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Door, Kitty Hawk Pier 7043 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 23:25

The red door on the front of Kitty Hawk Pier. The golden light of dawn streams through the pier building, highlighting the condensation on the inside of the door glass.  The pier is found on the Atlantic Coast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Kitty Hawk Pier info.

Licensing, prints, and gifts of this image available here.

Bodie Island Light 2689 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 19:20

An Outer Banks sunrise casts golden light onto Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head, NC.

Although this is the first lighthouse on this site, it is the third built to keep silent watch over this this section of treacherous coastline, known as the "Graveyard of the Atantic."  First opened in 1872, Bodie Island Lighthouse stands at 170 feet.  It is identical in construction to Currituck Beach Lighthouse, 41 miles to its north.

Further information about Bodie Island Lighthouse.

Licensing, prints, and gifts available here.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 20:23
Whalehead Club Christmas 2337 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Monday, 23 December 2013 23:22

My best wishes to you for a joyous and peaceful Christmas.

In the 1920, Rhode Island industrialist and avid waterfowl hunter Edward Collings Knight, Jr. had this magnificent copper-roofed, 21,000 square foot vacation home built in the then desolate northern Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Today, the home is called The Whalehead Club, and is part of Currituck Heritage Park, in Corolla, NC.

This early evening view shows the home decorated for the Christmas season.

This photograph is an HDR - High Dynamic Range image, made by combining photos varying in exposure by six stops.  This permitted the lights on the front of the building, the inside lighting, the Christmas tree and window candles, the indigo high in the sky, and the sunset pink along the horizon all to be maintained in the image. Lights on the trees on the both ends of the building were "burned in" to balance them in the scene.  Since it was necessary to tip the lens up to shoot the building and sky, there was an apparent leaning-back effect on the building.  I corrected this perspective effect.

Whalehead Club info:

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Bonner Bridge Closed Indefinitely PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 15:08

UPDATE:  The bridge received emergency repairs and was re-opened Sunday, December 15, 2013.


The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been indefinitely closed today, December 3, 2013, over safety concerns.  Routing scanning has discovered sand erosion under critical support structures. 

The bridge is the only highway access for vehicles between Hatteras Island and the mainland. The NC Department of Transportation is establishing emergency ferry service for residents, capable of transporting 380 cars each way per day.

The bridge is targeted for replacement, but work has on hold following a series of legal challenges.

Further information:  https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=9088

Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  This photograph was made from a private plane, looking northward. The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is found beyond the broad sweep of the bridge.  Bodie Island Lighthouse is in the upper left corner, and the beach homes of South Nags Head are seen in the top center.  The wide sands at the north end of the bridge are accessible to four wheel drive vehicles, providing a popular surfcasting area.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:54
Jennette's Compass Rose PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 13:07

The bronze compass rose embedded in the deck of Jennette's Pier, Nags Head, NC, at sunrise. I deliberately exaggerated the perspective by shooting just inches above the deck, using an extreme wide angle lens.

This image is available as prints, gifts, or for licensing here.

Inspired Holiday Cards from Artists, Not Box Stores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Friday, 29 November 2013 19:49

It'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 grateful if you chose my work to share with your loved ones.  But whether me, or somebody else, please support a deserving independent artist!

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