Love colors and the light !!!

14 Aug 2009 7:56pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Wow, that's cool. The oldest standing lighthouse! I like how you framed this photo with a gradient- like going back in time.

15 Aug 2009 3:51am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice shot. An amaizing and perfect postal

15 Aug 2009 9:40pm

Diana from United States

perfect postcard

16 Aug 2009 7:17pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful view

17 Aug 2009 4:42am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent image and building

18 Aug 2009 3:58pm