Sandy Point Light, Prudence Island
There's an interesting story about this shot and it involves a runaway inflatable and a stolen kayak, but you'll have to ask me about it someday! When I arrived on the island I was disappointed to see two glaring streetlights near the lighthouse and was pleasantly surprised to get these fairly dramatic results as well as an abundance of stars in the sky. I used the tower to shield one of the lights, then crouched low enough to partially block the one still exposed. The result was a nice contrast in color. If you can't hide the ambient light then use it to your advantage. I also light-painted the grass in the foreground and the lighthouse with a flashlight. The further up Narragansett Bay I travel with this series, the harder it is to capture stars because of the dramatic increase in light pollution that obscures the night sky.
June 2, 2014 11:30pm, 52° calm wind
Nikon D4, 17-35mm at 17, ISO 800 25 secs at f2.8
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