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Point Fermin Lighthouse by awesome43 Point Fermin Lighthouse by awesome43
This treasure is located in the same area where I found A face within my roots. Those trees are on the grounds of Point Fermin Lighthouse just a few yards away. The lighthouse is a museum now and was closed at the time I took this photo. The entire frontage was not accessible to visitors due to ongoing restorations. I decided to post the side view of it to share this wonderful old lighthouse with all of you. Most people never see that side in a photo. It took what seemed like an eternity for me to edit the problem areas within the original photo using Photoshop 5.5 for all the work.

I AM PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS AND INVITE YOU TO LOOK AT MY ORIGINAL PHOTO sta.sh/0zk8l8ty1wi TO COMPARE THE TWO.

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BELOW ARE EXCERPTS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE'S HISTORY FROM THE POINT FERMIN LIGHTHOUSE ORGANIZATION. PLEASE VISIT THE SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION www.pointferminlighthouse.org/

Lighthouse Architecture.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse is designed in the Stick Style. Andrew Jackson Downing, publisher of pattern books in the 1860”s and 1870’s, promoted the Stick Style for its “truthfulness “ in wooden construction. Unlike true half-timbering, the visible wood members were applied ornamentation and did not have a structural function. The Stick Style stressed the wall surface itself as a decorative element rather than as a surface to which decorative detailing was added. Virginia and Lee Mc Alester in A Field guide to American Houses note that the Stick Style is a transitional style which links the preceding Gothic Revival with the subsequent Queen Anne: all three styles are free adaptations of Medieval English building traditions “ According to the Mc Alesters, the Queen Anne movement was more influential and widespread than the Stick Style. The features that identify the lighthouse as Stick Style include its gabled roofs, decorative trusses in the apex of the gables., horizontal and wooden wall sheathing, overhanging eaves with exposed rafter ends and brackets, and porch and balcony with their diagonal and crisscrossing brackets.

Architect

Paul J Pelz a draftsman for the U.S Lighthouse Board , designed the Stick Style Victorian lighthouse. The design was used for six lighthouses built between 1873 and 1884, of which three are still standing. East Brothers in San Francisco Bay, Hereford Light in New Jersey, and Point Fermin. The drawings were signed by George H Elliot. Major of Engineers U.S.A.

History

Built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods and a Fresnel Lens brought around Cape Horn by sailing ships. For its time, this Victorian light house was a palatial structure, crowned with a cupola fitted with a 2,100 candle power light. Miss Mary L Smith, the first, lighthouse keeper lived with her sister but they gave up the lonely o occupation because there were no other settlers neared than Wilmington. In the 1880,s when Captain George Shaw was keeper, the lighthouse was the scene of many parties.

In 1898, a petroleum vapor incandescent lamp was installed: then, in 1925, a new 6.600 candlepower electric light which projected a beam 22 miles out to sea. Because it did not have a fog-signaling apparatus, it was a one-keeper station until 1941 when all costal lights were extinguished as protection against enemy attacks. The lens lantern and gallery were replaced by an ugly lookout shack which remained for the next thirty years.

After the war, the light remained off, and radar and direction finders took over sentry and signaling duties. The structure fell into disuse and disrepair until a new lantern and gallery were built by volunteers, restoring it to its original charm must in time for a centennial celebration in 1974. Today Point Fermin Lighthouse is one of San Pedro’s most recognized landmarks and was used for the San Pedro Centennial logo.

This graceful Victorian –style building surrounded by colorful flower gardens, is one of the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast. It served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years.
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This is one charming lighthouse; but if it wasn't for a group of history preservationists; something modern and non-lighthouse like would be sitting here. During WWII; the lantern was taken off; and replaced with a large square wooden room; used as a lookout. After the war; the room was removed; and the decapitated lighthouse sat neglected. Plans were arranged to demolish the lighthouse; but history preservationists protested the plans; and was able to restore the lighthouse. After many years of TLC; this lighthouse shines once again; but not the lamp; the actual lighthouse. No matter how you take the photo of this lighthouse; it will always be beautiful.
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sara-satellite Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your lighthouse is very nice as well! I enjoy the side view of it. And thank you for all the information about it! :clap:
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
:iconrbyw: My pleasure and thanks for the fave. :iconhugplz:
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sara-satellite Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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Dainas-Fantasy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How FABULOUS! I would LOVE to live there! I have always been fascinated by lighthouses anyway, and this is just wonderful! :hug: :iconsweetheart1plz:
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
:iconaawplz: I would love for you to live there too, then you would only be about one hour's drive from my house. I love lighthouses too I have a special folder in my favorites for them. I put them there as I collect them. You might want to look a some really neat ones in there. I did a feature a few weeks ago for lighthouses and it was on my profile page. At some point I had to take it down to make room for other features. I am very pleased you like this light house. I did a lot of work on it hopefully you used the link to the original to see how it started out. :iconhug1plz: :iconheart4uplz:
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Neat!
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Thank you very much, I am happy you like it. I think it is a very special one. .:iconredroseplz:
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I understand! :D
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a very beautiful lighthouse. I don't care about the problem areas in the original photo; the lighthouse will still look beautiful. :)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thank you very much. The reason for the link to the original is to show the work I did to make it look better. I am teaching myself photoshop and for me it was extremely difficult to do that. You are right though no matter which photo the lighthouse is very unusual and beautiful. :iconredroseplz:
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It looked like a cake when I first saw it. The lighthouse; before it was given all that love; was a dull building. Now it's in ship shape. ANd boy oh boy; it is beautiful. At one point I was literally drooling at the beautiful structure!
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awesome43 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thank you so very much for your encouraging kind words. It is a very beautiful place to visit. I have not been there in a while, but will visit again some day to see how the remodeling is coming along. :icongiveroseplz:
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a pleasure. By the way; the remodeling is done; and the lighthouse is a gem!
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awesome43 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thanks for letting me know. :iconsmileplz:
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome ;)
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely house, I adore the structure of it. :)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
It is a very special lighthouse indeed. I am happy to share it with you and that you enjoyed looking at it.
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*thumbs up*
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Thank you very much.
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LaptopNinja510 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime~
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Blubie423 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
niice :) Interesting building
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you very much it has a lot of history and I am happy you took the time to read all about it.
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Ask-SindreAndSvetki Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
((Really nice photo and composition! Not to mention that the building is beautiful. It was a great idea to include the tree on the left.))
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thank you very much. I spent quite a bit of time editing that one. I do hope you were able to see the original. I was not sure about keeping the tree, now I am thanks to you.
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Ask-SindreAndSvetki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
((No problem! I can see that you have spent lots of time.... So... is it good that you are keeping the tree?))
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I am teaching myself Photoshop and this was a very hard one to do for me. At the same time I am very pleased it is receiving such good encouraging comments from all my friends here on DA.
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Ask-SindreAndSvetki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
((You know, dA is supposed to be a site where artists receive inspiration. I am happy that I am one of the many others that are encouraging you. ^^ I use Photoshop as well, and it is pretty hard to learn. I'm still learning, since my use of the available tools is limited. I never really use the selection tools, though people who use Pen Tool say that it makes things easier. I don't even get how you can draw with the pen tool.))
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Well. I think every one needs some encouragement in life. Not only when it pertains to art but life in general. It is amazing what a little encouragement along the way can do for someone. So do well my friend.
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JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has Been Featured :) : [link]
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Thank you very much for featuring my work. You have been included in my appreciation journal [link]
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is neat! Thank you for posting the information, it's interesting to read something about this house.
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
You are welcome and thank you for taking the time to read the information. It is indeed very interesting and I do appreciate your comment. I am always so happy when I get those kinds of comments.
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
It's my pleasure! :)
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DragonflyAndromeda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Photographer
This is awesome=DI like the shape of this house=)Very original:aww:
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thank you very much. I am happy you like it. I agree it is very original. Once does not see too many lighthouses that have that design.
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
:nod: pretty nice work, especially that's straightened
personally I would reduce the color strength/brightness in some places, that would give a bit more details and would reduce that uniformity and by doing that for the background you would have a better focus to the main object ... the original sky color is much softer, so on the lover left and on the right side it would be better bringing it back a bit
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Thank you for your comments. I agree the original sky color was better. It seemed that if I fixed one thing than something else suffered. The original photo was too dark and very blurry. I worked on it a very long time. I am sure an expert such as you would have been able to do it much faster and better. For me, it is still a learning experience so as I improve my skills I can come back to it and fix it at point.
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
:) yea, that's quite standard fixing
here I've made a little fixing, maybe you like it, I've also uploaded the .psd file (I hope you've the right version for opening it): [link]

I'll remove this after you've checked it :)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks I will take a look at what you did.
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
:) cool, in the psd file I've let the layers so you can see what I've did
just let me know when you've done, so I'll remove it
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Raghnall Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Photographer
Denyse, I commented in the Eyecatchingphotos group on this but I think it was a "private discussion" section for moderators. What I said was "I did the nasty deed, sorry. Now I feel bad. I just felt the sky was over exposed and the framing not quite right.
IMHO, every building has a "sweet spot". Take a picture from that and it will look grand. You need to find this one's sweet spot. But hey, it looks a lovely place to revisit!"
Keep working away and enjoy your camera. That's what it's all about. It doesn't matter a jot what others think, as long as you like it.
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Thank you very much for letting me know. Actually this is an old photo. The reason I put it up is that there was a story in my newspaper about it recently and how old it was. They are trying to sell it to a conservation/Museum group to take over the existing one due to lack of funding etc... It reminded me that I had taken that photo so I dug it up and did a lot of work on it but could not make it perfect. Hopefully you used the link to see the original for comparison. Of course not having the experience and the equipment makes it hard for me. I am however working to make them better. Hopefully in the near future we will go someplace where I can take new ones but with the same camera unfortunately.
I do want to thank you for taking the time to write to me and to say I am not upset at you for turning it down.
We all have different criteria as to what is acceptable so in your case it was not. :hug:
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yes! This is a bit of wonderful work you've done. I'm glad you could see the treasure underneath the modern electric lines and so on.
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
It took a long time for me to get rid of the power lines, trees in the wrong places etc. I pretty much had to rebuild the front of the lighthouse to do that. Thank you for looking at the original to compare and your kind comments.
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You bet! The original is what you could see into and pull out the art! I couldn't do that...no patience!
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Once I saw it, I became enthralled in its beauty and history. I think that is what gave me the patience to get it done. The fact that it is so popular made it all the more rewarding.
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Thaumaturgist-Dave Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Beautiful lighthouse. I wish I could live in it.
And compare to the original photo.... you did a really good job with the Photoshop :)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thanks you very much. I am teaching myself photoshop. I scrapped several versions before I wound up with this one. Comments such as yours are so encouraging. Living in a lighthouse would be a dream. I was so disappointed that it was closed. I wanted to see inside.
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Thaumaturgist-Dave Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
You're welcome. I just started with photoshop, so far I'm making only minor changes. But maybe some day, I'll make something big.
Btw. I could imagine myself living in this one:) [link]
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
That is a very cool one. I just faved it. Thanks for the link.
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