Located in some of the most treacherous currents in the Northeast US, the Race Rock lighthouse can be difficult to reach. I'd planned on visiting in the summer of 2015 on the same night that I was shooting the North Dumpling light off Groton, Connecticut. The two lighthouses are only a few miles apart, but the owners of Race Rock were concerned I was attempting to go there alone. When finally making it to the lighthouse, I could understand their cause for concern. Along with my friend Sean Daly to help with lighting, Captain Patrick Kennedy from New London piloted his small fishing boat into the breakwater near the lighthouse. I jumped off the bow and climbed the ladder seen in this picture before scampering over to the breakwater rocks. Sean aimed the battery powered LED light onto the lighthouse while I photographed the scene. It was quite late in the new moon cycle and we were a day away from the first quarter, typically a time when I wouldn't be shooting because of the high amount of reflected light coming from the moon. I was pleasantly surprised at how many stars there were to capture and needed to get this shot before giving a presentation at the New London Maritime lighthouse symposium a few days later.
April 13, 2016 9:10pm 45° 10mph wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 1000 f2.8 25secs