Photo Info

Dimensions4928 x 3280
Original file size3.44 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken2-Jun-14 23:25
Date modified2-Jun-14 23:25
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length17 mm
Focal length (35mm)17 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure25s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Sandy Point Light, Prudence Island

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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