Watch Hill Milky Way
At Watch Hill's wonderful Ocean House Hotel, I'd been honored with their first 2018 Artisan in Residence. The plan was to have two nighttime photo workshops, but the only problem was as always--there was no control over the weather. The schedule had been set months earlier, and we could only hope for clear skies. Earlier in the week and before the workshops, the forecast was for clouds and rain during our weekend stay. The last clear night was a few evenings prior to the first scheduled workshop and we decided to try to capture the Milky Way for the students to see what was possible. We called the lighthouse keeper for permission to shoot late into the night, and he was helpful in dousing the nighttime security lights during our shoot. Otherwise, they should have blown out the scene and these dramatic stars would not have been at all possible. We placed and LED light on a stand behind the detached garage to light the tower as the front of the lighthouse was lit by a beach club's bright security lights from across the small bay. The foreground rocks were lit by a flashlight.
September 4, 2018 10:42pm 72° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 6400 f2.8 15secs