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.
The Sea Oats on the Barrier Dunes bend South as near gale force winds buffet the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
After multiple attempts to get the light on the ocean where I wanted it, I finally came close to what I had visualized. Of course, if you’re like me, you’re never satisfied and so you keep going back time and again for the perfect shot. I’m not sure I can do any better than this. But, I’ll keep trying.
Particulars: Nikon D750 Camera, 24-120 f/4 lens. Shot with manual exposure, f/8 at 1/640, center weight metering, auto white balance, focal length 65mm. No filters. I used a Slik tripod for the shot.
My thanks to those who stop by for a look. I appreciate your taking the time. See you next time if not before.
The moment of sunrise at Duck, North Carolina along the Outer Banks.
I’m beginning the new year with a new camera, the Nikon D750. Well, it’s new to me anyway. The 750 has been out a while but I wasn’t drawn to it initially because I didn’t think it was a true successor to the D700, which to this day I wish I had not sold. I was chasing megapixels back in those days. The D700 had 12. The norm now is about double that but the D700 was still one of the best digital cameras Nikon has ever made. My humble opinion! The 12 megapixels plus the full frame sensor made for incredible photographs. It captured the nuances of light uniquely. It shined. The 700 also had a pro body. It was a tank just like the Nikon film cameras. And, like the old Nikon F’s, it was just a still camera. No Video. My kind of rig. I’ve never shot one frame of video on any camera since and I wish I could still buy a camera without it. Easy, I’m 71. I’m old. Still photography is still my only bag. Instead of the then new D750, I bought the Nikon D600. Within a year, it was back at Nikon getting a new shutter because of oil splatter. They fixed it well and I put upwards of 75 thousand snaps on it before selling it this fall. Why? Well, Nikon was out with refurbished D750’s at a price I could not refuse. It was a bit faster and, better in low light. Having used it for a month, I have only a few gripes — apart from the fact that it is also a video camera. First, it has the cheap Nikon eyepiece that is forever coming off. Why Nikon cannot engineer its consumer cameras with the same round eyepiece it puts on its pro models is beyond me. Perhaps they are making too much money selling replacement eye pieces. I have to keep a supply on hand because they are always coming off the camera. I wish it had an auto focus “On” button paired up with the AF/ AE (E for exposure) lock button on the back of the camera. True, there’s a work around using the “fn” button on the front, but it’s awkward. And i wish Nikon would move either the ISO button or the Quality button to the top of the camera. I keep hitting the “quality” button when I go to change the ISO and I don’t realize it until I go to process the file and discover its not a RAW file. One of the reasons I didn’t go for the 750 when it first came out was the pop out tilting monitor on the rear of the camera. I was certain it would prove to be a weak point. I have been proven wrong. I suffered a serious fall while on a photo outing in December. I took a beating but the 750 which crashed to the pavement with me suffered nary a scratch. So with the few gripes I have listed, I love the camera. The resolution,quality, clarity, sharpness, improved grip, weight etc are off the charts. I’m looking forward to 2017 with it. I will also watch my step.
My best wishes to all who venture here every so often for a joyous, healthy and prosperous 2017. Blue Skies and Green lights everybody and thanks for the look. See you next time.
I’ve always been convinced that Autumn and Winter are the best seasons for grabbing a dynamic sunrise or sunset shot along the coast. I’m no weather guru but it just seems the cooler temperatures seem to generate more clouds which, when struck, by the light of the rising sun, make for a spectacular scene. This is the moment of Sunrise along the Outer Banks of North Carolina somewhere between Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores. No filters. Nikon D800E Camera with an 18mm lens. ISO 400, Manual exposure, center weight metering, f/9, 1/320th of a second. Thanks for your visit and have a great week ahead.
I’m guessing the wind was gusting up to 50 mph. I was crouched on top of the barrier dunes at Southern Shores, North Carolina and even with my tripod planted in the sand, it was hard to keep the camera steady. The sea oats and the ocean tell the story. This was the first Tropical Storm/ Hurricane I had ridden out on the coast since the 70’s. It was a sobering experience. Nikon D3X 24mm lens. Have a good week and thanks for the look.
These upturned Adirondack chairs on a small deck at the top of the barrier dune along the Outer Banks at Duck, North Carolina seemed to signal the end of the Summer Season in a very matter of fact way. The Sea Oats which dot the sand dunes leave little doubt that this is a beach front scene. The setting sun and low clouds in the background put the finishing touch on the composition. An hour or so later, I walked back up the beach to the scene and snapped another take as the sun dipped below the horizon giving the sky a spectacular pink and blue hue.
Both shots were taken with a Nikon D800e camera and an 18-35mm lens. Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.