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Photo Info

Dimensions4928 x 3280
Original file size19.7 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken15-Sep-15 20:25
Date modified16-Sep-15 11:24
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length17 mm
Focal length (35mm)17 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure25s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 3200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Great Point Milky Way

Great Point Milky Way

The series of photographs of Great Point on Nantucket were five months in the making. I'd first made contact with the head ranger for the owners, the Trustees of the Reservations, back during the springtime with the hope of capturing it earlier in the year. Access to the point revolves around the nesting season of the Piping Plovers and if the chicks have hatched the beach is closed to vehicles. It's a five-mile drive from the closest paved road to the lighthouse and walking isn't really an option. Arriving by boat is also tricky since the only way there is to do a beach landing, never an easy thing especially with camera gear. We had to wait until the beach reopened to cars before making firm plans to visit. The wait was well worth the effort, and once I'd made this photograph I commented to my assistant that we were done. It was the second frame of the night, and although we stayed for another hour, I knew I had captured a great image. The tower is lit with a dimmed LED light on a stand from about 100 feet away, then the foreground beach sand was lit with a handheld flashlight.

16x24 framed, matted and signed limited print $400
16x24 matted and signed limited print $250
11x14 framed, matted and signed limited print $250
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