As the crow flies, Horton Point Lighthouse really isn’t that far from where we live in Rhode Island, but you can say that about many of the lighthouses in this collection. As for the number of miles put on the truck while getting to this light, it was fairly low. But one must factor in the thirty-mile ferry ride across Long Island Sound from New London to Orient Point, a pretty good distance but they weren’t driving miles. I’d contacted the town offices in Southold, New York, owners of the lighthouse and attached museum to get permission to be on the property after dark. Daylight Saving was about ten days prior and the sun was now setting an hour earlier which is great for shooting and getting home at a decent hour. I arrived a short time after sunset and was able to survey the building and land to make sure there weren’t any surprises once darkness set. My time was limited to about an hour on the ground as the last ferry back to Connecticut was earlier in the slow winter months. I had to contend with four extremely bright security lights on the building with two that were pointing directly at the lens and blowing out the exposure. There was another bright sodium vapor light at the distant end of the parking lot entrance but there was little I could do to prevent its light from streaming into the photograph. Often times I simply can’t anticipate direct light infiltrating the scene and usually have to attempt to minimize their affect on the shot. The lighthouse was built in 1857 to guide ships on Long Island Sound passing near the eastern points of Orient and Montauk.
Southold, New York November 17, 2016 6:47pm 55° 10-15mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens ISO 2000 f2.8 13secs