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Photo Info

Dimensions4928 x 3280
Original file size15.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken7-Jun-15 21:49
Date modified8-Jun-15 10:17
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 1600
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Sakonnet Lighthouse

Sakonnet Lighthouse

This is the only lighthouse in Rhode Island on the open ocean and it's tricky reaching. I knew it was going to be difficult and on this particular night it was the fourth time in over a year that plans were made to visit. The previous three visits never happened because of weather or large waves hitting the rocks around the lighthouse, but we were determined to make it happen. Up to this point I'd photographed fifteen Rhode Island active lighthouses and Sakonnet was the final one of the state series. We set out and arrived at the lighthouse around sunset to enable us time to evaluate our best approach. There was a 10-15ph breeze and the seas were relatively calm so we loaded up an inflatable and made our way to the rocks. I wasn't sure how to gain access, but found a set of stairs carved out of the rocks. We spent about an hour shooting on the rock and the lighthouse was primarily illuminated by one of my friends who joined this adventure training an LED light panel on the tower. Another friend light painted the rocks in the foreground. Getting back to the boat was tricky as the seas had picked up as did the wind. It was quite an adventure!

June 7, 2015 9:48pm 53°, 10-15mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 1600, f2.8 20secs

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