David Zapatka | Great Lakes Lights | Sodus Point Museum Lighthouse


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Dimensions3885 x 2314
Original file size11.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken23-Apr-17 22:52
Date modified24-Apr-17 10:39
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 1600
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Sodus Point Museum Lighthouse

Sodus Point Museum Lighthouse

As this project has grown, so too has the distance needed to travel to capture lighthouses. We were in new moon phase and the forecast for much of the Northeast was for arriving stormy conditions but for areas to the west. Sodus Point is a hamlet east of Rochester, NY on Lake Ontario and has two lighthouses within a quarter mile of each other. I contacted the society running the museum and lighthouse to learn what type of access there might be for night shooting. Both lights are on town property and easily accessed, but for me it was nearly a six-hour drive from home. I left on a cloudless Sunday afternoon and arrived in the village at sunset and got a lay of the land for both lights, then waited for darkness to settle. For the museum lighthouse there's a real issue with a string of sodium vapor lights on the road leading to the point, and all of that light spills onto three sides of the tower and building. While doing the quick daylight survey I couldn't get a sense of what types of issues they would present, but now here in the dark they were problematic. It took some extra computer editing to eliminate the yellow sodium light coloring, but for a couple of the images the orange added to the mysteriousness of the scene. I was pleasantly surprised and accompanied by a local resident who was intrigued by the project and he filled me in on the interesting village history. The current museum lighthouse building was opened in 1871 though that was a replacement for the original tower initially built in 1825. Once I was done shooting the return drive was another six hours home and I hit the sack at five in the morning.
April 23, 2017 10:51pm 54° no wind
Nikon D4 14mm lens 1600ISO f2.8 20secs