The Saybrook light is one of the more recognizable ones in the state because it's on their license plates. On this particular night I wasn't convinced the conditions were right to walk the jetty to the lighthouse. I'd just finished shooting the Lynde Point Light and decided to take a look at the rocks leading out the Breakwater Light. When I'd surveyed Lynde Point several weeks prior I hadn't walked out to this light because of high winds and large waves and from a distance the jetty didn't look to be in very good condition. I walked the beach to the jetty and found the rocks to be all aligned so I ventured further and further out until I came to the lighthouse. In all it took about ten minutes to walk out and the closer I got to the lighthouse the stronger the winds became. There's only about four to five feet of width the entire walk and fortunately the rocks were dry and ice-free. Oh, I also didn't have a life-vest on in case I slipped, but realistically surviving in the frigid water would be impossible.
What's pretty amazing about this shot is that it was taken at about 1 in the morning and it still looks like dusk. I have to guess that the glow is from the New York City megalopolis which throws off an abundance of light pollution. I spent about 15 minutes out on the point and found it difficult to creatively light-paint the scene because of the lack of space to move away from the camera. It's still an awesome image.
January 23, 2015 12:30am 28°, 10 mph wind Nikon D4, 17-35mm lens at 17, ISO 1250 25secs at f2.8
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