Posted October 16, 2009

Heceta Head light

Heceta Head light

Heceta Head Lighthouse, on US101 just north of Florence, Oregon, has got to be one of the most photographed lighthouses on the planet (not to mention that lighthouses as a group have to be among the most overphotographed of human artifacts, which I enjoy taking pictures of regardless). But I think this view is different from the ones you usually see.

We visited Heceta Head on a family vacation to the Oregon coast in August, 1997. On the lighthouse tour the guide offered us a peek up through an access hatch into the interior of the lens assembly. The hatch was small and people were waiting behind me for their turn to look, so I only had a chance for one shot, blindly poking the camera one handed up into the opening. Call it a win for dumb luck.

Taken with a Minolta XG-M and the 50mm f1.7 lens on Ektachrome 400, scanned on a Polaroid SprintScan 35+, then cleaned up, very slightly color corrected, and cropped in Photoshop 7.

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