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Thacher Island’s North Tower at Sunrise

July 9, 2012
Thacher Island's North Tower Lighthouse at Sunrise

Thacher Island’s North Tower Lighthouse at Sunrise

Art & Photo Day on Thacher Island

An annual event I’ve come to treasure is Art & Photo Day on Thacher Island. What makes this Thacher Island Association event so special is the 4:00 a.m. sunrise boat over to the island. There’s nothing better than taking the launch over from the Rockport, Massachusetts, mainland in the dark and seeing the beacons of Thacher Island’s Twin Lighthouses in the distance.

Upon arrival to the island, gracious hosts guide you up the boat ramp. From there you have plenty of time to scout a shooting location and get your camera equipment positioned and set up to capture “Blue Hour” through sunrise.

On this particular trip, I was blessed with a spectacular sunrise over the island’s North Tower. The sky was crystal clear and the stars still visible.

“Blue Hour” is my favorite time of day as a photographer. When the weather is cooperative and the atmospheric conditions just right, the color is amazing. The light changes quickly though, so you need to be ready for when the first hint of a new day appears.

Due to popular demand, this year’s Art & Photo Day on Thacher Island is now actually two days — August 1st and August 4th. In addition to the 4:00 a.m. sunrise boat, there are also three additional boat departures: 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., returning to the mainland at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. (Reservations can be made by calling 978-546-2250. Donation is $25 and beverages are supplied. Seats are limited and go fast!)

Some people think getting up for a 4:00 a.m. boat ride to an island is insane. As you can see for yourself, I beg to differ.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 18-200 mm
Exif Data:  ISO 200, 18 mm, f/5.6, 20 sec., -0.7 EV

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~ Liz Mackney

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