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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Monochrome Monday: Clamming at Low Tide

This kind lady from Shallotte, North Carolina graciously allowed me to photograph her as she raked for clams late in the afternoon, just after low tide, on the Intracostal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Clamming at Low Tide 1
Clamming at Low Tide 1
Clamming at Low Tide 2
Clamming at Low Tide 2

Have a great day!

C. S.

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

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Cheers,

Sam

Dramatic Seascapes from Ocean Isle Beach Part 1, 2 pics

The east end of Ocean Isle Beach remains undeveloped and retains much of the characteristics of a southeastern US barrier island.  This seascape is forever changing, and each time I visit, there is some new to discover .  Below is a view of a tidal pool looking from the Intracostal Waterway side of the island back towards the seaward side.

Ocean Isle Beach Tide Pool Composition
Ocean Isle Beach Tide Pool Composition

 

Below is a sunrise view looking east towards Holden Beach, another North Carolina barrier island.

East Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise
East Ocean Isle Beach Sunrise

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Cheers,

C. S.