Photo Of The Day: Afternoon at Duck

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Late afternoon on the beach at Duck, North Carolina.  The sunlight through the clouds gives a warm hue to the Dunes.

I’ve been busy replacing several of my external drives and transferring photo files from the old to the new.  When I first started using external drives for photo backup,  500gb was a lot of storage for a reasonable price.  I just put in service two expansion drives, each with 5 tb of capacity.  And both were cheaper than what I paid for the two 500 gb drives back in the day.  I just hope they prove to be as reliable.  The new drives are faster too, using USB 3 speeds.  I was done with the transfers in a matter of a few hours.  Tech marches on.

So is summer and I’ll be applauding when it finally departs. Enough with the heat already.  Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.

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

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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

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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

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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.