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Dimensions4928 x 3280
Original file size5.99 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken23-Jan-15 01:34
Date modified23-Jan-15 01:34
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length17 mm
Focal length (35mm)17 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure25s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias+1/3 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 1250
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Saybrook Breakwater Light

Saybrook Breakwater Light

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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