Same day; 2 views.

Sunrise May 10, 2017

A few moments after Sunrise and the Eastern sky has a distinct South West Flavor to it but just over 8 hours later, a view to the North has a totally different color pallet.   Even the sour grass which appears red in the foreground shadows above looks totally different by mid afternoon.  I suppose the moral of the story is, don’t forget to go back and take another look.

Both shots taken with a Nikon D800e and a 18-35mm lens.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.  See you next time.

Photo Of The Week: Christmas Eve Sunrise

Blogged December 25, 2016

Sunrise December 24, 2016


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.

Photo Of The Week: Sourgrass


It dots the fields in Eastern North Carolina every spring.  It’s sourgrass, a decidedly red, wild grass.  Stick a sprig between your teeth and you’ll think you are sucking on a very potent sour ball.  Highly photogenic, the bright red sour grass gives a nice foreground for otherwise blah landscape shots of the field at sunrise.  Spot Metering, ISO 400, f/22 using a Nikon 18-35mm lens on a D800E camera. Click on the photo for a larger view and thanks for the look.

Photo Of The Day: Pink Clouds


It’s the time of year when we really get the best pre-dawn skies.  Probably something to do with the clouds, the warmer air and the cold ground or vice versa.  This one has the look of an artist who has dabbed pink highlights on the gray clouds that had moved in from the ocean to the east. Of course the sky is the star of the show.  There’s nothing but the stubble of last year’s cotton crop on the ground.  When it looks like this though, the sky is enough I think.  Have a great weekend everybody and thanks for the look.

Nikon D600/ 35mm lens.

Photo Of The Day: The Ocean at the End Of The Field


An indication of how much rain we’ve had here. I can’t remember when this low spot in Twilight Field was dry.  We had four inches of rain over the weekend with more coming this week.  It makes for a nice anchor, no pun intended, for a field shot but I’m really longing for a nice dry spell.


I just got word from Nikon that my D600 has been repaired and is on the way back to me.  To recap a bit, Nikon sent out a service advisory on the D600 saying it would clean the sensor and replace the shutter mechanism for no charge and no shipping charge regardless of whether the camera is under warranty.  It’s in response to the continuing drumbeat of complaints about the camera being prone to dust and oil splatter.

Many who sent their D600 in prior to the recall reported that the dust and oil problem was still there when they got it back.  It’ll be interesting to see what the story is for mine.  I can report now that true to its word, Nikon did not charge me for the service.  Watch this space for further details.Thanks for the look and have a great evening. .

Cotton In The Field.

I’ve been going some of my archives of Raw images I had never processed and discovering a few gems.   This one is from mid November of 2011.  The sun is nearing sunset in the South East Sky casting a rather eerie glow across the cotton field.  Thanks for the look and have a great evening.

Requiem For Summer

The first crop of Sunflowers here which we always leave for the Wildlife.  This was shot just after Daybreak in a very dense fog using a circular polarizer to pop the color.  The combination gives the scene a sort of other worldly look.   Thanks for the look and have a great evening.