East Point Lighthouse
On the eastern shore of the Delaware River where it meets the smaller Maurice River in southern New Jersey is the East Point Lighthouse. I’d started talking to the foundation running the light several months prior to the visit but for many months the lighthouse had been undergoing extensive renovations and shooting here had to wait until the contractor was finished. Also we’d been having very little good weather in the northeast for several months further postponing the shoot. The weather finally broke and it appeared there would be some clear skies as we approached the month’s new moon. I drove the six hours from my home to the Jersey shore under brilliant sunny blue skies but for the last thirty-miles which turned to clouds and rain. There was a heavy downpour as I arrived at the point though the sun was breaking under the clouds on the horizon. The foundation president gave a tour of the grounds and lighthouse as darkness began to settle. She left prior to the start of the shoot and I went about setting lights while waiting for the skies to clear. The frustrating part of this project is that you must often commit to shoots with only the best available weather information and there’s no guarantee. Meteorology is a science, after all, and you can only go on the best information available. Fortunately for this shoot the foundation had offered a bed in an adjoining cottage meaning I could afford to wait for the skies to open. There were few opportunities, the skies never completely cleared, but a number of times cleared enough to get a few good images. My last attempt was about an hour before sunrise as the timing coincided with the shortest night of the year and the first day of summer. I spent the night in the cottage and made my way north for the six-hour drive home later that morning.
Maurice River Township, New Jersey June 21, 2017 10:52pm 74° 10-15mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens ISO 2000 f2.8 20secs