Pigeon Point's 24 Points of Light

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© Matt Granz
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Photo Info
UploadedNovember 15, 2010
TakenNovember 14, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure73 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length12 mm
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Two years ago in early November I bought my current and first DSLR camera. I had not done any night shooting prior to my coming to the annual lighting of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse’s Fresnel Lens. I was a nervous wreck trying to get set up, and a fellow photographer even attempted to sabotage me by telling me to do things that made my shots worse.

I came away that evening with a decent shot, but because I used a high ISO a very grainy shot. Well, it’s been two years and they re-lit the lens tonight and I was able to try getting that shot one more time.

I met some wonderful people and got to hang with my friend Paul and even saw another flickr contact I haven’t seen in a while. The lens will not be lit again for another two to four years, so I guess this one will have to be it for a while.

Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: 73 Seconds
Aperture: f/4.5
Focus: 12 mm
ISO Speed: 100

62 responses

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) said (15 Nov 2010):

    It came out great

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (15 Nov 2010):


  • manoj kumar

    manoj kumar gave props (15 Nov 2010):


  • Jason Webster

    Jason Webster gave props (15 Nov 2010):

    the light rays are very cool.

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle gave props (15 Nov 2010):

    Like a Beautiful Dream!!!

  • Jens Kornacker

    Jens Kornacker gave props (15 Nov 2010):


  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (15 Nov 2010):

    This is a great shot!! Beautiful!!

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    Pretty remarkable shot.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (16 Nov 2010):


  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (16 Nov 2010):

    Wonderful image

  • Niko Vujevic

    Niko Vujevic said (27 Nov 2010):

    You got a spectacular shot. I stayed there a couple of years ago and I remembered this place being so windy. Never managed to get this far out from the hostel...

  • Niko Vujevic

    Niko Vujevic gave props (27 Nov 2010):

    Good job!

  • Silvano Ahel

    Silvano Ahel gave props (12 Dec 2010):

    great photo, very nice gallery

  • Christian Buecker

    Christian Buecker said (16 Dec 2010):

    it's a fake isn't it? Can't believe it!

  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (16 Dec 2010):


  • stuart page

    stuart page gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    Awesome shot.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (18 Dec 2010):

    a gorgeous capture -- beautifully done.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    i love this!

  • mark yugawa

    mark yugawa   gave props (22 Dec 2010):

    this is fabulous indeed, another awesome night shot matt

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (22 Dec 2010):

    Awesome photo!

  • Laura Brown

    Laura Brown gave props (22 Dec 2010):

    Fantastic Shot!

  • Michael Fuchs

    Michael Fuchs gave props (22 Dec 2010):

    This is a very beautiful photograph. I’m glad you were persistent and went back.

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (22 Dec 2010):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    This is fabulous!!!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    Great shot!!!

  • Jon Scally

    Jon Scally said (23 Dec 2010):

    Beautiful capture

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (23 Dec 2010):

    An incredible image. Wonderful colors, composition, and lighting. Your work is outstanding...

  • Celina Ortelli

    Celina Ortelli gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    wow! beautiful!

  • Roberto Larrazolo

    Roberto Larrazolo gave props (24 Dec 2010):

    SO COOL!

  • Donna Weston

    Donna Weston gave props (24 Dec 2010):

    Beautiful shot!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) said (25 Dec 2010):

    This image really fits the definition of awesome! I have been to this lighthouse many times but only during the day. It is extremely well done-Bravo

  • JD Braxton

    JD Braxton gave props (26 Dec 2010):

    very nice. i think you came away with the better shot this time around. patience pays and good things come to those who wait.

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (26 Dec 2010):

    Fantabulous photo! I agree with Julian your patience made off.

  • Rose Jones

    Rose Jones said (27 Dec 2010):

    Well - you captured it this time - fantastic - so clear and bright and beautiful - wonderful work.

  • Denise Regan

    Denise Regan said (29 Dec 2010):

    Well done!! 73 seconds...wow!!

  • Hunaid H

    Hunaid H gave props (30 Dec 2010):

    Great job Matt, the cold soggy and endless wait for the 15 minutes along with competition for space, was still worth the wait

  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) said (30 Dec 2010):


  • Bill Bungard

    Bill Bungard said (31 Dec 2010):

    I just shot some light houses the past few months. I want to throw mine away now. :-)
    Fantastic job. I too have run into some folks trying to take me down the wrong path.

  • Jesse Edsell-Vetter

    Jesse Edsell-Vetter gave props (3 Jan 2011):

    The composition is perfect as is the exposure!

  • rahul koli

    rahul koli gave props (10 Jan 2011):

    realy fabulous

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (16 Jan 2011):

    Incredible capture! Totally awesome shot!

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (3 Feb 2011):

    väga hea

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (13 Jan 2012):

    by the looks of this shoot you got it right

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    jaw dropper..speechless..

  • Jules Healy

    Jules Healy said (24 Feb 2012):

    Sheer brilliance!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (24 Feb 2012):

    most excellent

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (27 Feb 2012):

    I think you nailed it. Awesome.

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (29 Feb 2012):

    Extraordinary image! Very beautiful!

  • E1 Wall-Cough

    E1 Wall-Cough said (17 Mar 2012):


  • Brett Erickson

    Brett Erickson gave props (19 Mar 2012):

    Simply fantastic. Nice work.

  • Kara Sutherland

    Kara Sutherland gave props (21 Mar 2012):


  • Rachelle Crockett

    Rachelle Crockett gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    I can't believe a fellow photographer would do that :-/ Karma will get to him/her one day... .... I'm so glad you got another chance to take this shot because it is MAGNIFICENT!!!! One of the most unique and gorgeous images I have EVER seen! Belongs on the wall of a freaking mansion, no joke! This is an amazing piece of art!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Just outstanding and voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (5 Apr 2012):

    I drove down the coast with my son and stopped to take a few shots of this amazing lighthouse. I don't think I've ever seen a better lighthouse shot than this one.

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (30 Apr 2012):

    got my vote!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (5 May 2012):


  • bagrat

    bagrat gave props (9 May 2012):

    This is a very good photo, but it would be outstanding if you cropped off some of the foreground to just below the creek on the left. Well done!

  • Carol Dandrade

    Carol Dandrade gave props (10 May 2012):

    Well worth the wait!

  • Stephen McKenna

    Stephen McKenna gave props (10 May 2012):

    This is gorgeous

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (5 Mar 2015):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Mar 2015):

    really fab...

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