An Atlantic Dawn

Atlantic Dawn I


Atlantic Dawn II

A couple of pre-sunrise shots taken at Southern Shores, North Carolina.  I didn’t have far to walk to the beach so when I saw the cloudy sky, I grabbed my bag and headed out.   These scenes come early so if you have trouble getting out of bed, you will miss them.   Be there and you’ll be rewarded with some fabulous sky colors.  These two shots were taken on the same morning.  A complete makeover that occurred within just a few minutes before sunrise.  Both shots were handheld. The second a tad longer exposure.  Both shot with a Nikon D800e camera and an 18-35 Nikkor lens.  If you’re heading for a beach this spring or summer, take along an alarm clock.  It’s worth the agony of getting up early.  Have a good week.  See you next time.

Photo of The Week: Autumn On The Banks


The ubiquitous Sea Oat telegraphs a very calm dawn along the barrier dunes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  It is very unusual to encounter such a quiet Atlantic this time of the year.  Am recovering from surgery so will leave it at that.  Nikon D600/ 24-120mm f/4 lens.  Have a good week and thanks for the look.

Photo Of The Week: Better Days


These have been tough times in Eastern North Carolina.  Hurricane Matthew has brought more than a week of misery.  First, there was the storm surge, the rain, and now the floods.  We had been very lucky here since 2011 when Hurricane Irene came calling.  Matthew changed all that.  It was the storm that wouldn’t leave.  For us, it was the rain.  None of us here on the farm had ever experienced anything like it.  We had well over a foot of rain here between last Friday and Sunday morning.  None of us were surprised at news the Neuse River through nearby Kinston would flood.  What surprised us was word that it would top the record flooding triggered by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.  It did. The river topped out just short of 30 feet. All of the bridges into the city were shut down cutting off access to the city.  The main east west highway through the area, US 70 was shut down for miles.  The flooding reach as far west as Raleigh.  Interstate 95 was flooded out in several areas.    The rivers are cresting now and  flood levels will slowly recede but in so doing, all that water is making its way into the sounds along the coast triggering more flooding.  Things will eventually get better . The beautiful sunrises have already returned along the North Carolina coast but the effects of Hurricane Matthew will be with us for years to come. Have a good week ahead everybody and be safe. 

Photo Of the Week: Back to the Bogue Banks

Blog 5/8/2016

Sunrise on the Bogue Banks.  The Bogue Banks are the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina southwest of Cape Lookout.  This was taken on the beach in the town of Emerald Isle.  I’ve made four or five trips over the past year or so hoping to get that jackpot sky we all crave for sunrise shots and this time, it happened.  The entire southeastern section of North Carolina had just emerged from a solid week of rain and storm so I figured we were due for some spectacular dawn clouds.  We were.  Taken with a Nikon D800E camera with an 18-35mm lens.  Manual exposure, iso 400, f/22 with custom white balance.  It all clicked.  Special thanks to the couple who happened to be walking the beach at the moment of sunrise.   See you next time on most of this same blog.

Photo Of The Week: Walking to the Sun

Walking To The Sun Posted to Flickr April 16, 2016

Another shot taken on the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina.   The island faces almost due south so the sun is always over the beach from sunup to sunset.  I was taken with the three figures walking to the sun on the vast, vacant beach on a very bright day.  Thanks for the visit and have a great week. 

Photo Of The Day: Graceful Sea

The Graceful Sea   Posted to Flickr November 25, 2015

Dawn breaks over the Atlantic at Southern Shores, North Carolina on the Outer Banks.

After umpteen years of using Google’s free photo organizer,  Picasa and I are about to part company.  I recently “upgraded” from Picasa 3.1 to 3.9 and suddenly, with one click, the Picasa data base is corrupted.  Now instead of thumbnails of my thousands of photos,  I get Picasa’s default icon — three or four colored balls of various sizes.  I have tried all of the suggested fixes. Nothing worked. From I read on the net, this is not an unusual experience with 3.9.  So, Picasa is walking the plank. It’s free so I really can’t make too much of a fuss. It worked okay for years but it’s time to move on.

I’ve  toyed with taking the plunge to Adobe’s Lightroom and while I hate guilt by association,  Adobe’s Photoshop Elements Software which I use to convert my raw images and process my work, has never been on warm on fuzzy terms with my computer.  An Adobe engineer spent hours trying to load Elements 13 on my Windows 7 machine and finally gave up in frustration.  My rig runs 16 gb RAM and that folks is a lot of random memory but I constantly get error messages from Elements telling me there is not enough RAM followed by the usual crashes and stalls and lock ups. Bottom line is I’m not willing to take a 150 dollar bet on Lightroom doing any better.

So….after hours and hours of comparisons and reviews and so forth, I’ve decided to take a whirl with Corel’s Paintshop Pro 8X. If the hype lives up to my experience with it, I’ll be beyond thrilled.  The cost was less than 50 bucks at Amazon.    If any of you have any experience with it, please weigh in.  In the meantime, stay tuned.

See you next time.