Between New Rochelle and Manhasset on Long Island Sound sits the Execution Rocks Lighthouse, named for the way the rocks "executed" ships running aground on the shoal before the lighthouse was built. On this night along with my buddy Sean, we captured three lighthouses on the sound. Sean dropped me off on the ladder leading up to the lighthouse and I knew my time there was going to be short. Inhabited by dozens of cormorants and seagulls, the rocks surrounding the lighthouse are covered with guano and the place stinks. It is also dangerous as the droppings carry a harmful bacteria that can cause serious health problems. I found a good location, shot for a few minutes, then scampered back to the ladder where Sean pulled up in the whaler. The ambient light from New York City severely cut down on the number of visible stars. The city can be seen on the horizon to the left of the lighthouse.
September 22, 2016 9:40pm 74° no wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 1000 f2.8 13secs