Thanksgiving sunrise at Nags Head

An initially pretty but fairly standard sunrise became quite spectacular when the light revealed squalls and came down in rays through the clouds.

Figure 1. Blue hour gives way to pink. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Figure 1 was taken at 6:22 a.m. 38 mm. at f/10, ISO 100, 10 seconds. The lengthy exposure has softened the waves into gentle patches of white.

Figure 2. Jogger and birds, 7:12 a.m. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Things got really busy around 7:15 a.m. A series of patchy squalls came in, even though the sun was bright and well above the clouds shining down with rays at 7:12 a.m. (figure 2). That jogger was destined to get wet. 70 mm at f/ 9, 1/15 second, ISO 200, settings adjusted to capture detail in the water. You’ll see the ISO go up as it got darker!

Figure 3. Squalls at sea, 7:15 a.m. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Figure 3, taken at 7:15 a.m., reveals the many squalls on the horizon and one much closer. 70 mm at f/ 8, 1/40 second, ISO 400.

Figure 4. Squall at shore. 7:18 a.m. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Figure 4 shows the situation a few minutes later as the nearest squall dropped a heavy rain as it passed overhead. 200 mm at 1/50 second, ISO 800, f/ 7.1. I’d grabbed the Nikkor 70-200 mm f/ 2.8 lens by this point and shot this hand-held. The others were taken on a tripod with the Nikkor 24-70 mm f/ 2.8.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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