Martha's Vineyard Light

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Martha's Vineyard Light
Jul 21, 2014

I've been wanting to take a night-time photo of the Gay Head lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard for years, but have never gotten around to it.  Finally had good weather conditions (at least for this picture) last night.  Temps in the low sixties, winds at twenty knots or so, rain blowing straight into the camera so I had to keep wiping the lens.

Leica M (240) at ISO 1600

Fifteen separate 3s exposures averaged together in Photoshop (to address noise)

Summilux FLE @ f/2.8 I think--hard to tell in the dark

The light makes one half rotation about every eight seconds, so I was limited to about 3s exposures if I wanted to capture a nice, sweeping "beam".  The light is, obviously, red on one side and white on the other.  The Aquinah cliffs can be seen on the left side of the image.

Wish I had composed it a little differently with less foreground and more sky, but it was surprisingly hard to see in the dark.  All sub-exposures were captured around 10:00pm or so.

Gay Head Light

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Jared Willson

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