Bogue Sound

Depending on who’s counting, there are up to seven Sounds along the coast of North Carolina: Croatan Sound, Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, Core Sound, Back Sound and Bogue Sound.  Many consider the Croatan and Currituck Sound in the North to be part of the huge Albemarle Sound. Locals will tell you different.

Bogue Sound runs along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast from Back Sound to Western Bogue Inlet.  It is 25 miles long and up to three miles wide.  The water is shallow and calm with slow moving currents and dotted with islands of sea grass.

These views were taken near the Bogue Inlet in the West.  Bogue Sound is situtated more East/West than North South.  It marks the southern terminus of the Northern and Southern Outer Banks.

This  grove of trees along North Carolina Highway 58 at the eastern foot of the Carter Langston Bridge to Emerald Isle seems a fitting parting shot this week.  All of the photographs this week were taken with a Nikon D800E camera and a Nikor 16-35mm f/4 lens.  Thanks for the look. See you next time.

Photography as Therapy

It’s hard to describe the feeling that washes over you when you realize you are the last of your immediate family still standing.  It’s not a case of depression or constant sadness.  It’s more like an emptiness.   All of this introspection followed the death of my sister several weeks ago at the age of 81.  June had had a remarkable career on stage and screen and when she retired in the mid-70’s, she took up painting and photography.  We were quite close despite the difference in age.  June was 8 1/2 years older than I. But art and photography have no age restrictions and we were constantly running ideas and such by one one another.  Her death ultimately motivated me to make the most of what time I have left.  What better place to start than the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I know of no place that recharges me like the beach.  These are just a few of the more than 150 photographs I have taken in the past week.

 

I’m already planning trips to different section of the Northern and Southern Outer Banks.  There’s a lot to see in America’s Longest Park.  Thank you for stopping by and having a look. I hope to see you next time.

Spring At The Beach

It’s the best of both worlds really.  Warmer weather and still very few people around. Three more shots from the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina.

All shot between sunrise and 8:30AM.  Nikon D800E, 16-35 f/4 lens. Thank you very much for the look-in and have a good week ahead.  See You Nex Time!

Back To The Beaches

I finally got back to the beach this past weekend. It was my first visit since January and my first use of a new lens, the 16-35mm Nikon f/4.  A few quick images just processed.

The 16-35mm is light years sharper than my old 18-35.  In fact, it ranks right up there with the 24-120mm f/4 as the sharpest lenses in my bag.  If you shop around, you can find a used version in like new condition far cheaper than the price for a new one. More shots next time. Thanks for looking and have a good week ahead.

Gales At The Beach

The day proved to be something of a paradox. It was a pretty winter day.  There was no rain, a few clouds, the sun was out and it really wasn’t that cold, but the wind was ferocious.  Gales approaching 35 miles an hour sent the wind chill plummeting, whipped up the usually tranquid waves along the Bogue Banks and created a minor sandstorm on the beach.  So you might ask, why on earth did I go.  Well, I have found over the years that the best time for photography on the coast is when there is something going on with the weather, in this case, the wind. There is nothing more boring to me than to be on a beach with a camera on a bright, sunny, cloudless day. The second reason is that I like the beach in the winter; the sheer isolation of it and the pale, neutral tones.  I suppose you could say, I got what I was looking for.

The wind picked up shortly after daybreak bringing  out two hearty kite flyers who turned their backs to the blowing sand and sent their kites sailing over the ocean.

Even they gave up after a while as the wind began kicking up clouds of sand and driving it up the beach.

Fortunately, I had brought along a thick windbreaker, goggles and a stocking hat.  The camera, a Nikon D750 is well sealed but I took no chances, wrapping it and the 24-120mm f/4 lens in a large zip bag with only the front of the lens with UV filter attached, exposed to the elements.  All in all, an interesting outing that netted some decent keeper shots, but I was worn out.  Just standing up to the battering wind was exhausting, let alone trying to walk against it.  Thank you for visiting and looking.  Comments are always welcome. Have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

Wondering the Dunes at Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park is the site of a meticulously restored fort of the American Civil War, a museum quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline on the eastern tip of the Bogue Banks just off the North Carolina Coast.  The attraction for me is the vast shoreline. 

Just off the coast, one can see  manmade Radio Island, built from the seabed with sand dredged from the shipping channel to Morehead City.  It’s named for a radio station and antenna that operated on the island from 1940 until just after the turn of the century.  In the distance to the east  Shackleford Banks is visible.  It is home to a large herd of wild horses that date back centuries. It’s now closed to visitation.  Not visible but just beyond Shackleford Banks is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the Cape Lookout National Seashore, which with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and National Seashore to the North, comprise America’s longest park.  Thanks for the visit.  See you next time.

A Partly Cloudy Day At The Beach

All shots  in Manual mode.; Nikon D740, 24-`120 f/4 lens, Manual modes, f/16, ISO 400.  Light reading from the sky away from the sun and exposure locked.  No filters.

Some camera news this week:  Nikon finally released their full frame mirrorless camera.  Two models: the Z7 which packs 47 MP, shoots nine frames a second and the Z6 which weighs in with 24 MP and shoots 12 frames a second.

Photo courtesy of Nikon USA.  The Z6 with its companionn 24-70 mm lens and an F mount adaptor rings up at 2,746 dollars.  The Z7 with the same package comes in at a hefty 4,176 dollars.  Both packages come with battery and charger.  The big box cameras stores like B and H Photo Video in New York are now taking pre-orders if you are so inclined.  Full specs on both cameras at Nikon USA.  Thanks for the visit and the look. Happy shooting. See you next time.