Since we stay in Nags Head when we visit the Outer Banks and since we take the ferry to Ocracoke each time, we commonly find ourselves back at the ferry landing in Hatteras about sunset. This year however, we went over a little early on 22 November and returned somewhat before sunset, so we walked over to the Atlantic side beach across the street from the landing.

Figure 1. Evening patrol. Hatteras, N.C. Photo: author.

There we saw pelicans on their accustomed evening patrol, their forms vaguely reflected darkly in the wall of the wave about to break. The image is compressed because the lens was at 200 mm. So the middle bird was in no danger of being sprayed by the crashing wave.

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

Figure 1. 200 mm, f/6.3, ISO 1000, 1/800 s.

Edited in Luminar AI.

Prize for reading this far: same beach on 23 November 2020, 1.5 hours later, much stiffer breeze (figure 2):

Figure 2. Reward to the just. Hatteras sunset, 23 November 2020. Photo: author.

Nikon D3400 with Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens.

Figure 2. 70 mm, f/14, ISO 400, 1/160.

Cleaned up and edited in DxO, which did a better job than Luminar AI.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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