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Photo Info

Dimensions4435 x 2952
Original file size10.8 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken24-Aug-16 21:21
Date modified25-Aug-16 11:55
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length14 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure20s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 1250
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Bluff Point, Valcour Island, NY

Bluff Point, Valcour Island, NY

As this project progressed I found physically getting to lighthouses becoming harder and harder, mainly because of travel time. It was a five-hour drive to reach Peru, New York where I was to be motored out to the lighthouse, and the longest drive yet to reach a shoot subject. Originally one of a dozen lighthouses on Lake Champlain, Bluff Point Lighthouse sits on Valcour Island a short distance from the town of Peru, New York. Over the years most of the lights fell into disrepair, including Bluff Point. Local citizens banded together and pressured the state into funding the renovation of the light and a two-year project was completed in 2014. I contacted the society who cares for the property and was welcomed with open arms. A local resident ferried me to the island and became my assistant for the night. We landed on a rocky shore in an island inlet near the lighthouse and walked a wooded path to the tower. It was still twilight upon our arrival and was given a nice tour of the house and lighthouse. They’ve done a remarkable job with the renovations and the building is in beautiful shape. Once darkness settled we went about lighting the building with two dimmed LED lights on stands and the grassy areas were lit with a flashlight. Clouds weren’t being helpful on this night and obscured many of the sky’s celestial treasures.
August 24, 2016 9:08pm 77° 5-10mph wind
Nikon D4 14mm lens ISO1250 f2.8 20secs