Twilight Cool!

During our family vacation at Ocean Isle Beach last July, we made our traditional sunset visit to the local pier.  I quickly noticed a different light characteristic than what I was used to.  The light was noticeably cooler.  Later I remembered this visit was a little later than usual, the sun had just set at the horizon.

Ocean Isle Beach West Sunset 1
Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 1

As sunset approaches the kelvin temperature of light typically drops resulting in the “golden hour” light.  But after sunset, the kelvin temperature rise back up, cooling things off.  As in sunrise, this transition point offers a great range of color temperatures. Warm yellow and orange, sun touched tonality sits just above cooler magenta and purple tonality just out of reach of the sun’s rays.

Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 2
Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 2

Shooting at twilight required use of a much higher ISO, this series was shot between 2000 – 3200 ISO.  Though my Nikon D750 does a nice job with higher ISO noise reduction, this series still required some noise and moire reduction processing.  After applying an Ektachrome slide film emulation the remaining noise was seamlessly blended into the film grain structure.

Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 3
Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 3

Below, I included a 2015 photo of the same scene taken 20 minutes earlier in the day, just before sunset.  It’s a great example of the lighting change from just before sunset, to just after – twilight time.

Ocean Isle Beach West Sunset
Ocean Isle Beach West Sunset

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Cheers,

C. S.

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Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascapes, part 2

Part two of the lovely sunrise captured at Ocean Isle Beach.  This post includes a couple of monochrome compositions as well.  While the lovely color hues are a significant feature in the color compositions, the monochromes elevate the interesting patterns and textures of the clouds and tidal morning seascape.

Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 4
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 4
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 6
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 6
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 3
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 3
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 5
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 5

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Cheers,

Sam

Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascapes, part 1

These lovely sunrise images were captured last week while on vacation at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  The view is from the east end of this barrier island looking across the channel to Holden Beach, another in a series of North Carolina barrier islands. Mother Nature’s display this morning was quite spectacular!

Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 1
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 1
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 2
Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise Seascape 2

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

Sam

Monochrome Monday: Garnet Snow Sculpture

When I originally photographed this stately Garnet Japanese Maple last November, I knew I would return in in winter to take some leafless, branching compositions.  When I did eventually return, it was actually the second day of spring, which coincided with a snow shower.

Garnet Snow Sculpture Horizontal
Garnet Snow Sculpture Horizontal
Garnet Snow Sculpture Vertical
Garnet Snow Sculpture Vertical

These compositions are best viewed by clicking on an image to see a high resolution version (you’ll appreciate the snow flakes).  I do believe warm weather will eventually return!

Cheers,

C. S.

Caswell County Countrysides, 2 pics

Here are a couple of lovely country landscapes to wrap up my series on Caswell County.

Caswell County Countryside Composition 2
Caswell County Countryside Composition 2
Caswell County Countryside Composition 1
Caswell County Countryside Composition 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

Jacob Branch Compositions, 2 pics

Since backpacking in South Mountain State Park a few years ago (near Hickory, NC), I’ve wanted to return to the Jacob Branch water features and capture their beauty.  This has been especially true since I recently purchased a 3 stop neutral density filter to go with my new wide angle lens.  This morning I got up at early to beat the fall color spectators to the park.

Jacob Branch Composition 1
Jacob Branch Composition 1

I wanted to capture the High Shoal Falls waterfall, which is the primary point of interest for most day hikers in the park.   It looked like the best shot of the falls was on the other side of the stream.  Unfortunately, the aggressive terrain and large boulders didn’t offer a safe means across.  I traveled back downstream a few hundred yards and precariously bouldered my way over to a section of the stream quite audible, but not visible from the trail.  There I found a great location and captured the images in this post.

Jacob Branch Composition 2
Jacob Branch Composition 2

With my neutral density filter, I ended up with exposures around 20 seconds, at f16 and ISO 250.  To recompose, I was able to keep my ND filter on by using my camera’s live view mode at f2.8.  Though I’m pleased with these images, I’ll need more practice to perfect my technique with this filter. I didn’t make it to the other side of High Shoal Falls today.  I’ll plan to return in the spring. Hope you enjoy!

Caswell County Matinee II – 2 pics

Caswell County Clouds
Caswell County Clouds

These two images are from the second show featured during the Caswell County Matinee I introduced you to several weeks ago.  The second show was just a dramatic and spectacular as the first!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Farm Sunset on Hwy 150
Farm Sunset on Hwy 150

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