Sleepy Hollow Shooting Star
There's been a number of times in the course of this project that I've unknowingly caught a shooting star above a lighthouse. On this shoot I had fired the camera and had stood back away from the tripod when the "star" flamed out above the scene. I knew the shutter was open for 20 seconds and that it had captured the moment. I reviewed the screen as soon as the shutter closed confirming my suspicion though it was much higher in the frame than I'd imagined having just seen it in real life. Earlier in the day I'd gained permission from the town administrator to go to the lighthouse after sunset, a time when the adjacent park is typically closed for the night. I'm grateful they took the time to review the online images and had decided to assist. I walked a path to the lighthouse while buffeted by 25-30mph winds with gusts to 40 making an easy shoot into one much more difficult. The Tappan Zee Bridge can be seen on the left of the frame, and the lighthouse is viewed daily by thousands of people driving to New York City. For years it was dark but in 2015 the town relit the lighthouse with a new rotating Fesnel lens.
October 24, 2016 7:20pm 53° 25-30mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens ISO 640 f2.8 13secs