Photo Of The Day: The Path To the Ocean

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Another shot from the Land’s End set taken on the Southern Outer Banks at Emerald Isle. It’s a pretty good hike from the road.  As I’ve said before, the beaches are incredibly wide here.  It was a hot, clear day which of course is lousy for photography. This shot was taken with an ISO of about 50 or lower. I’m Planning a return trip after Labor Day when the crowds thin out.

Nikon D800E with a 24mm lens.

Thanks for the drop in. See you next time.

Photo of The Day: A Long View of Lands End


Looking East toward Lands End on Southern Outer Banks in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  A few pastel colored houses dot the point on this often vacant beach.  I’m always struck by the incredible size of the beach here as opposed to the Northern Outer Banks with its violent waves and tremendous undertow. Click on the shot for a closer look.

Nikon D800E with an 18mm lens.

Have a great Sunday evening and week ahead.

Photo Of the Day: Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven Posted to Flickr October 9, 2013

This shot from the top of the barrier dunes at Duck on the North Carolina Outer Banks came just moments before sunrise when the sky colors are at their peak.  It’s a fleeting moment. The yellow, pale pink and blues will fade quickly once the sun clears the horizon.  Oh, you can shoot at 9 or 10 in the morning or even at noon and two in the afternoon but despite all the settings and filters, to my mind nothing beats what you get at dawn.  It really is worth getting up for.  No filters on this shot.  D800E with an 18-35mm lens.  Thanks for the look in and have a great Sunday.

Photo of The Day: The Beach at Emerald Isle

Brilliant Setting  Posted to flickr July 1, 2015

I drove down to the Bogue Banks or as it is more popularly known these days, The Southern Outer Banks, one weekday this past week.  The secret is not to go on the weekend when parking is a nightmare.  The island is unique along the North Carolina Coast because it is oriented east/west as opposed to north/ south with the result that the sun rises and sets over the beach so each day has a double bonus.

The shot above was taken from Lands End in Emerald Isle on the extreme eastern end of the island with a view toward the west.  It was just after 9 am and of course the sky was incredibly bright.  I took a couple of shots using a neutral density filter but I like this unfiltered version better.  The silhouettes of those on the beach are sharper. The abstract nature of it appealed to me.  I’ve also processed it in black and white but this one gets my vote.  The blue sky and the bright tones pushed my buttons. Camera was a Nikon D800E with a 24-120mm f/4 lens closed down to f/22 or f/25 with the lowest ISO the camera offers, three stops below ISO 100.  My primary reason for going was to shoot the incredibly wide, almost pure white  beach on the eastern end of the island and the large  dunes many of which remain pristine despite the summer hordes.  The heat chased me away around 10:30 but I intend to go back before summers end.  I’m surprised I don’t drive down more often.  I’m actually far closer to the Southern Banks than to the Northern Outer Banks.  45 minutes puts me on the beach.  The Outer Banks are a much longer drive from here.

Well thanks for the read and the look.  See you next time.

Photo Of The Day: Back to the Roots

Getty Images 7/7/2014 Blogged June 28, 2015

In my advancing years, I am now 70,  I have found myself  rediscovering the past.  I suppose that’s because the past is a bit clearer in my aging eyes than the future. Included in this retrogression, is a renewed interest in black and white photography.  I’ve had momentary monochrome lapses from time to time over the years, shooting up rolls of Tri-X (yes it is still sold and processed) with my trusty Nikon F-3 and F-100 cameras and I was pleased I still had the knack of spotting nuanced tones and reading light which is critical in black and white work.

Lately,  I’ve been processing more and more of my coastal and rural landscapes in Monochrome with my D800E and D600 cameras.  This past week, I put about a dozen on my web site and was amazed at the interest.  The shot above was taken with my D600 using a 18-35mm lens along the barrier dunes on the Outer Banks of NC.  I think I’m on to something. Again.  Thanks for the look and the read.  See you next time.

Photo of the Day: A Blistering Dawn

Blogged June 21, 2015

We planted some sunflowers two weeks ago and a few had started to sprout but that’s when the super heat moved in.  For two solid weeks the temperature topped out well past the century mark hitting 105 one day last week.  Needless to say the sunflowers were all baked to death. It was 78 degrees when the above shot was taken in the field last week. It was well past 90 at noon and topped out 100+ by 4 in the afternoon.  AC units have been running nonstop for weeks only getting a brief break overnight provided one can put up with 80 degree heat indoors.    Set the temp at 78, and the AC just runs around the clock.  I don’t even want to think about the electric bill this month.  Misery loves company.   A huge swath of the south is suffering right along with us.  Somebody remarked the other day that it will probably take a hurricane to break the heat.  I hope it doesn’t come to that. Stay cool if you can.  See you next time.

Photo Of The Day: Skyfall On The Sound

Skyfall    Posted to Flickr October 3, 2014

Afternoon along the Currituck Sound in Eastern, North Carolina.

Time to start packing bug spray with a high deet factor if you’re headed this way. The dreaded flies are back on patrol for some nice juicy human to much on. I make it a point to wear long sleeve shirts this time of the year.  People look at me like am nuts …….until they get stung.

Have a great remainder of the week.