Join me for a COUNTDOWN of my 50 Top Summer Picsand the story behind each shot

#12 – Bandon Light

07.29.2010  2:32 pm – Bandon, Oregon  – f/9  1/320  Canon T1i  – Tamron 18-270 lens   
Edits: Camera Raw: clarity and vibrance;  Adjustment brushes


Lighthouses have always intrigued me, and this Bandon, Oregon light is a fine specimen. Though the tower is short, due to its location along the Coquille River, the ten-sided lower building is particularly unique. I positioned myself low, near some tall beach grass, to capture this angle. I consciously arranged the composition to place the horizon and structure on the one-third lines. The colors were flat and the cloudless sky produced an unremarkable shot, but with some help from my new favorite editing tool (Camera Raw adjustment brushes) I decided to place this shot 12th in the summer favorites lineup. Bandon is one of my favorite places on the planet, because of the stunning seascape. Many large monoliths dot the landscape, and beachcombing is fabulous. You will notice a few other photos earlier in the countdown. Bandon, Oregon is definitely worth visiting and don’t miss the quaint wharf town, where cranberry fudge and clam chowder are some of the local favorites.

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