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Photo Info

Dimensions3794 x 2525
Original file size8.86 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken26-Jun-16 23:40
Date modified27-Jun-16 10:50
Shooting Conditions

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 5000
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Thacher Island Twins

Thacher Island Twins

A short distance off Rockport, Massachusetts is Thacher Island and its unique twin lights. Said to be the only active twin towers remaining in the country, the red-flashing south tower is still a Coast Guard maintained active aid to navigation. The continuous yellow north tower is a private aid to navigation and is maintained by the Thacher Island Association. We launched our whaler from Rockport Harbor and motored to the island arriving about an hour after sunset. There's a nice landing ramp but beware it's a bit slick underfoot. On the island were hundreds, maybe thousands of nesting seagulls, and when we were there many new offspring in the walking paths. I knew getting both towers in the same shot was important, but it proved quite challenging and most of our time was spent lighting the towers for the shot. This was my second attempt at Thacher, last fall we tried to land there but unpredictable wind and wave conditions thwarted our efforts. It was good to finally photograph these twin beacons.

June 26, 2016 11:40pm 68° 10-15mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 5000 f2.8 20secs