Sunrise on the beach at Southern Shores, NC on the Outer Banks. Nikon D600, 24mm lens
New JPEG Image File
There’s news of a new JPEG standard for digital photography. JPEG 9.1 reportedly will support HDR and lossless compression Options. This could upend the usual practice by a lot of pros including myself of storing images at TIFF or Tagged Image Files which is a lossless format.
Breakers at Hatteras on an extremely bright and hazy morning. The vignette was added to soften the edges a bit and meld it with the haze that was very prevalent that day.
The world famous Hatteras Light was of course moved years ago from this spot at the edge of the Atlantic to a new site a half mile inland . That the Lighthouse has been preserved and restored is a good thing but I must admit, I do miss the fabulous compositions and perspectives of the Lighthouse that could be had when it was in in its original location. Now one can only accomplish such iconic views through trickery in photoshop.
I was reminded of this recently when I picked up a copy of “Hugh Morton’s North Carolina” at a library book disposal sale. Morton, who died in 2006, was an environmental developer and renown photographer of the film era. Flipping through his book which I would guess is long out of print, brought back memories of buying a loaf of bread then going to the beach upwind from the lighthouse, setting up the camera then tossing small chunks of bread into the wind and snapping the shot of the lighthouse with seagulls soaring; or wading out into the ocean at low tide with a wide angle lens to capture the light from an ocean perspective. At the time the move of the lighthouse was being debated, I shared Mr. Morton’s disappointment that more effort was not made to protect the light at its historic location. I’m glad the light survices but North Carolina lost a lot when it was moved.
Hard as it is to tear myself away from the Sunday New York Times, my easy chair and a cup of Chock Full Of Nuts Coffee, I was determined to keep to my self imposed vow to stick to my blog schedule, so here you go. I shot this just the other day in some Oscar winning light that had penetrated just about every nook and cranny of the camellia beds here on the farm. The blooms, and there are hundreds, had the look of a sizzling cauldron of color. Lord have mercy it was Kodachome reincarnated; pushing all of my painter wanna-be buttons. Put on your shades and click on the photograph to get the “Full Monty”!
I shot this with a Nikon D7100 and the workhorse 18-200mm DX lens. Have a great Sunday evening and thanks for the look.
An April Sunrise under Bradford Pear Trees. No Filters. The Sun Star is automatic at f/22. Spot metering on sunrises. I always take a reading on the sky away from the sun. Works every time.
Nikon D600/ 18-35 mm
There’s word that Nikon has a new DX (Small Sensor) Pro level DSLR in the works. Called the D9300, it supposedly will replace the old D300S at the top of the Small Sensor food chain. Lots of wildlife shooters have been waiting a long time for a D300 replacement. The small sensor is ideal for wildlife photography, ie bird photography because of the 1.5 crop factor on full frame lenses. Nothing on pricing. Knowing Nikon, I’d guess it will fall between the full frame D610 and the D800. As for specs, I’d guess 8 frames a second and a larger buffer than the D7100. If you are wedded to the Nikon System via lenses etc….The D7100 would probably be a cheaper way to go. The only negative I have about mine is the buffer. I mitigated that to a large extent by using a very fast SD card. Stay Tuned. Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.