David Zapatka | Great Lakes Lights | Tibbetts Point


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Dimensions3829 x 2431
Original file size5.28 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-Sep-17 21:09
Date modified17-Sep-17 11:20
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure20s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 2000
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Tibbetts Point

Tibbetts Point

As you start to visit more lighthouses you come to learn those with original Fresnel lenses for the lantern can be problematic for night photography. While they are beautiful, they are also extremely bright and shooting deep into the night is difficult primarily because the lens directs and brightens the beam, and that beam often directly hits the camera. Such was the case here at Tibbetts Point on Lake Ontario in New York. I'd taken a road trip to shoot several lights late in the project, and this was one of four captured the same night. I place a dimmed LED light behind the house and let the lighthouse do the rest of the lighting in this image. I like the way the interior exit signs add a nice touch of red to the scene.
Cape Vincent, New York September 16, 2017 9:09 p.m., 64° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 2000 f2.8 20secs