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Vlamingh Head Lighthouse…

by on Apr.10, 2016, under Life, Photography

The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is located 17km north of the Exmouth townsite. The site offers spectacular views of Ningaloo Reef and is a great vantage point to witness the famous Ningaloo sunset from its elevated location on a hill. The Lighthouse overlooks Lighthouse Bay and has the distinction of being one of the few places in Australia where you can watch the sun rise and set.

Completed in 1912 it stands on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range. The Lighthouse operated for over 60 years but in 1969 a light was mounted on tower 11 at the US Naval Communications VLF site. To this day this light still flashes a warning to seafarers to “beware of the treacherous coastline of the North West Cape”.

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

Vlamingh Head Lighthouse

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 20 mm, 124 sec at f/13, ISO 100

In the image above we are looking slightly west of north. Besides the lighthouse and the great view you can see the caravan park we were staying in down below at the base of the hill and the faint lines of the thirteen towers of the massive VLF array against the sky in the distance.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

My daughter, my mother and I had come up here to check out the view and watch the sunset. We had some lovely clouds and some colour and they were slowly moving through the sky. It was time to accentuate this with some very long exposures. With lots of cloud about to block the sun it was already getting fairly dark by 6PM (sunset was at 6:05PM) so I only needed the Lee LittleStopper to get out to five minute+ exposure times.

Vlamingh Streaks

Vlamingh Streaks

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 354 sec at f/11, ISO 200

Last shot of the evening – 6:30PM – it was getting quite cold now so the ladies were keen to leave :).

Vlamingh Head Set

Vlamingh Head Set

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 18 mm, 369 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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