Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

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I have taken many views of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, but I have never been able to capture the vastness of the surrounding area. I have always concentrated on the lighthouse, but always lost the incredible beauty of the cliffs and outcroppings. This photograph is a panorama of six frames. The minimalist view of the lighthouse tells an interesting story.

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I am interested in any insights that you can provide to improve the overall story and composition. All suggestion are appreciated.

Technical Details

Panorama of six frames taken in manual mode.

Nikon Z8 with Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4S lens @ 30mm
ISO 100
1/320 sec @ f/10
May 16, 2024

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Ray, I can see myself sitting here, listening to the waves till my wife says "come on love, it is time to go!

I have messed a bit with your photo, most particularly with the composition. I also changed the colour balance by setting the lighthouse tower as white to remove a slight blue cast. I also increased the luminance. My crop was based on making the lighthouse and the cliff below it the photo story, but also emphasizing the flowers in the foreground.

Nice photo

Thanks for your insights, Rob, I appreciate your interest and suggestions. I like the white balance correction and luminance correction.

Hello Ray, what a beautiful place to take a load off and rest for a bit. I’m always jealous when people can pull off mid day images like this. I think the color corrections and luminosity suggestions from @Rob_Sykes are a step in the right direction. The crop does a lot as well because it removes the bright rock on the left side. I would consider further desaturating the blue in the sky and darkening the foreground a touch to help the viewer move over it and into the rest of the scene.