Great Captain Island
Planning is key to the photography with all of the lighthouses, and sometimes those plans get disrupted by the weather. A month prior to capturing this shot plans had been made with the town of Greenwich to visit but clouds from tropical storm Hermine had covered the area the night of the visit. Along with my buddy Sean we finally made it to the island with the help of the town's parks and recreation department. The island caretaker, Mike Nickerson met us on the beach and gave us a lift to the lighthouse in a 4x4, and he said that of all the photographs people have taken over the years this was the first time, to his knowledge, that someone had done so at night. The green light is an ornamental fixture and the lighthouse is no longer considered an aid to navigation as the actual aid is atop a nearby skeletal tower. The bright area on the lantern room is the beam of that light sweeping across. The lighthouse was lit with two LED lights on stands. You can see New York City in the distance on the left hand side of the frame, and I was happy to get a fairly good amount of stars despite the ambient light from the city.
September 22, 2016 11:01pm 72° calm wind
Nikon D4, 14mm lens, ISO 640, f2.8 20secs