Diane Miller Fine Art Photography

Lighthouse #3, Point Reyes (2004)

This image is an aerial shot, taken from a small two-place airplane (a Taylorcraft, somewhat similar to a Piper Cub) with the side window open.  The minimum altitude for flying over the Golden Gate NRA is 2000 feet above sea level, from which these images were made.  The camera is a Canon 20D with a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS lens.  The 200 mm limit of the lens is enough to frame a pleasing image from that altitude, with the magnification factor of the 20D digital sensor.  In the full-resolution image, if you zoom in to the steps down to the lighthouse you can see people clearly enough to distinguish their legs.