A Winter’s Day at Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse facing south

Stornetta Lands near Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse facing north

Beach north of Point Arena Lighthouse

Earlier in the week when the weather was bright and warm I planned a day to head up to Point Arena Lighthouse and the Stornetta Lands National Monument for a hike.  When Thursday finally rolled around so had winter with all its windy, cold, and grey weather.  Not to be deterred, I headed up there anyway to see if I could be inspired.

It’s always a bit windy up there but on Thursday it was howling even more than usual. The sky was heavy with storm clouds and there was a light foggy haze blowing off the ocean.  The late afternoon sky created quite a mood.  I wanted to try to capture some of that winter “Moodiness” by using some long exposures to blur the ocean into a smoky mist. For that I used a 10-stop neutral density filter which allowed me to use a 30-second exposure.

The biggest problem was that the wind made it difficult to get a good 30-sec exposure even on my trusty Oben tripod.  I had to find some spots more or less out of the wind and eventually did land on some areas a little more protected from the wind.

The first two images were taken from the Stornetta Lands just south of the lighthouse. The second two images were taken from the bluff north of the lighthouse.  It was a long cold day on these bluffs, but I’m happy with the images as they reflect the mood of the day, at least as I saw it in my mind’s eye.  It was a blustery day and not what I was expecting when I planned the outing, but such is life.  The coast gives you something different every day and you just have to be open to what it brings you.  But next time I’m definitely bringing my thermos full of hot chocolate.

Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 17-35mm, f2.8 lens; Oben Tripod

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2 Responses to A Winter’s Day at Point Arena Lighthouse

  1. The wind didn’t make it very far inland, but the moisture did, at least a third of an inch of it in the rain gauge, and the range of vision never got much past 100 yards. Yep! It is trying to make winter!

  2. Chris Wendt says:

    Beautiful! …and well done, Phil!

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