The array of sand fences on the point at Lands End on Emerald Isle, North Carolina serve as a heads up that you’re running out of beach. Ten years ago, none of this was here. Lands End ended at a cliff about a hundred yards up the beach where a house was hanging on thanks to a wall of sandbags at its foundation. Ironically, the house was saved by assorted Nor’easters, Hurricanes and the like, which over the ensuing years brought the beach back. There is no better proof that the Outer Banks, which is a vast sand bar, is constantly undergoing change. When you buy property and build a house on it, you pays your money and you takes your chances.
When you first see “The Point,” it has the look of a vast flat, desert with an ocean around it. There are few dunes and very little in the way of vegetation; just a long, very wide beach. Four Wheel Drive vehicles are permitted on the beach but only from mid September to the end of April. 100 bucks for a “yearly” permit if you are a non-resident. It was cold and incredibly windy when I was there this past weekend. My shivering hands may explain the crooked horizon line. There were no clouds…just bright blue skies and a wicked sun which made for some interesting shadow lines around the sand fences. I plan to convert this to black and white. I think the tonality of the shot will lend itself quite well to monochrome. Shot with a Nikon D800E with a very low ISO, aperture at F/22, manual program and a quick shutter. I used a Nikon 20-120mm F/4 lens. If Santa drops off this lens at your house on Christmas Day, you’ll be a happy shooter. Have a Great Christmas. See you next time.
Late afternoon on the beach at Duck, North Carolina. The sunlight through the clouds gives a warm hue to the Dunes.
I’ve been busy replacing several of my external drives and transferring photo files from the old to the new. When I first started using external drives for photo backup, 500gb was a lot of storage for a reasonable price. I just put in service two expansion drives, each with 5 tb of capacity. And both were cheaper than what I paid for the two 500 gb drives back in the day. I just hope they prove to be as reliable. The new drives are faster too, using USB 3 speeds. I was done with the transfers in a matter of a few hours. Tech marches on.
So is summer and I’ll be applauding when it finally departs. Enough with the heat already. Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.
Like soldiers standing guard, the Sand Fences protect the vital barrier dunes. New arrivals have come to reinforce those who have done their duty. Late fall on the beach at Duck, North Carolina. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.
I’m always attracted to the various textures at play along the soundside of Duck. Close in to the shoreline, the water is so still it mirrors the sky while further out, the wind creates brush strokes on the water. A very peaceful scene compared with the raging Atlantic on the other coast but not always. This old tree with its rootball serves notice that violent weather is often a visitor here. Click on the photograph for a larger view. Thanks to all who visit. I wish for you a very peaceful weekend. See you next time.
The ocean heads for high tide on the beach at Duck, North Carolina.
For me, September has always marked the start of a new year much more so than January. Vacation season is over for most, kids are heading back to classes, the weather begins to change, the politicians start with their nasty campaign ads hoping to go back for another go at screwing everything up and so on and so on. For us here, it signals the end of another long, hot, summer growing season and we get to relax a bit so I’m heading for the Outer Banks. I usually have been able to get a way for a few days to the coast during the summer but not this year. I’m overdue. Many acquaintances to renew. I’m taking the cameras and if the weather offers up a little cooperation, I’ll get some shooting in. It’s pretty stormy here in Eastern NC and it appears the nastiness will carry over into next week. If so, I’m prepared. I’ll nurse the single malt and finish up the two books that have gotten tired sitting on my nightstand. I’m nearing the age, what ever that is, where the thought of just declaring myself old and staying home till the long snooze kicks in flashes in my mind sort of like a lightning bug blinking in the summer evening. Then finally, fall arrives, I head to Duck and the recharge begins. There’s internet where I go but I purposely don’t hook up. No distractions. Just a good, complete recharge. See you late next week maybe with some decent shots. In the meantime, Happy New Year.
The 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?
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
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.