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Star Trails 1634 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:13

As the earth rotates, it appears, from the point of view of us earthlings, that the stars rotate around Polaris, the North Star.  This image was made over a period of about 90 minutes on a cold moonless night.

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Cypress at Sunset 2860 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 16:32

Wearing waders, my buddy, Dan Waters and I slogged tripods, camera bodies, and lenses around submerged logs and boot-sucking mud, hoping dearly to avoid an expensive misstep.  And we waited in the chilly water as the sun approached the horizon.  The colors emerged in the southwest sky, and this cypress became a silhouette.  As the sky darkened, the silhouette merged into its background.  "This is where the magic happens," Dan explained, as he fished his flashlight from his pocket.  By now, exposures for the sky were several seconds long.  This gave us ample time to use our flashlights to paint otherworldly light onto this eerie tree trunk.

We took turns - one of us painting with light, and the other exposing his image.  Through trial and error, we zeroed in on that right combination of sky exposure and adding light onto the tree.

We slogged back around the submerged logs and boot-sucking mud, this time in the dark.  And knowing that one sinkhole could ruin not only our expensive gear, but probably some great images we knew we'd just recorded!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:53
Christmas on the Outer Banks PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 December 2012 22:01

Last Updated on Monday, 24 December 2012 22:10
Light Magic 6005 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 November 2012 21:45

Nighttime time motion study of string of lights suspended from a kiteA time motion study of Christmas lights swinging in the breeze.  As part of the Christmas season, the Outer Banks of North Carolina celebrates by flying kites that dangle strings of Christmas lights.  The kites bob and weave, and the light strings twist and sway.  By leaving my shutter open several seconds, I've recorded the path of each light as it moves about.

This image is part of a special Christmas Gallery, a selection of my images that would make one of a kind Christmas cards.  Wouldn't this be a great alternative to the generic cards from the big box store?

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Kite Handler 3485 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:04

Silhouette of man handling a large red white and blue kiteEach year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Kitty Hawk Kites presents its annual Kites with Lights festival for residents and visitors to the Outer Banks.  The store staff bring their largest kites to the top of the East Coast's largest sand dune, Jockeys Ridge in Nags Head, NC.  With power generators ready, they fasten Christmas lights to the kites, and send them soaring for an airborne celebration of the start of the Christmas season.

And each year, I climb to the top of Jockeys Ridge, armed with lenses, cameras, and a tripod.  I enjoy capturing images of the backlit kites before the sun sets.  After the sky darkens, I capture time lapse light traces as the Christmas lights dance in the breeze.

Just as I reached the top of the second ridge, about 30 minutes before sunset, I noticed a young man about to pick up a flag-themed kite.  Since he was between me and the low sun, I immediately thought of a silhouette.  As he lifted the kite, the color intensity of the backlit kite struck me.  I got five shots in less than two seconds, then the opportunity was gone.

I didn't set out to make this image.  It just happened when I was in the right spot, but I will take credit for being there with a ready camera, and the vision to see it taking shape.  Luck favors the prepared mind.

It only happens once in a while - where I know I have a killer shot waiting on my memory card.  This was one of those moments.  I made hundreds of images that evening, more backlit kites, more dancing lights.  But those few seconds of the silhouetted young man handling the backlit kite was burned into my mind.

And fortunately, the images that popped onto my monitor when I downloaded the card didn't disappoint.  I succeeded in recording in bits and pixels what I recorded in my mind's eye!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:27
Unique Christmas Cards from Independent Artists PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 November 2012 19:10

Kitty Hawk Pier in SnowIt's Christmas card time!  Are you looking for more than the same forgettable look-alike cards from the big box store?

Consider cards offered by independent artists.  The independent artist will only produce passionate artwork.  It will be the finest they have to offer, executed with every bit of skill they can muster, because their pride is on every card.  Their soul is in their work - it will not be an impersonal generic design.

Your town probably has somebody offering cards featuring local interest.  Check your local art gallery.

Or see if an artist that you follow on Facebook or elsewhere on the web may offer designs that will appeal to you.  After all, you do share enough interests that you follow them!

Since cards from independent artists are produced in small quantities, and often on demand, they are sure to be pretty unique!  Your loved ones will not receive this card from multiple people.

By purchasing greeting cards from independent artists, you will encourage them to continue producing art reflecting their unique vision, and thus providing you with choices that are anything but ordinary.  Rather than augmenting a CEO's bonus, the money you spend will benefit the artist.  It will help fund the training, materials, and equipment necessary for them to execute their craft and pursue and share their passion.

I have assembled a gallery of Christmas images, suitable for Christmas cards.  Some are specific to Christmastime on the Outer Banks.  These, or any of my images, are available as high quality greeting cards.  You may order directly from my web gallery.

I would be highly honored if you find my work worthy of sharing with your loved ones.  But whether me, or somebody else, please support a deserving independent artist!

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 02:34
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