Day Three Hundred Thirtyfive

•May 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

OK, so my last post was in November of 2017 – and this was supposed to be an image a day in 2012…so much for that!  But with a renewed energy to keep this going – I have a number of images lined up to get the last 31 images posted!!

First Flight

Today’s image is one of several I’ll be posting from recent trips to Ocracoke Island.  It’s a quaint island with lots of charm and beautiful shoreline with plenty of shells, birds, and amazing “golden hours”.  When you get up at the crack of dawn (like my Mom always loved to do), you get to see some amazing and beautiful skies.  Each morning paints new colors and patterns as the sun awakes and makes its way above the horizon.  I called this First Flight – the sun peaks above some low lying clouds as a pelican gets ready to fish for some breakfast.

 

Day Three Hundred Thirtyfour

•November 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Continuing on images from our recent cruise, Day 334 is an early morning capture of our approach to Amber Cove on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.  The early morning fog settling into the cove gave this image a mystic air.  While you might think having all wonderful sunny days on a cruise is ideal – I for one like a mix of different weather conditions that can provide unique and interesting views of the islands and sea – always and forever changing.

Amber Cover, Dominican Republic

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G set at 18mm, f/4.5, 1/80s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 400)

Day Three Hundred Thirtythree

•November 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Well – started Photo Project 366 in 2012 – can I finish before 2018?  For Day 333, I’m posting an image of a beautiful Atlantic sunrise at sea.  Bonnie and I were enjoying our first cruise in 8 years, sailing on the Crown Princess. Stepping out onto our balcony, I set up to capture what the morning was to offer.  Initially, it was a bit disappointing as the mist and cloud cover looked as if the morning might be a bust, but with a little patience, the sky came through!  Sunrises at sea will almost never disappoint (or for that matter, sunsets!).

Atlantic Sunrise at Sea

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G set at 55mm, f/10, 1/400s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100)

Day Three Hundred Thirtytwo

•May 29, 2017 • 1 Comment

For Day 332, I revisit a subject I photographed way back on Day 310 and Day 311 – The Majestic 611 Steam Engine.  This was basically another “right place at the right time” chance as Bonnie and I were on our way home from a Newport News vacation over Memorial Day weekend.  We left with no schedule in mind, and took the back roads home across southern Virginia. As we passed through Roanoke, we picked up on a tweet about times the 611 excursion was passing by the Cambria Depot in Christiansburg.  We had just enough time to make it near the station based on the estimated passing time – so we took a chance.  Luck was with us as we arrived with plenty of time to spare, meeting a number of dedicated train chasers from all over the country.   I had my gear on hand and set up with the rest of the enthusiasts and caught a few images…We even had a freight train “meet up” on the south bound tracks – a very cool moment!  Click on the Day 310 link above to read more about the J Class #611 Queen of Steam…

J Class 611 Headed North

The 611 Arrives in Christiansburg

The Last Excursion Car…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camera details (top): Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 35mm f1.8G set at 35mm, f/7.1, 1/200s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 200)

Camera details (middle): Nikon D3200; Lens:  VR 55 – 300mm f4.5-5.6G set at 280mm, f/5.6, 1/500s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 110)

Camera details (bottom): Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 35mm f1.8G set at 35mm, f/8, 1/250s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 200)

 

Day Three Hundred Thirtyone

•May 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The spring weather in southwest Virginia has been a bit of a roller coaster – hot, cold, windy, wet, and repeat!  Bonnie and I headed to Floyd County and then traveled south along the Blue Ridge Parkway as the rainy weather of this past week broke.  The breaking weather provided some interesting light conditions with clouds and shadows across the lush greenery of spring.  This image is taken from Rocky Knob (elv 3572 ft), Saddle overlook around mile 170 looking towards the east and the town of Woolwine.

Saddle Overlook – Blue Ridge Parkway

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 35mm f1.8G set at 35mm, f/9, 1/320s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100)

Day Three Hundred Thirty

•April 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Our annual visit to Gatlinburg was abruptly canceled when the town was surrounded by devastating wildfires and hurricane force winds.  The Chimney Tops 2 wildfire was the worst fire in Tennessee history.  We did get an opportunity a few weeks after the fires to visit the town on a quick day trip.  While the downtown area was pretty much in tact, the devastation in the surrounding areas was heart breaking.  A few shops and motels we had frequented in the town did succumb to the fires.  I chose this image for day 330 of a fountain in The Village Shops area near The Donut Friar.  The fire in this image is contained and dancing along side the water of the fountain.

Dancing Fire and Water

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G set at 180mm, f/5, 1/250s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 800)

Day Three Hundred Twentynine

•March 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Pelicans in flight over the Pamlico Sound.  Traveling from Ocracoke to Hatteras you can capture numerous species of birds in flight.  Pelicans are fun to watch – as they skim over the sea in search of a tasty meal – then pull up and dive vertically into the water to grab their favorite fish of the day!  This group was heading northwest, not sure why – maybe they just finished a successful fishing adventure and were heading across the sound to the marshes?

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Pelicans in flight

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G set at 80mm, f/9, 1/320s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100)

Day Three Hundred Twentyeight

•February 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

For Day 328, I stay with images from our Ocracoke trip.  Being on the Outer Banks near the end of October is an awesome time to four-wheel on the beach, hunt for shells, and just sit and enjoy the ocean.  I had time to just sit and read some Steven King, with the sound of the ocean in the back ground, the gentle salty breeze wafting by.  I would take a break and stare at the horizon, or watch a pelican dive into the surf to collect some lunch.  For this image, I grabbed my fish-eye to see what kind of shoreline images I could capture.

Foaming Surf at Ocracoke

Foaming Surf at Ocracoke

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  10.5 mm f2.8G set at 10.5mm, f/10, 1/400s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 100)

Day Three Hundred Twentyseven

•October 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I mentioned in Day 326 the potential for unique presentations of shadow and light during the golden hour (Sunrise or sunset).  On that same morning the sunrise was providing interesting lighting on a variety of objects, including this seagull.  A golden coat for this ordinary gull giving it a more majestic look…

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Majestic Golden Gull

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 55-300mm f4.5-5,6G set at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 360)

Day Three Hundred Twentysix

•October 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Sunrises (or sunsets) over the ocean have always been a favorite of mine – the golden hour…sometimes the sun takes center stage, but other times you need to look in other directions to see what kind of mixture of shadow and light are presented.  On this occasion the sun and ocean took center stage, and for Day 326, I chose this image.  Taken during the early hours of a beautiful October morning on Ocracoke Island.  As I looked through my images from that morning – this one caught my eye – I didn’t touch it – no cropping, no adjustments of any kind – this is what I captured…

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A New Day Arrives on Ocracoke Island

Camera details: Nikon D7100; Lens:  VR 55-300mm f4.5-5,6G set at 55mm, f/8, 1/250s Shutter Speed, ISO Sensitivity: Auto (ISO 125)