Photo Of The Day: Soundside

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Currituck Sound in afternoon sun.  The view is to the Southwest.  Far distant lies  the Kitty Hawk To Point Harbor Bridge to the mainland.  I would guess that’s how most visitors cross to the outer banks.  I always come up from the south taking the Virginia Dare Bridge to Roanoke Island and Manteo then  up through Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores to Duck.  Doesn’t matter how you get here….just get here.  I make a few trips during the season but my favorite time is after Labor Day and in the Winter.  It’s a far from the madding crowd thing for me in my old age. Wherever you are, have a great weekend and a magnificent evening.

Photo Of The Day: Point Harbor from Duck

00090.obx.12.13_edited-1Shooting the sun at f/22 will always give you a nice sunstar.  The number of radials depends  on the lens.  Shot from the boardwalk at Duck on New Years Day.  That’s seagrass in the foreground.  Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.  And…Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!

Photo Of The Day: The Gazebo At Duck

Gazebo at Duck Posted to Flickr March 31, 2014The walkway to the Gazebo and the interior were victims of one of the more recent hurricanes that have blasted through here.  Might have been Irene. Now its just a landmark along the shore of the Currituck Sound. I must have waited for 15 or 20 minutes for the sun glow on the water to reach the point I wanted.  One of my better shots from the winter I think.  Nikon D600/ 24-120 f4 lens.

Lots of nasty weather blowing through here tonight. Time was, we only worried about Hurricanes here.  Now with the crazy weather, Tornadoes are becoming much more common.  There were several warnings this evening. It’s like somebody moved Kansas to North Carolina.  When did that happen?

Thanks for the look in and have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day: Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure Posted to Flickr March 5, 2014   Golden Sea Grass hugs the shoreline with Currituck Sound just North of Duck, North Carolina.  The view is to the north and illustrates the vastness of the Sound.  Click on the Photograph for a larger loook.  Taken in the late afternoon light.  Aside from some sharpening, this is pretty much straight out of the camera.  Nikon D600 24mm lens.

Photo Of The Day: Mallards at Duck

Mallards at Duck Blogged March 24, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Duck on a sunset cruise  at where else?  Duck, N.C.  Shot right off the new boardwalk at Duck.

Nikon D600 24-120mm f/4 lens

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I’ve always had an obsession about sharp images.  So much so that often I go too far with it and have to soften things up.  The checklist for making sure your images are sharp has always been the same…film or digital:   Always use a tripod, Shutter speed, Aperture ( f8-f11),  ISO, Focus, Good lenses, knowing the lens sweet spot and, most importantly take care of your eyes.

I’ve had four operations on my eyes to enable me to see (I was 20/400) and I go back to see my miracle worker of an Eye Surgeon every year.   Each year for the past 4 or 5 years, he’d update my prescription and tell me it’s such a tiny change, it isn’t worth spending the money for new lenses so I didn’t.  I started wondering a month ago whether all those minor changes in my prescription could, over the span of five years, add up to something substantial.   The long and the short of it is, not as much as I thought but enough to make things sharper.   I bought a new set of lenses  for my glasses.  What an amazing difference.  For the last few days, I’ve been walking around looking at everything again.   I got new frames too: Ted Bakers which are more of a round shape that offer  a larger field of view.  That’s really important if you wear progressive lenses like I do.  Those small, rectangular frames all the optical stores sell  that are all the rage now just don’t work  well with progressives.  So, want sharper images, use the checklist and remember, good glass (camera lenses) is expensive but  worth every nickel.  So are your eyes and unlike a camera lens, they cannot be replaced.

See you next time. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

 

 

 

Photo Of The Day: Sea Oates and Pines

Blogged March 22, 2014  Golden Sea Oates bend with the breeze amidst a growth of young pines on the eastern shore of Currituck Sound at Duck, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. It was a very cool day in January when I took the shot so I used an 812 warming filter to warm the colors a bit. Click on the photograph for a larger view.  Nikon D600/ 24-120mm f/4 lens.

If you haven’t visited Duck lately, you should.  The town has built a wonderful boardwalk along the eastern shoreline affording spectacular views of wildlife and the Currituck Sound.

Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend.