From last September. This was taken the day after Labor Day at Southern Shores. All the crowds were gone, the beaches were deserted, and the weather was perfect. Vignette added to create a bit of a dream effect. This is in stark contrast to today: Winds of up to 40 miles an hour, its very cold and its been drizzling all day following 4 inches of rain overnight. Keep the faith. Spring is coming.
The They lyric from the Temptations Classic “My Girl” came to mind on this morning at Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. tty Hawk. A pristine beach with nary a soul in sight. Just me and the Sand Crabs. I don’t think the Sandpipers were awake.
I posted another shot with the old Gazebo in it probably a month or so ago. It’s among my favorite views of the Sound from Duck. You can just make out the Point Harbor to Kitty Hawk Bridge in the Distance. The graphic nature of this shot came about purely by accident akin to those surprises I used to get now and then in the film days. I had taken my light reading from the Sea Oats in the foreground and everything else just fell into place. I think I shot this with the Nikon D600 and a 24-120 f/4 lens. I remember when one could walk out to the Gazebo, sit and watch the sun set but one of the hurricanes that blitzed through here took care of that. Irene maybe. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.
One of the first Daffys to bloom here this year. How it managed to hold together in the ferocious wind off the ocean is testament to their toughness. It was absolutely impossible to get a sharp shot. Moral of the story, when it’s fuzzy add a vignette.
I always have trouble with Daffys as regards white balance but I was pretty satisifed after tweaking the WB over into the hotter yellow values from the normal setting which to my eye adds a bluish hue.
Nikon D7100 with a 60mm Nikon Micro (Macro) Lens.
Some camera news if you’re a Nikon D600 Shooter. Nikon has issued a recall of D600 Cameras for sensor cleaning and shutter mechanism replacement. Doesn’t matter if your camera is out of warranty, they’ll still repair it free of charge and pay shipping both ways. You might have heard about the Dust and Oil Issue many D600 owners have run into. Quite noticeable at f/22. There have been many calls for Nikon to respond to the problem and now to the company’s credit, they have. Go to this website to return yours:
The Sound, in the case of the Northern Outer Banks, Currituck Sound, has its quiet, peaceful charm, but for sheer drama its hard to beat sunrise on the oceanfront. This one between Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk. A special shout out to the brown pelicans that chose to cruise into my shot. Nikon D600/ 18mm lens. Ya’ll have a very large mid-week and as always thanks for the look.
A Live Oak on the shoreline of Currituck Sound near Duck, NC on the Outer Banks. Live Oaks, so named because they are evergreens year round, thrive on the outer banks. Their low profile I’ve heard is because of the never ending wind off the ocean and sound. Always artistic in profile thanks to their haphazard limb formations, they make an interesting subject for the camera. That’s a combination of sea grass and sea oats around it.
Hope I’m not wearing you out with Cardinals. I must have a hundred shots of them from the two winter storms we’ve had. I did want to post this one though because it looks like he’s shed a tear. Just an ice pellet that stuck just below his eye. Nikon D7100. 300mm Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.