Esopus Meadows Portrait
According to local lore, long before the Esopus Lighthouse was built in 1871 there was a large meadow along the river where cattle were said to have grazed. As the river changed so did the meadow as it was transformed into mud flats. The lighthouse was then constructed to warn ships of the shallows and at low tide on the channel side of the light the depth reaches sixty feet while on the meadow side it’s barely two feet. We set out from Rondout Creek in Port Ewen and reached the lighthouse after sunset to await darkness. We had onboard the special water tripod that at its shortest is ten feet. Our electronic depth gauge read 60+ feet off the front of the lighthouse but a scant fifty feet closer it dropped immediately to three feet. We then settled in a location of about two feet and placed the tripod over the side where it stood high and tall about eight feet out of the water. I placed the camera on a clamp attached to one of the legs as the outflowing Hudson River waters calmly passed by. It was amazing how peaceful and calm the water was when compared to some of the other lighthouse shoots where we’ve used the tripod. While I manned the camera, my friend Sean who was assisting for this shoot rowed an inflatable dinghy to a spot about a hundred feet from the lighthouse front door where he lit the scene with a dimmed battery-powered LED television light. We were happy to see the amount of stars despite a fairly strong amount of ambient light coming from nearby Kingston.
Port Ewen, New York November 28, 2016 6:58pm 44° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens ISO 2000 f2.8 20secs