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Wild Horse Expedition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:04

Recently, Ray Matthews, and Jay Wickens, and I joined photography and natural history expert Jared Lloyd for a full day photo expedition to photograph the wild horses of Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout, and Beaufort area of North Carolina.  Leaving Beaufort before dawn, we boated for about one hour to the east end on Shackleford Banks, near the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  The horses swim between islets to graze whatever grasses they can find.  We anchored and waded onto these sandbars to find the best angles on the horses.  After a lunch back in Beaufort, we crossed the narrow channel to Carrot Island.  There we found twenty two horses grazing in a tidal marsh.  We were treated to several challenges as stallions made the move on other's mares.

Jared explained that the horses eat the spartina grass in the tidal marsh, but must drink from a fresh water hole about 100 yards away.  It is often when a mare walks to the fresh water that the challenges occur.  The "infringed" stallion will run at the challenger, hooves will fly and they will bite at each other.  In seconds, one will back down.  The stallion then lowers his head and runs behind his mare, pushing her back to his safekeeping.

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Horses graze under a gorgeous sky during a spring afternoon on Carrot Island. With a charge and some high hooves, order is restored to the equine politics on Carrot Island.
Wild horses run through a marsh on Carrot Island. Wild horses run through a marsh on Carrot Island.
This horse seems to welcome visitors to Cape Lookout. A stallion swims between islands on Shackleford Banks, near Cape Lookout.

A wild horse with a wild mane, on Carrot Island.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 18:17
 
Jane Wicker, Wing Walker PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 June 2013 17:03
Jane Wicker, Wing WalkerWing walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker were killed in a fiery crash at Vectren Air Show near Dayton, OH on Saturday, June 22, 2013.  Blue skies, Jane and Charlie, and deepest sympathies to their families and friends.

This image of Wicker's performance was made March 24, 2013 in Punta Gorda, FL.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 23 June 2013 11:43
 
Avalon Under Repair 2746 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 June 2013 18:29

Crews work to repair Avalon Pier as the sun rises.After being damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, crews hurried to repair Avalon Pier on North Carolina's Outer Banks.  Now fully restored, the pier again welcomes fishermen and sightseerers.

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Red Sky, Bodie Island Light PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 April 2013 13:56

On my first visit to the Outer Banks in early 2000, my son and I were treated to this intense red sunset behind Bodie Island Light. This was one of the moments in that week's vacation that convinced me we needed to move here full time. I was so impressed by the quality of light on the Outer Banks. 16 months later, we fulfilled the dream.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 14:59
 
Happy Easter! PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 30 March 2013 23:04

Colored Easter Eggs, with one cracked and frying, sunny side up.Happy Easter!

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 23:15
 
Kite Preparation 7012 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 20:27

On a warm summer evening, I was with an Outer Banks Photo Workshops student on one of our Sunset Workshops on Jockey's Ridge.  Of course, we can never tell what Mother Nature has in mind when we schedule these workshop sessions.  Part of the lesson is finding great images in whatever weather and lighting conditions we get.  This evening, we were given a pretty dense cloud cover.  It was dull looking as we started up the hill.  But as the sun got low in the sky, it burned its way through the thinner parts of the cloud cover, lending some exciting drama and color to our sky.  It's important to be out there and ready, particularly in the hours before and after dawn and dusk.  The conditions can quickly change and provide some great photo opportunities, as it did this evening.

A limitation of photography is that we are trying to represent three dimensional space in just two dimensions.  I find I am much more successful in conveying a sense of depth, that missing third dimension, by including interesting stuff in multiple planes.  And this evening, that opportunity came together.  I had that colorful layer of clouds in the background, and that little cloud on the left poking up over the dune horizon in front of the big cloud bank.  Looking around at the other people on the dune that evening, I spotted this woman preparing her kite.  A solid, recognizable shape in the foreground, with the planes of clouds behind, give my image the feeling of depth I wanted.

Because that solid object in the foreground was recognizable as a person, it added further interest to the image. Too often, I forget to take advantage of adding human interest in my images.  But it's an easy way to lift an image above average.  For another example of a human interest "making" a photo, check this link.

The sky was considerably brighter than the shadow side of the lady.  By exposing for the sky, the lady and her kite became a silhouette.  The obscured details of her silhouette added intrigue.  In post-processing, I bumped up the contrast a bit to keep her silhouette dark and add some definition to the clouds.

So, four quick lessons in this simple image:
- Be out there and ready, the conditions can change constantly.
- Have interest on multiple planes to give the feeling of depth.
- Take advantage of human interest.
- Expose, then make image tweaks to create a silhouette, adding a intrigue.

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Happy shooting!

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 11:59
 
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