Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head lighthouse, on the coast of Oregon, is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the USA. It was built in 1864 and is the 'strongest' lighthouse on the Oregon Coast in terms of light intensity, with its beam visible 24 miles away. It is also a bed and breakfast.

I have previously posted a photo of the lighthouse during the 'blue hour', but here is one earlier in the day. Did I mention it can get quite foggy? Now you can see why the lighthouse might be needed! This particular image was made during the Oregon Coast workshop that Linda Torbert and I gave last August!

Truth be told, the fog was so dense that in order to give some variation to the gray sky I blended a few textures into the image as well.

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The Wizards Hat, Bandon

Oregon's Bandon Beach is an 'otherworldly' and surreal location that has a truly amazing array of sea stacks. Several of these rock formations have been given names related to their appearance, in much the same way as the constellations in the sky. What would you name this one?


This sea stack is called 'Wizard's Hat' because of it's shape. I suppose if it were named these days its name might have some reference to Harry Potter?