Rain and total overcast for the last several days! Today, however, mildly promising atmospherics delivered some unexpectedly good views.

Figure 1. Seagull at sunrise. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

The seagull in figure 1 has no right being as sharp as it is. It should have been a dim grey blur at best, but it was flying into the 20+ mph wind coming from the left and was, apart from some wing flap, nearly stationary during my shot. This was fortuitous. The sun is something like half-way over the horizon here.

Figure 2. Long exposure below waterline. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Every time I go out to take some shots right at the waterline I end up bagnato, as the Italians would say, with an unexpectedly strong wave rushing up over my shoes. The camera loves this sort of thing, since (as you see: figure 2) a long exposure over water has some charm. In this case, it’s like a foot over water, on the tripod.

Figure 3. Nags Head beach showing effects of storm. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

Figure 3 is overexposed for the sunrise and deliberately focused on the fence (not that it matters much at f/8, 14 mm). I took a bright shot to remind myself (and show you) the effects of the storm yesterday and last night on the beach. This shot is from what on any other day would be way up the beach in the berm that serves as a hurricane barrier. You see that during the storm the waves came just up to the nearest stakes and pooled around them.

The beach is admirably free of the tire tracks of the folks who drive along the beach just to leave them (one thinks of a dog and a fire hydrant). Mine are the only footprints, leading down to the waterline for my earlier sunrise photos. I am evidently doing what the National Parks admonition wants: taking only pictures, leaving only footprints.

Tomorrow we head back on the long trip to Scranton, where there is surprisingly little beach to photograph. But maybe I’ll get a good sunrise before we head out.

Figure 1: ISO 64, f/8, 1/30 s, 24 mm.

Figure 2: ISO 64, f/8, 2.5 s, 14 mm.

Figure 3: ISO 64, f/8, 1/8 s, 14 mm.

All captured with Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 lens with FTZ adaptor.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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