Cedar Keys Lighthouse

Seahorse Key, Florida

This image was captured in the days following an Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key.  It was taken just a little before our Royal Terns image and the eventful canoe trip back to Cedar Key that is described on its page.

This lighthouse stands on a 52-foot-high mound to put the light 75 feet above sea level. It was first lit on August 1, 1854. Its service was suspended during the Civil War and then extinguished in 1915. The island has been part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge since 1929. Since 1952, the lighthouse has served as a dormitory for the University of Florida's Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory with six bedrooms and 26 bunk beds. There is a good video about the lighthouse on The Florida Channel. The light has been renewed and was reactivated on July 5, 2019, but is apparently only lit for special occasions. In fact, the island is usually off-limits, but is typically open during open houses a few days each year. It is controlled by the University of Floridareservations, but their information about these open houses is sometimes lacking. You might try the Conservation section of the Cedar Key News or the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce instead. Good luck.

This image is roughly 24,900 pixels high by 106,000 pixels across, covering a horizontal field of view of about 210°. For a better close-up view of the full-size image, go to its page.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 100mm and mounted on our Gigapan unit. Image took 243 photographs in 9 rows of 27 columns. That capture took less than eight minutes. Camera was on f/32 for 1/25 second at ISO 100.

To order a print of this image, hit the button to the left. Before you do, you may want to check the maximum size estimates or what's currently in stock below. Each item in stock has its own order button.

Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated (In-house)
  Fine Art Paper N/A 9 ft x 37 ftO (43" x 178")
  Canvas 14" x 68" 161/2 ft x 69 ftO (371/2" x 155")


To adapt the extreme aspect ratio of this image to our other products, we've had to make some adjustments.

SD card, Notecards,
and 8x10" matted prints:
We used about 47% of the scene, horizontally. Cedar Keys Lighthouse notecard

Currently In Stock

Although we can print to your specifications any size up to the above limits to the nearest 1/16" with any mat and moulding combinations, the below prints are available immediately:

Print Number   Description Price (includes sales tax & shipping)  
#1 Large canvas Cedar Keys Lighthouse gallery-wrapped 14"x68"x11/2" with 45° bevel (outside 16"x70")
Optimal (illusion) viewing distancedefined 60"


Although the resolution and sharpness of the image should allow for this, we would need to send an image this size somewhere else to get it printed. Our printer can print up to 44" across, meaning that practically, we can print an image on paper up to 431/2". On canvas, we could only go to 371/2", to make room for wrapping the edges. Thus our in-house size limit for this image is shown above in parentheses.