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Photo Info

Dimensions4397 x 2504
Original file size8.81 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken2-Mar-17 21:40
Date modified5-Mar-17 11:18
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure15s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 500
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x


As we were driving during the day to survey the nearby Sandy Hook lighthouse we passed this gothic monument located high on a hill near the New Jersey coast. I mentioned to my friend Sean that it was a shame the lighthouse wasn’t lit because it would be a nice photograph. We passed by it again around dusk and discovered the north tower to have a light. So much for my obsession with accurate research and discovering the Navesink lighthouse with a working light taught a lesson in being better prepared. After shooting the Sandy Hook light, we were again nearby and decided to see how far we drive to reach the Navesink location. Signs along the way said the gate was locked at sunset. We also weren’t quite sure who owned the property and whether it was restricted but we drove to the lighthouse unimpeded. We quickly and quietly set to work though everything about this shoot was going against all the principles set forth in the previous 105 lighthouse shoots. We had no permission, no research, no maps, no guidelines and were stopping on a whim. But we were in the neighborhood, we had National Parks permission to be on a nearby property (though that argument wouldn’t likely pass muster with this property) and we took a chance. We spent about twenty minutes here before heading on the four-hour journey home.
March 2, 2017 9:23pm 34° 10-15mph wind
Nikon D4 14mm lens ISO 500 f2.8 15secs