I hope Spring has caught up in your neck of the woods. It has here in Southeastern North Carolina. Just in time to provide a much needed distraction from my aching neck and tingling arms and fingers. It’s all about spending too much time at the computer in an ill advised chair fooling around with photographs. So I did what any photographer would do. I got outside with the camera and went to work. These were all taken here in the 75 year old Azalea garden where giant Formosa Azalea’s have the run of the place.
A new chair and a more intelligent location for my keyboard and mouse no doubt spurred my recovery but I have to believe Spring had more to do with it. It made me think of the old days with film. You shot your 36 exposures, sent it off for processing and went on about your business. Digital photography is marvelous. Processing pictures is almost, almost as much fun to me as taking them, but somewhere the balance got upended. I’ve been spending more time staring at the screen than out taking photographs. I’m sure winter had something to do with it, but now it’s time to get outside more and limit my time staring at a screen. If I forget, my neck and aching shoulders will serve as a reminder. Thanks for the look. Have a good week ahead. See you next time.
My sense is that all living things crave it, the solace of isolation. When I was working, it was often expressed as “Quality Quiet Time;” a chance to escape the spotlight of your own circumstance. Edward Hopper’s “Automat” conveys that message to me as does the scene above. There wasn’t another sea gull within sight when I came upon this guy, soaking up the warmth of the coming dawn, a calm, peaceful moment, alone with himself.
This lady above had given me a slight nod when she walked by with her dog, no doubt a daily ritual. When I framed the shot, my thoughts went to Hopper, Wyeth and Warhol. I grew up in a family of painters. I was told once that people who can’t paint go into photography. I couldn’t so i did. Even so, I think the rub-off has served me well. I was still roaming the beach, no doubt looking for my own solace, when she returned; her Lab glistening from a splash in the ocean. We struck up a conversation. She and her husband had just relocated from up north and were refurbishing a house a few blocks off the beach. It reinforced my belief that people who come to the beach, regardless of their station in life, all have the civility of a small town. I suppose the moral of the morning was, place no trust in appearances. Thanks for the look and have a good week. 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.
The dawn breaks along the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. This was several days after Hurricane Hermine had blown by and the morning sky is still filled with spectacular could formations. Nikon D800E. 18-35mm Lens.
Blooming tobacco in an Eastern North Carolina farm field. Tobacco isn’t what it used to be in North Carolina but it is still very much in evidence. This was a small patch or allotment on a small farm near the coast. The flowers will be removed; “topped” is the word used in the field. It allows the plant to fill out and mature. Leaves are harvested from the bottom up. Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.
I don’t usually venture out for a sunset shot here. The sight lines are such that I have to hike up to the far end of the field to get a nice long, unobstructed view and even then the tree line comes into play before the sun hits the pure horizon. But as we all know, there are no rules. The sun was just about to drop below the tree line when I turned the corner into the open fields and the light was fading fast. Not enough time to make the trek to the other end of the field so I quickly fired off two shots with the D800E. I know, its on the dark side but I really do like the light and shadow play on the soybeans.
If you’re wondering what on earth are soybeans doing in the field in January, the answer is…..Rain. We’ve had two weeks of heavy rain over the past 20 days and the ground is like soup. Far too wet to get the harvest machines into the field. Like most places in the Southeast USA, the weather has just been crazy.
I’m such a sucker for this abandoned structure in the Currituck Sound at Duck, NC. I must have taken a hundred shots at various angle at different times of the day and I still find myself drawn to it. In its day, this offered a magnificent view of the Sound until a hurricane took out the walkway and the floor of the structure. Amazingly, the roof has survived. I can’t remember if it was Hurricane Isabel or Irene. This is taken in late afternoon light in mid September. Now, its left to the Sea Gulls. Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.