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    Weekend At The Cape

    Cape Lookout that is. Saturday afternoon the wife and I loaded up the boat and headed over to Cape Lookout, where we camped out overnight. Here are a few shots from that trip.

    The first shot is sunset. I've been wanting to shoot sunset shots at Cape Lookout for years. The sunset wasn't spectacular, but at least I got it.

    The second shot is a twilight shot of the lighthouse with an outbuilding. 8 seconds at f 8.

    Third shot is our campsite. 30 seconds at f 8.

    The last shot was taken on manual mode. A one second shot at f 2.8. This is Dawn's favorite.
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    Not only a beautiful place but some great photos. Bet this was a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend. I can't believe we didn't get one photo of Dawn from the expedition. Come on Speed your slipping.
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    Come on Speed your slipping

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Timer
    Not only a beautiful place but some great photos. Bet this was a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend. I can't believe we didn't get one photo of Dawn from the expedition. Come on Speed your slipping.

    My bad!

    Here ya go buddy.

    This was actually the second shot I took over there.

    :-D

    The doctor she works with has had health problems, so she's been working 50 to 60 hours a week. She hasn't felt very glamorous lately, so I haven't been in her face with the camera a lot. The good news is, he's suppose to come back to work next week, so hopefully things will slow down for her.

    The first shot is reduced for PR. The second one is a crop of the lovely wife doing what she loves to do - soak up sun.
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    Hey Speedo! Those lighthouse shots at night are pretty cool! I love how you captured the light in the mist! Good work!
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    Now that is what I call kicked back. Hope the weekend helped her regain her sanity. I know Joy has been under a lot of pressure at work the last month or so and the trip to Nashville this weekend to see the grand baby did wonders for her.
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    I love how you captured the light in the mist!

    Quote Originally Posted by walterick
    Hey Speedo! Those lighthouse shots at night are pretty cool! I love how you captured the light in the mist! Good work!
    Actually, there wasn't much in the way of mist. But I also like how the light is picked up by the humidity in the air. Here's another one for you. This was a two second exposure at f 2.8. I also added a sunrise shot for you. It was tough getting up at 6 am, but hey, I was willing to make the sacrifice for my buddies here at PR!

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    Now that is what I call kicked back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Timer
    Now that is what I call kicked back. Hope the weekend helped her regain her sanity. I know Joy has been under a lot of pressure at work the last month or so and the trip to Nashville this weekend to see the grand baby did wonders for her.

    Oh yeah! And she needed it. When she got off work, she had made up her mind that if I wasn't ready to go, then she was just going to stay at home and vegatate. BUT, I was 3/4 of the way there already, with the coolers in the boat, and the tent by the front door. :-D

    She really enjoyed the weekend, and it helped her recharge her batteries. She loves laying out in the sun, and as you can tell, the view was spectacular. We set up our tent about 150 yards from the lighthouse. It was the first time either of us had camped out at the Cape, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

    Glad to hear that the getaway helped Joy keep her sanity. Sometimes you need to just get away.
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    Re: I love how you captured the light in the mist!

    Cool! Nice sunrise shot! You know, I often think of how this website affects my photography; not only how I shoot, but what I shoot! Sometimes I think the only reason I even have a digital camera is so I can quickly post pictures up here on Viewfinder

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    Talking Sometimes I think the only reason I even have a digital camera...

    Quote Originally Posted by walterick
    Cool! Nice sunrise shot! You know, I often think of how this website affects my photography; not only how I shoot, but what I shoot! Sometimes I think the only reason I even have a digital camera is so I can quickly post pictures up here on Viewfinder

    Thanks for thinkin of us!
    "is so I can quickly post pictures up here on Viewfinder"

    Sounds like all the reason you need!

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    Re: Sometimes I think the only reason I even have a digital camera...

    "I'm here for you buddy, just like you're here for us!"

    Aw, feel the love y'all
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    Nice work, Speed. Looks like a great spot to camp too!

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    Looks like a great spot to camp too!

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    Nice work, Speed. Looks like a great spot to camp too!

    It was! We could hear the ocean so clearly, and Dawn loves the sound of the ocean. It was a very nice weekend, and we enjoyed it immensely.

    Thanks for the comments buddy!
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    Not too shabby for a nikon thingy . Wish I was there with you, as we discussed earlier.
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    Cool Not too shabby for a nikon thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by paulnj
    Not too shabby for a nikon thingy . Wish I was there with you, as we discussed earlier.
    So we've come full circle. From Canon thingy to Nikon thingy.

    It was very nice and I'm sure you would have enjoyed yourself.

    Even with your Canon thingy!

    :-O
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    Re: Not too shabby for a nikon thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    So we've come full circle. From Canon thingy to Nikon thingy.
    You know what they say about paybacks, right

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    Even with your Canon thingy!
    Will do, and you enjoy that nikon thingy pal :thumbsup:
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    I'm not sure I want to read much more about Paul and his "thingy"...

    Great shots Speed! There aren't many lighthouses in my part of CA.. I'm thinking an East Coast Lighthouse trip may be in order...

    Thanks for sharing these with us!
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    Wink I'm not sure I want to read much more about Paul and ...

    "his "thingy""

    Hehehe. This goes back a year or more, when some Nikon Samurai gave a compliment to a Canon shooter and refered to his camera as a "Canon thingy". Same ole good natured ribbing between the Nikon shooters and those that choose to shoot inferior equipment. ;-)

    "I'm thinking an East Coast Lighthouse trip may be in order..."

    Come on down buddy! You can stay at my house and use it as a base of operations. I'll be glad to take you to Cape Lookout and Ocracoke Lighthouse. Depending on when you come and how long you're down for, we may be able to go to Old Baldy, Oak Island and maybe even Cape Hatteras. Just let me know when you're coming!
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    A Lighthouse Sampler For Brian

    A few to whet your appetite.

    First a couple of shots from Charleston, SC. These were taken in December of 2004.

    First a shot of my favorite model with yours truly, in front of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Then a shot of the Morris Island Lighthouse, more commonly known as the Charleston Lighthouse. Finally, another model decided to "pose" for me. The Sullivan Island Lighthouse is visible in this shot as well. Finally, one from Ocracoke.
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    Re: A Lighthouse Sampler For Brian

    A crop of the third shot for you.
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    Re: Weekend At The Cape

    Love the set-up. I can't believe you can camp that close to the lighthouse. Makes it easier to go pee in the middle of the night, i bet.

    It looks like you and Dawn had a private island all to yourself.

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    Re: A Lighthouse Sampler For Brian

    The first shot of the ugly dude and the hottie is a great shot. Nice light and a strong composition... I really like that one a lot. Kudos to the photographer.

    As for the Lighthouse trip.. It'll have to be some time next year, but I'll be sure and keep you posted if it starts to pan out. And I appreciate your generous offer.
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    Cool The first shot of the ugly dude and the hottie is a great shot

    Thank you! The ugly dude likes that one too. ;-)

    If you can make the trip to NC, then you have a place to stay buddy. That hottie in the first shot will even cook for you!

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    Re: The first shot of the ugly dude and the hottie is a great shot

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    That hottie in the first shot will even cook for you!
    WOOT!!

    Same

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    Re: The first shot of the ugly dude and the hottie is a great shot

    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    That hottie in the first shot will even cook for you!
    WOOT!!

    Same can

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    Lightbulb I can't believe you can camp that close to the lighthouse.

    The minimum distance is 100 yards. We were probably 150 to 200 yards away.

    "Makes it easier to go pee in the middle of the night, i bet. "

    Actually, I was rather self concious about it. That lighthouse puts out a lot of light around it. It lights the area up pretty well. I didn't expect the ground to be that well lit. :-O

    "It looks like you and Dawn had a private island all to yourself."

    We wish. There were about 10 tents set up 100 yards beyond us. And a mess of them on the other side of the lighthouse as well. Now the last time we went camping, we went to Shackleford Banks, and there was only one other tent on the island that we could see. But now that the warm weather is here, there are more people camping.

    So, if you want to go camping at the Cape (or Shackleford) without the crowds, come down before May. March and April are fairly nice months to go camping. I'll extend the same offer to you as I did to Brian. Come to NC and stay with Speed and family. We'll give you a place to stay, show you the sights, take you out on the boat, even take you camping on the outer banks if you want. Just drop me a line and tell me when you want to come. Of course, you can bring Mrs. Lamp and the kids as well. We'd love to have you.
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