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At well over 100 years old, the Heceta Head Lighthouse still stands proudly on the rugged rock cliffs of the Oregon Coast. I took somewhere around 500 photos trying to get this exact scene. I was hoping to get the waves crashing in the foreground and on the point, while at the same time getting the light in the image as it came around during its rotation. To my surprise I actually captured all three in one frame. I can't complain about how long it took me to get the exact shot I wanted though. It was a warm breezy gorgeous night. The entire time I was shooting sea lions surfed and barked in the waves far below.

Heceta Head Lighthouse - Central Oregon Coast

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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm staying there next August with my family! I'm so excited!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you! [link]
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jerrymia Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you! [link]
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Monoshimi Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I would say this photo is perfect but I've already said another one is!

You have unbeatable patience, waiting for the exactly right time. Yet another wonderful, flawless shot!
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Belinda14 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this picture!!! :DDDD it so awesome!! you are very talented *_*
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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DarkLadyxx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I was travelling the same way as you but your photos are absolutely perfect and amazing!
I am impressed and I became your fan :aww:
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anjourekloos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   General Artist
the light is so delicate, with the ancient rocks befriending the waves. we can only sit and watch in awe!!! fantastic pic!!!:wow::dalove:
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prettymepink Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
you amaze me! Very talented.
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much!
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marNsun Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
:thumbsup:
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Fireproofwitches Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
This looks like one of those romantic movie scenes. :aww:
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webworm Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Great atmosphere!!! I love this capture!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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webworm Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
:love: You're most welcome!
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thedaydreaminggirl Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Photographer
You are featured,check my journal for details -> [link] :heart:
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kritic2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
I know this site well and have never seen it look more lovely than you have captured it here. It is even more incredible that you enjoyed a warm breezy gorgeous night. Those are exceedingly rare on the Oregon Coast. Though a more beautiful coastline....I cannot imagine. Thank you for sharing.
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love the lightning and composition :clap:
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splashnsmile Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Oh gosh are you from Oregon too??? I went for a photo run to the coast today. My photos are aren't nearly as beautiful as yours though. This is perfect!
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dwth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 138th.:wave:
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
oh my gosh, this picture looks like a painting!
This should go in one of my Oregon Coast calendars, it would be better than all the other pictures XD
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TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing lighting
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ValkyrieBrunhild Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
If you are heading south, you should definitely hit Sonoma County in Northern CA. Beautiful coastline there too.
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Heylormammy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful shot :heart:
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Greenixi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Nice Coast!
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TheseOldHands Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
I've been there before.
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Andarelle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Oh fantastic!! Sounds magical :) Really looking forward to going to Oregon in November...not the best time of year to go but still hoping I get to see some of the beauty America has to offer :D
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Azoz7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow it is such a great place
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great shot mate. Beautiful atmosphere you've managed to capture perfectly!
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SkyJaguar Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
At first I thought the title was "Bacon."
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ccrystaldrew Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
gorgeous, reminds me of a painting
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SpiralSunRise Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you photographers do these kind of things?!
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AmehanaRainStarDrago Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
It certainly is a great one to take pictures of, and one that I've not visited for many many years. Thank you for taking this (and the other) shots.
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photographybypixie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
beatiful :)
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ImmortalShadowAirron Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the view, it's a beautiful place.
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saturninesweetness Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It sounds like you had an incredible time while shooting.
What a beautiful place.
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HopeAndFreedom Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student General Artist
I love this, and the lighthouse is the icing on the cake. So cool ^_^
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful view!!!
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kvvfrogfan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
If you're trying to attract tourists to Oregon....good job!!! This really makes it appear idyllic! I certainly wish I was there! Very nice photo.
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
such a beautiful coast line, and perfect landscape for a lighthouse. its like they thought about that before they built it.:P
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martinilogic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Picture Perfect... great point of view. .. very serene.... excellent
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010   Photographer
Nicely done!
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Super-Jandor Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
( ) breathless, wordless
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0wnenstein Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
great! the upload size is a bummer, though.
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the effect of the longer exposure! The waves hitting the cliff are sweet. I can't wait to go here someday and take photos of this exact spot.
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DreaErvin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010   Photographer
Classic lookout shot from Hwy 101. I love this place! Wonderful capture!
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RP4858 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nate,

My greatgrandpa used to be a painter. He captured this EXACT spot almost the exact same in one of his paintings. I would kill to have the money to order this for the parents so it could hang next to their painting... you stopped me in my tracks when I ran across it in my feeds. This is an EXCELLENT capture and exactly why I follow your work so closely. If you still have it available when/if I ever get the money I need for it you can count me in. Keep up the excellent work.
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andresT73 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
the light is so good
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Kajm Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That's a nice catch.

It would make a great postcard!
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