There are many fishing boats that ply the waters off the Outer Banks. One was a regular fixture at dawn. The morning of last 26 November offered a stunning light show at dawn in which our trawler was a fixture. A bright red covering half the sky deeply colored the ocean, which was smooth enough to reflect the color strongly. The swash of the waves created a scalloped pattern along the beach, and the clouds directly in front of the sun have an electric red lining (figure 1).

Oh, and V.

Figure 1. Trawler at dawn off Nags Head, NC. Photo: author.

But a few moments later, the reds had diminished and there was a good opportunity to zoom in to 200 mm and capture the trawler against a blue and pinkish orange canvas.

Figure 2. Trawler at dawn off Nags Head, NC. Photo: author.

But the piece to resist had already been captured a few minutes earlier (figure 3) at 135 mm. In retrospect that was the highpoint of the morning with deep reds in the sky turning the entire ocean a coral color.

Figure 3. Trawler at dawn off Nags Head, NC. Photo: author.

Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor Z 24-200 mm f/4-6.3 lens.

Figure 1. 51 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/3 s. 6:44:27 a.m.
Figure 2. 200 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/3 s. 6:45:14 a.m.
Figure 3, 3a. 135 mm, f/8, ISO 64, 1/2 s. 6:43:06 a.m.

All edited in Apple Photos. Figure 3 has been warmed a little, and I brought the shadows up: but I added no red tint. Here’s the jpeg directly from the unedited RAW image.

Figure 3a. Trawler at dawn off Nags Head, NC. Unedited jpeg from RAW image. Photo: author.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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