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Akmenrags Lighthouse (Latvian: Akmeņraga bāka) - a lighthouse on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea, located to the south of the resort town of Pāvilosta.
I first visited Akmensrags Lighthouse in the mid Summer of 2016 together with my aunt - we made a lovely excursion with her around Courland. Akmensrags lighthouse is located some 11 km south of the Pāvilosta, the road is not in the best shape (Breakstone road)
There is a small museum/kiosk/ information center located in front of the lighthouse. When we approached lighthouse some people from kiosk asked what are we doing here. It seemed they enjoyed their loneliness and forgot that Akmensrags lighthouse is actually a tourism spot (right, it's main purpose is naval, but you got the point). I asked about opportunities to climb up to the lighthouse. The lady asked am I from some governmental organization something? I felt confused, replied that I'm just a visitor willing to make some photography here, she told me to buy a ticket for 0.70 EUR what I actually did and started my way up one hundred and twenty six steps reaching up to the viewing gallery.
Some info about lighthouse's history
The current tower was constructed in 1921, as the previous lighthouse was destroyed during World War I. Currently the lighthouse is open to the public.
Steps in lighthouse
Steps in HDR
Right, I had a chance to apply a HDR photography knowledge - lighthouse steps in HDR (I had red a tutorial on that some few months ago, when I was at Akmensrags lighthouse I had chance to excel). Looks cool. right?
beacon light a top at the Akmensrags Lighthouse viewing platform
I did find a small spot to get a better shots of nearby vicinity and leaned toward outer viewing platform
Panoramic views toward Baltic Sea
Another - panoramic photography technique applied here.
View toward deep forests of Courland
The lighthouse of Akmenrags is a key navigation point, in one of the most dangerous spots on the Baltic Sea to navigate by - this is due to several factors: the lighthouse is located by a stony sand bank, which extends by a distance of 2 nautical miles (about 3,7 kilometres) to the north-west of the lighthouse; another point of danger is the depth of the sea - which is on average 2 metres in the lighthouse's vicinity. The location of the lighthouse has remained the same over the decade; however the coast has receded. The lighthouse has seen several shipwrecks during its existence - a notable one being the shipwreck of September 1923; when a famous Latvian steamer Saratow struck the ground.
Akmensrags lighthouse HDR