Photo Of The Day: The Dark Cloud at Dawn

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The rising sun still below the horizon signals its imminent arrival on a huge dark cloud coming in off the ocean.  The red sky at dawn was a sure warning this time.  We had another tropical downpour. Several inches Sunday.  Nikon D800e camera. Nikon 18-35mm lens. Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.  

Photo Of The Day: Beans At First Light

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Soybeans at Sunrise.  Hopefully, they are beginning to dry out.  We suspect the yield will be down this year primarily due to all the rain we’ve had here.  Two runs of 5 days straight of nothing but rain in October was pretty much the last straw. Farming is what it has always been, a crap shoot.  The odds in Vegas are probably better.

The soybeans in this field which is on the high ground here look rather well but probably not well enough to pull the other field’s yield up.  You plants the seed and you takes your chances.

Anyway, a rather dramatic view I think with the stalks of beans paying homage to the rising the sun.  Shot with a Nikon D800E and an 18-35mm lens.

My thoughts and prayers are with France this weekend.  We are all French in the wake of the barbaric attack on innocents.

Thanks for the look. See you next time.

Photo of The Day: Sea Oats Sunrise


I first processed this as a black and white shot a couple of years ago but on a whim decided to revisit the original  RAW file (It pays to hang onto them) and work it up as a color photograph. I rather like it with the sun flare through the Sea Oats and the blue sky.  Been away for a bit but am back in the saddle for a while so will try to up my blog presence a bit.

This was done with a Nikon D600 and a 24mm lens.  The camera had a huge negative when I first bought it.  It splattered oil on the sensor but Nikon replaced the shutter and totally overhauled the camera at no cost and it has been a work horse for me ever since.

Thanks for the look.  See you next time.

Photo Of The Day: Return Engagement


Sunrise along the Southern Outer Banks.

Ever wonder just how many times you have snapped the shutter on your camera? If you shoot in the jpeg format, each picture you shoot has the total number of  shutter activations included in the exif data that accompanies each picture.  Scroll down toward the bottom of the list and you will see it.   I shoot in the RAW format and when I convert it to jpeg for printing or posting, it’s not included in the exif data.  Yesterday I snapped one jpeg picture on each camera so I could find out just where I was shutter-wise.   My trusty D600 led the pack with more than 22,000 shutter snaps.  The D800e had only just over above 6 thousand and the D7100 just over 12 thousand.  In truth the D600 really only has about 12-15 thousand snaps on it.  The camera had a bug in the shutter that splattered little drops of oil on the sensor.  Nikon recalled it and installed a brand new, improved shutter which essentially made the D600 a D610.  What they didn’t do is rotate the number of shutter snaps back to 0 so,  the exif data shows 22 thousand plus. I doubt I ever swap it in on a newer model.  The shutter is tested to 150,000 activations.  I’m now 70.  I suspect I’ll wear out before the shutter does.

Have a great Sunday.  See you next time.

Photo Of the Day: First Light In The Bean Field

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I thought the morning was a washout with the cloud cover but my wife Jeri noticed the light behind the clouds and suggested I make the walk from the house.  It was worth it.  Amazing light.   Nikon D800E Camera with an 18-35mm lens.  Thanks for the look and have a great week ahead.

Photo of The Day: Reeds at Dawn

Reeds at dawn Posted to flickr September 26, 2015

It happens often.  I will spend a lot of time scouting out a shooting angle or position and wait for the right light and its a bust.  Then I’ll just see something like the reeds above in the wetlands here on the farm and shoot it on the spur of the moment without so much as a second thought and bingo, it seems to all come together.  Perhaps Photography is a lot like hitting in baseball.  As the great Yogi Berra who passed away this week at the age of 90 said once,  “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”  I get it Yogi.   Rest In Peace.

Photo of the Day: Atmospherics

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One of those mornings when everything seemed to come together for a memorable shot.  The sun below the horizon caught the low clouds and lit them up like neon which the thick veil of gauzy shrouded the field and boosted the color like a natural polarizer.  Within a minute or so, the color was gone as the sun came over the horizon.  Nikon D800E with an 18-35mm lens. Thanks for the look everybody.