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Photo Info

Dimensions4928 x 3280
Original file size16.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken2-Feb-16 20:49
Date modified3-Feb-16 10:14
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure25s at f/3.2
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 3200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Kennebec River Range Lights

Kennebec River Range Lights

This set of lights is the Kennebec River Range Lights, formerly called the Doubling Point Range Lights, and at first glance one might think there's a bright spotlight off in the distant woods. At this location on the Kennebec River in Arrowsic these two towers work together to form a range light and as boats round a bend in the river the pilot lines up the beacons to navigate the channel. The beacons for both the front and back towers have a narrow beam that project out to only a small vector and getting both in the same frame was important for the photograph. Lighting such a large area was challenging and I used three dimmed LED lights--one on the rear tower, a second lighting the woods, the third for the front tower, and then supplemented all with a handheld flashlight hitting the seagrass and the house. The blue light in the sky above the house is from bright floodlights at the Bath Iron Works about a mile away.