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.
For several years running, the Christmas day sunrise has been nothing short of spectacular here, to the point of becoming an almost spiritual thing. Not This year. We were greeted this morning with an overcast sky and patches of misty rain, the result of a warm front that marched through late yesterday and overnight. But the Christmas weekend was not a total washout.. Christmas Eve morning was a keeper. With the colder air, the scene could be from October. There were just enough clouds to reflect the warm morning light. I had seen the clouds moving in over the tall lob lolly pines from my kitchen window and grabbed my camera. No filters. Nikon D750 fitted with a 24-120mm f/4 lens. Iso 400, custom white balance, though Automatic on the 750 is quite good. Manual exposure. Spot metering. 1/125th of a second at f/22 which explains the slight flare to the sun. Best wishes to all for a great holiday and a safe and prosperous 2017.
I’ve posted many shots of the stately Live Oak that anchors the old Civil War Ear Cemetery on our farm, so in that regard this shot is nothing new but, of course, as the seasons change so does the view. I rather liked the eerie warm hues generated by the dawn light on this early December morning, contrasting the golden tones of the ripening soybeans in the field with the dissipating dark clouds in the North sky, while throwing the old tree into silhouette. I had taken the 812 warming filter with me that morning but on live view, it added a bit too much warmth so I took it off the lens. As with most of my efforts here on the farm, the light is the big star here. Nikon D800E. 18-35mm lens.
A Side Note! I usually post on Sundays but I had a rather horrific accident on Saturday evening. I had driven into the City of Kinston to photograph a new tribute to the role of Tobacco played in the economy here. On my way to the scene, I took a shortcut through a parking lot. I tripped on a raised area in the paved lot and crashed the left side of my face , my left eye in particular on the asphalt. By the time I got to the Emergency Room, the eye had swollen completely shut with only a purple golf ball size lump where my eye was. I was virtually certain I had fractured my skull and/or the orb of my left eye socket, but CT scans proved otherwise. There were no fractures. The doctors in the ER were as amazed as I was. Back home, I popped a handful of ibuprofen and began the ritual of 20 minutes of ice on the injured eye, 20 minutes off, and repeating that on into Saturday night and through Sunday. The swelling had been reduced by about half by Sunday morning and I could see out of the injured eye which, as one might suspect, was completely bloodshot. This and the swelling has left me with blurred vision in my left eye. A visit to the Eye MD this morning revealed no damage to the eyeball or to the implant in the injured eye. Now it’s just a matter of warm compresses to help the red eye dissolve and the rest of swelling to subside. Ah yes, so what happened to the brand new Nikon D750 I was carrying that day. It was in my right hand when I took my tumble and it struck the pavement with me. though it came out far better than I did. No dings, dents, or scratches. And yes, it still works. Nikon builds em tough. Moral of the story: when you’re out and about, watch where you’re going and pick your feet Up! God willing and I avoid falling into a hole somewhere, I’ll see you next time.
One of the oldest of Photography “Rules” is in play here. I say “Rules” because, of course, there are no rules ,and those that have been passed down come with the caveat, “made to be broken.” Over the years though, I’ve found this one is worth remembering: when all else fails, get low! As it was, this was no shot at all when I first saw it. The distant dark tree line swallowed the scene. But by getting low, the high grass stalks met that incredible orange of the dawn sky and bingo, a scene worth capturing. I thought it was a rather pleasing shot. So did my followers on flickr. It got a lot of hits and faves and so forth. I decided to put it on my web site and sold a small print the first day. So, a worthwhile photography that all came about because I “went low.” Mind you, “getting low” is not something I do much of these days. At my age, getting low is one thing, getting back vertical is quite another, but this shot made even the complaining knees worth it. Nikon D800E. 18-35mm lens. Thanks for the look and have a great week.
A rather dramatic sunrise in the bean field. Within a minute or so, the golden glow in the sky will be gone, leaving just a white disk of a sun and a lot of bright light. The trick is to be there before the big show. My rules for sunrise shots: Get your gear ready the night before even to the point of making the settings on your camera. For me, usually f/16-f/22, iso 400, manual exposure, spot metering. Set your alarm early enough to allow you time to get to your destination. When it goes off, go outside and check the sky. If there are no clouds, and you live near your destination, go back to sleep. If you are at an exotic location or on vacation etc, get going regardless. You may not be back. Once there, work quickly, the sun will not wait for you. It really helps to case your location ahead of time to pre-plan shooting points. One final tip: be there. s for the visit. See you next time.
The remnants of the summer growing season welcome a late October Sunrise. The remains of a sweet corn patch are in the left foreground. Ripening soybeans are to the right. The grove of Live Oaks that shelter a civil war era cemetery serve to tone down the intensity of the sunlight preventing a blowout of the scene. A rather easy shot but it all hinges on the metering. I used spot metering taking my reading to the right of the sun and locking the exposure. Manual exposure, f/22 to create the star effect, iso of 400. Raw conversion in Photoshop Elements 14. Shots like this don’t work so well with no clouds which diffuse the light creating orange, yellow tones in the sky. No filters. Nikon D 800E. 18-35mm lens. Thanks for the visit and have a great week.