Outer Banks Girls Weekend – Day 1

A month ago I traveled from my mountains to the sea shore of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  I’ve done that trip before …several times.  But this time was special.  I was going to meet up with 3 other women – all of whom share in the joy of photography like I do.  I couldn’t wait.  It would be 3 whole days of shooting, eating, shooting, drinking some wine and shooting some more.  There was no schedules, just relax and go with the flow.

I had met our host Jenny when she came to visit me here in western NC last year and we roamed the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding areas taking pictures.  The other ladies, Nadeen and Carri, I hadn’t met, but communicated with them on an on-line forum for photographers and also taking on-line classes with them.  When we all finally met it was as if we had know each other all along.  We had a fantastic time together!

Mother nature did her best to spoil some of the time there.  She didn’t win.  Sure, she may have clouded a sunrise or sunset and later on you’ll see how she nearly sand blasted us to bits, but we still watched her skies like a hawk and grabbed every nice minute we could outside.  When she was not behaving, we simply chatted, gave each other tips and practiced indoor macro photography.

I took almost 400 images over the weekend.  I loved nearly all of them.  That’s why it’s taken me so long to blog this trip!  I’m still going through them all and sometimes my mind wanders back to those lovely days as I gaze at one of the images, stalling me even more.  🙂

I thought I’d start with Day 1.

{Thursday night}  We headed out for sunset.  We were crossing our fingers, but the cloudy skies never really parted and the sun set behind the clouds.  I did get a few shots before the sun went down.

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-19Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/60s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-18Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 42mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-17Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 45mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/125s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-16Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

{Friday morning}  The skies looked a little more promising for sunrise, so our first stop was the Avon Pier.  I love how this first image (facing away from the pier) looks like a butterfly.

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-15Aperture: ƒ/5.6 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 4000 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Avon-Pier-14Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 4000 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Avon-Pier-13Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 3200 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Avon-Pier-12Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 3200 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Avon-Pier-11Aperture: ƒ/4.5 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 2000 | Shutter speed: 1/320s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Avon-Pier-10Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 1250 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Avon-Pier-9Aperture: ƒ/6.3 | Focal length: 55mm | ISO: 500 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

We then made our way a little further down the road near Cape Hatteras and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. In the marshes, I spotted an egrot.

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Cape-Hatteras-Lighthouse-8Aperture: ƒ/5.6 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/400s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Egrot-7Aperture: ƒ/3.5 | Focal length: 175mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/250s |

It was getting pretty cloudy again so we went home for a little bit. Just after lunch the skies started clearing so we took advantage of some sun and headed out to Frisco Pier. Wooden piers are what makes the Outer Banks. But they are susceptible to damage by high seas and storms. Frisco Pier was damaged extensively by Hurricane Earl in 2010. Piece by piece it is still falling into the ocean.  It looks so sad.

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Frisco-Pier-6Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/800s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Frisco-Pier-20Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 53mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/1000s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Frisco-Pier-3Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/640s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Frisco-Pier-2Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 80mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/640s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Frisco-Pier-5Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 67mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/800s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-Outer-Banks-Frisco-Pier-1Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/640s |

We again returned to the house for the afternoon to wait for sunset. As we waited, we practiced some macro with Trader Joe’s flowers (the best place to find a pretty bouquet).

Kathleen-Roberts-Asheville-NC-Photographer-macro-tulipsAperture: ƒ/2.8 | Focal length: 100mm | ISO: 500 | Shutter speed: 1/125s |

After macro, it was time to see what Mother Nature decided to do about sunset.

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  • Caroline Peterson - It was such a fun weekend! I love seeing how it looked like through your eyes and camera! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Yes it was! I hope we can all do it again sometime…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - These are so beautiful, Kathy. I am so glad you came and we got to share the time together!ReplyCancel

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