857-94463 - Rose Blanche Lighthouse on the coast of Newfoundland was originally built from granite in 1871, and the current building was renovated extensively in 1999. According to the information I read on a sign on the grounds of the lighthouse, Rose Blanche was originally a French settlement called "Roche Blanc", meaning "white rocks" (there are prominent quartz veins in some of the nearby rocks visible from the ocean), and "Rose Blanche" is a corruption of that phrase. I happened to arrive here on Canada Day when it seemed like the entire town (not really but it is pretty small) was gathered at a beach near the lighthouse for a bonfire and fireworks display. This was my last night in Newfoundland on this trip before taking the ferry back to Nova Scotia. Normally I would take 10 shots of the sky at 10 seconds (or whatever shutter speed produced pinpoint stars for the focal length I was using) and stack them for low noise in Starry Landscape Stacker for the Mac, but on this trip I was testing out the Nikon D5 for an upcoming article and I wanted to force myself to use single shots that captured pinpoint stars and see how the noise of the larger pixels (which also means fewer megapixels) performed without star stacking and with normal noise reduction in Lightroom and/or Photoshop with Nik Dfine. The result was pretty good, although you would still get better (cleaner) results star stacking. But the biggest benefit I saw with the D5 was that magenta color/amp noise in the corners and shadow areas of dark exposures at high ISOs was almost non-existant compared to the Nikon D810A, D810, or D750 (the others I've used in the past year), and detail was also retained much better in those same areas. Nikon D5, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm. One shot for the sky at ISO 12,800, 10 seconds, f/2.8. One shot for the foreground at ISO 1600, 180 seconds, f/4.
857-94843 - The original lighthouse at Cape Spear in Newfoundland sits dark, with the new lighthouse nearby. The original lighthouse started operation in 1836, and in 1955 a new concrete light tower was built. The original lighthouse has been restored to the period of 1839. This was tricky to shoot because the green light of the active lighthouse would flash every 7 seconds and wash out the scene in intense green. I didn't like the harsh shadows from the light, myself and my tripod being one of them, so I took a bunch of 6 second exposures and used stacking to get pinpoint stars and low noise in the sky and foreground. Nikon D5, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm and f/2.8. Six shots with the ISO between 12,800 and 25,600, as I was playing around with the camera to get a feel for its performance, stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker for Mac.