Rondout Creek Lighthouse
This lovely lighthouse sits at the end of a breachway where a meandering creek empties into the Hudson River in Kingston, New York. The current building was opened in 1915 as a replacement for one that had been built in 1867. The first lighthouse at the location had been a wooden structure established in 1838, but that one had been largely destroyed by Hudson River ice floes in 1855. As the Stars and Lights project grew it was becoming more difficult to get to lighthouses and this one is almost a four hour drive from my home. Making it more difficult was an approaching storm front from the west and some forecasts had predicted clouds to be streaming in early in the afternoon. Knowing it was close to new moon phase with near perfect late November weather conditions, a decision had to be made: chance the long drive while pulling the whaler or instead head to Maine to shoot a couple of lights there. Since the temperatures hadn’t quite started dipping to winter levels, the decision to go west was made after consulting the latest noontime weather forecast showing clear skies until around 9pm. We arrived in the town near sunset and perfect skies. After first shooting the nearby Esopus Meadows Lighthouse about a half-mile south down the Hudson, we landed at the ramp of Rondout. Luckily the tide was near low otherwise the jetty running on both sides of the lighthouse would have been under water. I’d earlier gotten permission from the town to physically be on the lighthouse though the attached gangway didn’t offer any good shots. I attempted to walk on the jetty to get a good angle but the rocks were extremely slippery and keeping balanced while holding the camera gear was impossible and dangerous. My buddy Sean was along to assist and I summoned him to collect me off the rocks and we motored to the riverside of the lighthouse. While I sat on a very muddy and silted piling to shoot, Sean motored a few hundred feet away to light the tower. After grabbing a few angles, he again picked me up and we motored to the jetty on the south side of the channel where I captured several fabulous shots of the lighthouse with the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge as background. We then re-trailered the whaler after waiting for the tide to come in before heading on the long ride home.
Kingston, New York November 28, 2016 8:31pm 38° no wind
Nikon D4, 17-35 at 35, ISO 1000 f2.8 20secs