Archives for May 2009

DLWS Outer Banks Catch Up

DLWS Outer Banks is over and the good times are now just a memory. The shoots were excellent, the group was great in their enthusiasm to be out and ready to go as early as 4:30am and stuck with us until well after 11:00pm each night. I did not blog regularly as I decided that I needed the few precious hours of sleep more. Here are the images from the rest of the week rolled into one…

We were rained out (only the second time that has happened in DLWS history) on Monday night. Now, normally we don’t let a little bit of rain stop us but there were severe thunder storms and a threat of tornados in the area so we decided that hanging out on the sand dunes was not a good idea. With 30+ people huddled into the only shelter we could find Joe worked his magic doing a lighting demonstration with our newest DLWS addition, Stephanie Cross.

Tuesday morning found us at the Manchese boat docks where we had the opportunity to photograph both working boats…


and the tired bones of those that were no longer seaworthy…


I found some really cool reflections and worked them for a bit…


We headed to Coquina Beach for sunset where I worked the sand fences that line the dunes.


Wednesday was lighthouse day with a visit to Cape Hatteras Light for sunrise where we found beautiful light and just the right amount of clouds to make an interesting image.


We wrapped up with our last shoot at Bodie Lighthouse capturing the last light of day creeping into twilight…


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Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 70-300mm VR (top three images), AF-S 14-24mm (beach image), AF-S 24-70mm (lighthouses) on Lexar Digital Media

DLWS Outer Banks Day 1 AM

We kicked off DLWS Outer Banks with a trip to the Currituck Lighthouse. The lighthouses that I have photographed in the past have all been closer to the water…either on the beach or a rocky cliff. This lighthouse is tucked in a forest so photographing the classic lighthouse shot was out. That’s ok because it gave us a new challenge. With the sun rising and some nice cloud patterns, I let the lighthouse & trees go to silhouette exposing for the sky.


Be sure to check out Moose, Joe & Kevin’s blogs this week to see more of our great adventure.

Image captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar Digital Media.

Scouting The Outer Banks

The DLWS gang arrived in the Outer Banks of No Carolina last night. We arrived at the hotel pretty late and once I got unpacked, I headed to bed. I could hear the crashing surf all night but had no idea what the view was like. This morning I awoke to this….


We headed out for a day of fun in the sun as we scouted a new location for all of us. Our first stop was Cape Hatteras Lighthouse…the tallest in No. America. Now remember, I am from Oregon and we have some pretty outstanding lighthouses but, I loved Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with it’s black and white spirals and the very cool base. the clouds were cooperative and made a beautiful backdrop for this majestic Lighthouse.


We then went inside and climbed the 248 stairs to the top. As we climbed you could hear our shutters going off like crazy as we captured the great light coming through the windows illuminating the interior nicely.


With much more area to scout off we went in search of another location. What we found was Bodie Lighthouse which was also a black and white lighthouse but with stripes rather than spirals. Once again the sky was great with wispy clouds. I pulled out the fisheye and did an HDR…handheld!


We stopped to check out a few beaches along the way. I love the sand fences with the late afternoon shadows. I knew that this was going to be an Infrared B&W image when I was creating it…NIK B&W Infrared that is.


For those of you enjoying our Workshop via our blogs, stay tuned, there is much more to come. And for those of you joining us, we can’t wait to share the new and wonderful locations we are discovering.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 14-24mm, AF-S 24-70mm, AF 16mm Fisheye and 24mm PC-E on Lexar Digital Media.