It’s not the hall of columns at Karnak, but the concrete pilings of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina, nevertheless have a dignified substantiality lacking, perhaps, in the wooden pilings one usually sees elsewhere.

Figure 1. Surf hitting pilings of Jennette’s Pier. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

The 23rd of November, 2021, saw a storm blowing in from the north and east at Nags Head, and the surf was reasonably rough. I had wanted to get a shot down the pilings of a pier: soon or late all photographers come as pilgrims to such an image. And it was Thanksgiving week, after all.

The image is heavily cropped, for two reasons. First, I wanted to concentrate, nay, ‘focus’ on the spray shooting up between the pilings. There is drama there. Yet the surf strikes the pier fairly far out since the shore is shallow here, and I had only a 24-70 zoom. Second, I wanted to emphasize the Karnak-y stateliness of the rhythmic pattern of the pilings. So I put the light at the center of the original photo and minimized distractions from a single-point perspective.

The image could have been cropped further (figure 1a) but it gets appreciably softer:

Figure 1a. Surf hitting pilings of Jennette’s Pier. Additionally croped. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

The uncropped image has its interest, too as a forest scene (figure 2, unedited).

Figure 2. Surf hitting pilings of Jennette’s Pier. Alternate view, uncropped. Nags Head, N.C. Photo: author.

The pier is constructed in such a way that it is not possible to get a shot with perfect symmetry down the central axis.

Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens.

Figures 1, 1a, 2. 70 mm, f/14, ISO 400, 1/100 s.

Figure 1 edited with Luminar AI; Figure 2 with Apple Photos; figure 3 jpeg created directly from RAW image by Apple Photos.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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