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Coastal Guardian



Pigeon Point Lighthouse north of Santa Cruz, California is no longer in service, but still stands as a picturesque reminder of days long ago when its beacon war...
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse north of Santa Cruz, California is no longer in service, but still stands as a picturesque reminder of days long ago when its beacon warned sailors of the rocky hazards along the coast. As summer approaches, ice plant drapes brilliant colored blooms along the embankments.
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chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman May 06, 2016
This is gorgeous Nina.
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman May 06, 2016
This is wonderful...the clouds..the water...the lighthouse...perfection AND the color. WOW WOW. WOW
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 May 06, 2016
WOW WOW WOWZA... Nina this is amazing!! ツ
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi May 06, 2016
Wonderful capture. Love all the textures and colors. You have the rule of 1/3,POV and subject nailed. Congrats this is another winner.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 06, 2016
Ditto! Wow! Superb edit. Great colors and details, and the clouds are very cool!
heavenlyraine
 
heavenlyraine May 06, 2016
Very picturesque! Just beautiful!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer May 07, 2016
beautiful colors, clouds, sharpness, composition
leslie57
 
leslie57 May 07, 2016
excellent...love the clouds and details
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold May 08, 2016
everytime you take a shot of this lighthouse - it turnes out as a masterpiece!! Very beautiful!!!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 May 12, 2016
This is amazing Nina. So beautiful! Beautiful composition!
mihrt
 
mihrt May 12, 2016
wow what a fabulous capture. The detail, colour in the landscape, the view to the Ocean, and that sky!! and the lighthouse, man, this is so beautiful!
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK May 13, 2016
Awesome! Are those flowers at the edge of the rocks?
Johnny_G_Photography
 
Johnny_G_Photography May 13, 2016
Truly stunning! Love it :-)
ritafayeadams PRO
 
ritafayeadams May 14, 2016
Fabulous!
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha May 14, 2016
Best photo ever of this lighthouse. Was this recent?
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography May 16, 2016
Beautiful image!
adavies PRO
 
adavies May 21, 2016
Gorgeous! Great job on the clouds! :)
Flosno
 
Flosno May 22, 2016
Superbly composed
NanaSue54 PRO
 
NanaSue54 May 23, 2016
Beyond beautiful !!!!! :)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 24, 2016
Gorgeous !
mihrt
 
mihrt May 24, 2016
Voted Battle of The Amateurs!!
Roussou
 
Roussou May 25, 2016
Beautiful
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz May 26, 2016
Wow ... stunning ... love it!
roksanabunar
 
roksanabunar May 29, 2016
I love this placce
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka May 29, 2016
Wonderful landscape and well captured.
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka May 29, 2016
Voted, good luck.
erickgarza Premium
 
erickgarza May 31, 2016
Truly amazing!!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 June 14, 2016
Voted Image of the Month
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 June 14, 2016
Stunning capture of the lighthouse!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita June 14, 2016
yay...Contest Finalist....congrats to you! xoxoxo
Dparmiter
 
Dparmiter June 15, 2016
Big-time WOW factor on this piece
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer June 15, 2016
wow wow, Nina! Congratulations - finalist Monthly Pro contest!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 June 17, 2016
Congratulations being a finalist !!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole June 17, 2016
Gorgeous!!! I have seen this Lighthouse many times, but not sure i have ever seen it look more beautiful!!! Amazing capture....love the bits of color and that sky!!
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole June 17, 2016
Oh.....I just saw this shot was a contest finalist....so well deserved and congrats!!!!
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi June 17, 2016
Congratulations on your two finalist award for this stellar picture.
flik_u_up
 
flik_u_up June 17, 2016
Postcard quality, beautiful and vibrant colors.
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 June 18, 2016
Congratulations !! Nina Being a finaliist The Battle of Amateurs
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer June 18, 2016
You are On-A-Roll! Congratulations, Nina - finalist Battle of Amateurs contest!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman June 19, 2016
Congratulations on the runner up finish in the monthly pro contest. I am very happy for you
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi June 19, 2016
congrats on your Por Vol Runner up award. You nailed this shot. Your eye keeps getting sharper and sharper... Mark
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz June 19, 2016
Congratulations Nina on Runner Up in Monthly Pro Vol 22 Photo Contest for June, 2016. Well deserved!!!!
MaryMarie PRO+
 
MaryMarie June 19, 2016
This is absolutely Beautiful~ True Masterpiece~
ahmedfouadibraheem
 
ahmedfouadibraheem June 20, 2016
Excellent shot .
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer June 20, 2016
just keeps getting better and better, Nina! Runner up for Monthly Pro! Yea!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 June 22, 2016
Congratulations again Nina, Won Runner Up Monthly Pro 22, so happy on your win, ester
Piav
 
Piav June 27, 2016
Superb photo and location
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita June 28, 2016
Fabulous....you've done it again! Big congrats to you xoxoxo
FeliciaC
 
FeliciaC June 28, 2016
Impressive
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz June 28, 2016
Such a gorgeous shot Nina. Love it.
emmafleetwood PRO
 
emmafleetwood July 02, 2016
Perfection
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 03, 2016
Yay, Nina! Congrats on another Award!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 03, 2016
And now, Runner-Up! CONGRATS!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 July 13, 2016
Perfection!
Wingsofrainbow
 
Wingsofrainbow July 14, 2016
I am not proffesional fotografer, I am Artist , and i see the clouds haven't been there , did you edit sky , included clouds after in photoshop ? Thank you for answer
DutchTouch PRO+
 
DutchTouch July 19, 2016
I have a picture of this lighthouse from 8 years ago! Looks like a brownie snapshot next to this beauty!
lisarichardson_3346
 
lisarichardson_3346 July 24, 2016
Stunning
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis August 08, 2016
My favourite lighthouse , beautifully done:-)
mihrt
 
mihrt August 09, 2016
it's no wonder you have won so many awards for this capture - it is so stunning, Voted 5000 Dramatic Landscapes
DutchTouch PRO+
 
DutchTouch August 14, 2016
Voted Nina! Unbelievable landscape or "Worldscape"
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer August 17, 2016
Yea! Finalist in Dramatic Landscapes contest! Good luck, Nina!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 17, 2016
Congrats, AGAIN, with this fantastic shot, Nina! :-D
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose August 23, 2016
Beautiful !
hilljilly
 
hilljilly August 24, 2016
Beautiful Capture
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 August 26, 2016
Congratulations on your 5000 Dramatic Landscape Award!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita August 27, 2016
congrats on the Contest Finalist Award!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman August 30, 2016
Finalist finish!!!! Good going my friend
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq August 30, 2016
This is gorgeous, Nina! A real award winner for sure! Congrats! :)
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole August 30, 2016
Congrats again, on another win as a contest finalist.....so deserved!!! : ) Still lovin' this photo!!! : )
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz September 09, 2016
Congratulations on a well-deserved Challenge Win. :)
giselleneill
 
giselleneill September 09, 2016
Stunning photo.
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moremdm September 20, 2016
Awesome shot! Jaw-dropping!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo September 20, 2016
Congrats again, Nina - Monthly Pro Finalist! Yay!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 September 20, 2016
Congratulations on your award !
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KayBrewer September 21, 2016
Nina, congratulations! Finalist in the Monthly Pro contest. Good luck!!!
mihrt
 
mihrt September 22, 2016
CONGRATS Nina for Monthly Pro Contest Finalist - a super image that is always gaining more attention - totally love this shot - well deserving of every accolade!!!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita September 25, 2016
superb...congrats!
CarlAage PRO+
 
CarlAage September 25, 2016
Amazing photo
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole September 25, 2016
Congrats again!!!! So well deserved....just beautiful!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo September 25, 2016
Runner-Up!!!! Excellent! Congrats again, Nina! :-D
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer September 26, 2016
Congratulations, Nina. You're on a roll! Finalist in the Monthly Pro 24 contest!!!
Mann-Niyati
 
Mann-Niyati October 15, 2016
Hi Neena This is Stunning, I recently Bought D700 With 80-400 vrii Now looking for a little cheaper wide angle lens . Please let me know what lens you have used for this . Thank you. I also want to know if other party can work good. Thanks for your time.
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 15, 2016
Congratulations again !
HauntedArtistry
 
HauntedArtistry November 04, 2016
Beautiful shot :-)
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo November 04, 2016
YGG!!!!! Congrats!!!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 November 04, 2016
Congrats, Sunshine!! シ
tobiasgraf
 
tobiasgraf November 04, 2016
this is awesome!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer November 05, 2016
Yowser, this fantastic photo is finalist in the Monthly Pro contest! Good job and good luck!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair November 05, 2016
Stunning work!
David_Blakley_Photography PRO+
 
David_Blakley_Photography November 07, 2016
Nina, so exquisitely done - like a fine oil on canvas painting.
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci November 11, 2016
Scenic beauty, Nina! Interesting clouds that have a long exposure look, cotton candy effect to them while the water has the detail.
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci November 13, 2016
Congratulations Nina on another spectacular win!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz November 14, 2016
Nina congrats again!! This is such of an amazing shot. Love it.
oldgal
 
oldgal November 16, 2016
Delightful Treat !!!
snhoffman2002 PRO
 
snhoffman2002 November 16, 2016
This is such a magical lighthouse and you captured its beauty and the stunning coastline too. Great job!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 November 18, 2016
Congrats again Nina, good luck , ester
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 07, 2016
Congratulations on your award, Nina! Well-deserved! Great shot!!!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer December 08, 2016
This is apparently a winner - look at all the finalist wins! And now another - Monthly Pro - congratulations, my good friend!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman December 08, 2016
ANOTHER finalist finish...you are so good
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography December 08, 2016
Nina, congratulations on making the finals in the Monthly Property Contest, also see it was VB selection : D
mihrt
 
mihrt December 08, 2016
Congrats Nina for Finalist in Monthly Pro Dec 2016 and also your Member Selection Award Dec. 2016 !!! this composition truly deserves it!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle December 09, 2016
Stunning and congrats on your member selection award!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 December 13, 2016
congrats on your finalist award Nina .. just beautiful !!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz December 14, 2016
Congrats Nina for making finalist. such a gorgeous shot.
JoanLoBo PRO
 
JoanLoBo December 31, 2016
perfect time of year for this capture. The purple flowers really make the scene pop.
digger12 PRO
 
digger12 February 02, 2017
Beautiful
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 February 09, 2017
Congratulations on your award!
alishamartinez
 
alishamartinez March 05, 2017
Absolutely breathtaking
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi March 12, 2017
Congrats on another win this picture is brilliant .. The POV and the wonderful sky really make this a winner.
jfischerphotography PRO
 
jfischerphotography March 12, 2017
Looks very similar to Yaquina Head Lighthouse a ways further up the coast in Oregon. Beautiful capture!
Weller95
 
Weller95 March 12, 2017
Love this shot off the light house and the clouds in the background makes this shot works, good job :)
Paulacook144 PRO+
 
Paulacook144 March 12, 2017
Beautiful image well seen and handled.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 March 16, 2017
congrats on the win in rule of thirds .. a wonderful image :)
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katydid1 March 16, 2017
Congratulations for your win! Your photo is breathtaking!
linmois
 
linmois March 16, 2017
One of my favorite places to take pics. Just hold the camera up and every photo is stunning. Gorgeous.
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole March 17, 2017
Still loving it!!!!!!!! Congrats again on a very well deserved win!!!
: ))))))))
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer March 17, 2017
Yea, Nina! Amateur Winner Rule of Thirds contest!!! More big prizes :)))))) (You shoulda won)
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer March 17, 2017
I forgot - congratulations!
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci March 17, 2017
Awesome, Nina!!!! Congratulations!
CharlieMcMahon
 
CharlieMcMahon March 21, 2017
Awesome! :)
roksanabunar
 
roksanabunar March 29, 2017
love this place
httppluto
 
httppluto April 03, 2017
This looks so calming and peaceful. It looks like a canvas painting
mihrt
 
mihrt April 14, 2017
Congrats on Winning Amazing Rule of Thirds Contest for March Nina..........so well deserved!!
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johnboywalton196 April 15, 2017
Superb sea, sky and object image. Breathtaking colours and depth, well captured.
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eelcovanroden April 22, 2017
Congratulations on another Award!!
GayleLucci PRO+
 
GayleLucci April 22, 2017
Congratulations on another win!
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KayBrewer April 23, 2017
Yippee! Congratulations on winning the Lighthouse Challenge!!!
Morgan_Lytle PRO
 
Morgan_Lytle May 01, 2017
I do believe this is my favorite photo of a lighthouse...like ever!
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Eddieuuu071 May 19, 2017
This is the best!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 23, 2017
I'm sorry I missed seeing so many more awards for this! Congrats, again, Nina!!!
podesta
 
podesta June 10, 2017
wonderful
tbreeves03
 
tbreeves03 June 18, 2017
Awesome masterpiece
linmois
 
linmois June 18, 2017
I discovered this breathtaking place many years ago. Pigeon Point is a hostel with the NorCal hostel system. Gorgeous photo.
TheraX PRO
 
TheraX July 07, 2017
Lovely
stevechoryan PRO
 
stevechoryan August 03, 2017
Amazing Image!
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darrellgillenwater September 21, 2017
Awesome capture
Hany73
 
Hany73 October 03, 2017
Great
BBBimagemediastudios
 
BBBimagemediastudios October 12, 2017
Postcard image so still and the image is so well done
AlisonRashel
 
AlisonRashel October 13, 2017
Breattaking...i really like how the capture shows the darkness of the water against the light of the lighthouse.
JohnCookPhotography PRO+
 
JohnCookPhotography November 22, 2017
Blows me away
terryc PRO+
 
terryc January 19, 2018
Gorgeous! A perfect capture, Nina! Love those clouds!!
terrylangdon
 
terrylangdon January 31, 2018
Love the shot. Love lighthouses, actually.
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brianbaitystudio April 05, 2018
thank you for your title and story with the location. i feel this is the correct way to submit photos, well done!!
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 09, 2018
Stunning
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bobbytaylor71 June 04, 2018
Stunning ... Congrats on all your well deserved award ...
pinkisacolor
 
pinkisacolor June 08, 2018
Wow
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards!!
Bwolff
 
Bwolff July 07, 2018
This deserves more awards!!
debbiespeed PRO+
 
debbiespeed July 15, 2018
Could this be Yaquina Lighthouse??? It is a beautiful picture, I love it!!!
debbiespeed PRO+
 
debbiespeed July 15, 2018
I guess it is in California so could not be the one in Oregon that looks a lot like this! One of my very favorites!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo August 31, 2018
Another Finalist Award! Congrats again, Nina!
BabZz
 
BabZz September 07, 2018
Stunning place woooow
DWWjr
 
DWWjr October 10, 2018
Wonderful shot! Deserving of the awards it’s received!
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RuwanFonseka October 27, 2018
Perfect. Voted
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Mary18 November 21, 2018
Congratulations on winning my photo challenge!
Bobwhite PRO
 
Bobwhite November 21, 2018
Congratulations for your win,,great shot
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi November 21, 2018
Congrats on a well deserved win.
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Mspower December 06, 2018
Great shot congratulations
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh Feb 23
wow..so beautiful
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GigiJim08 Mar 21
Awesome, congratulations on your award in this image!
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terrym56 Apr 03
Absolutely beautiful!
MarkyWilliamsPhotography PRO
 
Outstanding
ashley_renee_0408 PRO
 
Simply stunning!!
Bellatrix_B2
 
Bellatrix_B2 Aug 04
Exceptionally beautiful image of Pigeon Point!!!
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Pamelabole Aug 04
Still loving it!! Congrats on being a Contest Finalist, again!! Good Luck!! : )
valerieluker
 
valerieluker Aug 05
This is an absolute perfect photo! Just gorgeous! I could stare at this photo all day!
carlavanwagoner
 
Love this!
Emerald_
 
Emerald_ Aug 16
Scrolling through some amazing photos and one catches my eye. I had the feeling I knew that lighthouse... turns out it’s right around the corner from where I live!
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speterson6 Oct 31
Beautiful seascape, almost appears to be a painting. Great work Nina.
alanwinans
 
alanwinans Nov 07
This is most likely the most beautiful lighthouse picture I have ever seen.
tinahilliker
 
tinahilliker Nov 07
Is this print for sale? Gorgeous!
tammyedwards_5562
 
Beautiful
tongant PRO+
 
tongant Nov 26
Wow! A wonderful photo Nina.
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Alfredo_Jose Dec 12
Gorgeous, thanks for sharing!
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lizziemellis Dec 14
I loved visiting pigeon point, next time I am in San Francisco I hope to visit the lighthouse again and take photographs. Beautifully done Nina gets my vote good luck:-)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken in late April at Pigeon Point lighthouse on the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz, California
Time
It was about 5:00 pm when we started driving home after a leisurely day of photography along the coast. The combination of the time of day, the beautiful wispy clouds that had started to form and the fact that the ice plant all along the coast was in full bloom all came together to provide the perfect photo op at this iconic location!
Lighting
Late afternoon, also known as the golden hour, along the Pacific coast usually provides wonderful opportunities for some spectacular photography. Gorgeous sunsets and/or cloud formations often reward the patient photographer.
Equipment
This photo was taken handheld using my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR camera with a Nikkor 28-300mm zoom lens and polarizing filter. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I love landscape photography, seascapes in particular. And because we live within an hour's drive of the Pacific coast we often visit this area as it provides endless photo opportunities. Because it was a late April we knew that the ice plant would be blooming in profusion and also knew that the chances of having a beautiful sky to enhance our photos would be good. We weren't disappointed!
Editing
Lightroom and Photoshop were both used for a bit of exposure correction and for minor enhancement of color and clarity.
In my camera bag
My current camera of choice is a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR. I usually use my Nikkor 28-300mm lens which I find to be extremely versatile in most situations. I also have a Nikkor 24-120mm lens that I use on occasion. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera, with a spare 32gb card in my bag as a backup, since I shoot in both Raw and jpg Fine. Additionally, I always carry a fully charged spare battery and battery charger, UV and polarizing filters for all lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, the Cokin filter system, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, a remote release, and cleaning supplies.
Feedback
Landscape photographers often have the luxury of returning to a particular location at different times of the day or night (or seasons) in order to capture a particular scene under different lighting or weather conditions. However, since you can't always count on a sunset, for instance, there is often a lot of luck involved and sometimes detailed planning ahead, in order to capture a particular photo. Most landscapes, especially seascapes, are almost always best captured either early in the morning or late in the day (the "golden hours"). These times almost always provide the best lighting and can greatly reduce the amount of post processing that would otherwise be required to make an average photo into a great photo.

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