Southwest Ledge Shooting Star
As the lighthouse photography began creeping closer to population centers, the scourge of ambient light became more apparent and problematic. The Southwest Ledge Light sits as a beacon for ships approaching New Haven Harbor and because it is so close to a mass of people the stars are somewhat difficult to see. As I was shooting I could just barely see the Milky Way and it certainly wasn’t as pronounced as areas of complete darkness. I was certainly pleasantly surprised to see at least a faint representation of the Milky Way in the photos once the editing began. I was joined on this adventure by my oldest brother Jack and we splashed the whaler at the nearby Lighthouse Park. We were restricted in the shooting time as the park gates were to be locked at 10:30 so we were sure to launch early to get situated at the lighthouse. We motored to the breakwater where the lighthouse sits, anchored the whaler and waited for darkness to set. Once it got dark enough we launched an inflatable dinghy off the whaler and I motored to the lighthouse. There’s an access ladder that comes down to the water and I tied off on the lower rungs and climbed up with my gear. I spent about an hour on the attached breakwater getting various angles while Jack lit the scene from the whaler about a hundred feet away with a dimmed LED light. After a few frames I had him turn the light off as there was an abundance of ambient light coming from New Haven. I didn't see the shooting star while at the lighthouse and only discovered it upon editing the images.
August 26, 2016 8:59pm 83° calm wind
Nikon D4 14mm lens ISO 1000 f2.8 20secs