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Photo Info

Dimensions3032 x 4555
Original file size15.4 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken2-Aug-16 22:11
Date modified3-Aug-16 01:29
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure25s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 4000
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Cleveland Ledge

Cleveland Ledge

Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse sits in 35 feet of water in the middle of Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay off of Falmouth. It took over a year of planning and waiting for the right conditions to get to this lighthouse. There are four entrance ladders on the superstructure, each ending about eight feet above mean high tide to discourage trespassers. I'd gotten permission from the owner to visit and with a borrowed Coast Guard ladder specifically designed for this light, we motored there just after sunset. Climbing both ladders was tricky especially carrying camera gear and lights. It's impossible to get a good wide shot from the water because it sits in 35 feet in the middle of the channel. I have a special 20-foot tripod but that's of no use at the depth of Cleveland Ledge. I was therefore limited with shooting up at the tower but the Milky Way certainly helped. We shined a flashlight through a missing porthole to light the room and glass, the tower is lit with an LED light on a stand.
August 2, 2016 10:11pm 65° 10-15mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 4000 f2.8 25secs