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.
857-94715 - Nimoa Island - here the island mission will impress. The five-sided church features murals of island life and all mission buildings are surrounded by well maintained paths and gardens filled with flowering plants. Edged by jungle-covered mountains, postcard beaches and crystal clear waters - an island paradise indeed! The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km? between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 km? (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest. Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east.