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.
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.
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.
Freshly made rows in Twilight field. You can excuse the row maker for listing a bit to the right as the sun came up over the tree line with just enough clouds to send an orange glow over the horizon. Another season begins.
A Sunrise shot from the Top of what we call the High Field here. Nikon D600/ 18-35mm lens.
On a lark, I hopped in my RAV 4 and took a quick ride to the beach. The beach in this case being Emerald Isle. I usually avoid it like the plague from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor day for obvious reasons but for a not so obvious reason, I went anyway. My bad. Emerald Isle…and I’m speaking of the entire island, not just the town of Emerald Isle on the western end (The island is situated pretty much East West on the Bogue Banks) is not exactly a friendly place for day trippers. Public parking at public beach access points is scarce. Excluding the Fort Macon State Park, there are maybe 270 spots for the rest of the island. The great majority are on the western end but the truth is, if you’re not renting a cottage or own one, it’s a tough ticket to find a place for your wheels. I’ve had far better luck at the Fort Macon State Park on the extreme eastern end of the Island near Atlantic Beach. Another option is to head to Beaufort near Morehead City and catch the ferry over to Shackelford Banks or to Harkers Island. No cars. You walk but who minds that if you can find a place to park.
Well I think this is Kitty Hawk. They don’t post the town limits on the beaches. Whatever, its close enough. Of course the sun is setting on the Currituck Sound. This is the sky on the beach. I have a shot of just the ocean with the pink hues on the waves. I must look for it but you can get the idea from this how spectacular the sky was. Another with the trusty Nikon D600. I’ve had nary an oil splatter since the camera went back to Nikon for the installation of a new shutter mechanism. Don’t think I have had to clean the senor either since I got it back from Nikon.
I am finally on the rebound from shall I say the “digestive distress” I have been under since an antibiotic taken in advance of some dental work wreaked havoc with my lower tract. Bad demons.
Thanks for the look in. More coming. See you next time in most of this same space.
Along the coast of the Currituck Sound near Duck, North Carolina on the Outer Banks.
Not much shooting of late. I had the misfortune of eating some of the Blue Bell Ice Cream that was recalled because of possible Listeria contamination. I had all the symptoms so I had to go through a bevy of tests including a CT Scan, a blood test and a fecal test. All came back negative. Turns out the symptoms were triggered by an antibiotic I took before dental surgery. It killed off a lot of the good bacteria in my gut. A probiotic got me re-regulated so to speak. Live and Learn.