Photo Of The Day: The Gazebo at Sunset

00020.obx.12.13I remember stacking a Warming Filter and a Neutral Density Filter on the D700 when I took this some time back but I don’t remember much else except it was very very bright and I used sepia tones in processing it.  I had missed the opportune window and had to get home before the sunset came and cooled off the scene.  Its been sitting on one of my five storage drives for at least a couple of years  and frankly I had forgotten about it.  Gotta tell you, I’m glad I did not trash it.  Have a great evening everybody and thanks as always for the look.

Photo Of The Day: Sunrise at Hatteras

Sunrise at Hatteras Blogged.

This one has been lurking on an external drive for quite a while so I thought I would give its’  “15 Minutes of Fame.”   If I remember correctly, this is very close to where iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was before it was moved inland.  Thanks for the look and have a great Sunday evening.

Photo Of the Day: Prime Time

668.edited_edited-1  Our first crop of Sunflowers hit their prime over the weekend.  Our strategy to keep the deer away by planting field corn around the perimeter of the Sunflowers had mixed results.  The field pictured above did rather well with only a hand full of stems being gnawed off by the Deer. The second crop not as well.  It appears at least half of what we planted has been gobbled up with the field corn ears mostly intact.  A third field of sunflowers were  surrounded with Millet has done better than any of those encircled by corn, perhaps because the Millet is so thick its difficult for the little darlings to get through. Live and learn.

As for the shot, I used Shutter Priority with a shutter speed of 320 as it was quite windy out. ISO was cranked up to 600 because of the low light at dawn.  I used the auto white balance and camera vivid settings on the D3X which I changed to Cloudy and Camera Portrait in the RAW Conversion Panel.  D3X with an 18-35mm lens.   Have a Great Sunday evening.

Photo Of The Day: Timeless

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Big storms here yesterday and more are expected shortly but for about 10 minutes after sunrise this morning,  the beige clouds broke up to reveal patches of carolina blue.  It was a perfect background for sunflowers in the field.  Nikon D700/ 24mm lens. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

Photo Of The Day: Scarlet Mallow

674.edited_edited-1 These flowers have many names but I’m told the official name is Hibiscus Coccineus or as it is more popularly called Scarlet Mallow.   I’ve always heard them called Texas Stars or Mexican Hibiscus.  Thanks to the farm name brains for setting me straight as they are prone to do.  Who says this isn’t an educational site.  Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead everybody.

 

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Photo Of The Day: A Van Gogh In Early Light

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The breeze off the ocean is always marvelous here but it does create problems for me in early morning photography and such was the case this morning.   Keeping things sharp has been a challenge in situations like this so I changed my ways,  ditching Aperture Priority in favor of  Shutter Priority  and setting my shutter speed at 1/320. Its a good setting to use when in windy situations and at times when things are moving about like these sunflowers were doing this morning. The fast shutter freezes the action and keeps things quite sharp.  Of course in low light which is the norm in early morning shooting,  I find myself upping the ISO quite liberally sometimes.  This one came in at ISO 400 but occasionally, I’ve upped it to 800 with good results meaning very little if any noise.  A reminder of how far cameras have come in limiting noise.   My Nikon full framers allow me to set a shutter speed limit which helps a lot when one is preoccupied with the shot.  Might try it if you find yourself in similar situations.  It sure works for me.   Cheers everybody and have a great evening.

Nikon D600, 18-35mm lens.