Outer Banks Girls Weekend – Day 3

Today would be our last full day on the Outer Banks.  I had already had such a blast with these girls on Friday and Saturday.  I woke up a little sad this would be our last day shooting together.

{Sunday}  We woke up again early.  We had planned sunrise shooting the night before at the Oregon Inlet Life Saving Station in Rodanthe, NC  (Yes!!!  it’s the location used in the Nicholas Sparks book and movie “Nights in Rodanthe”.  We saw the house too!)  It wasn’t raining, finally, but a very strong wind was blowing.  Driving on NC-12 was interesting with the car swaying back and forth from the wind gusts.  I kept hoping by the time we got to the station, it would have at least subsided.

Unfortunately it didn’t.  Arriving at the parking lot we got out of the car.  I shot this from the parking lot.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-1Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 26mm | ISO: 640 | Shutter speed: 1/80s |

Then we walked through the sand dunes to the station.  The wind was whipping around so hard the sand was stinging my skin.  I made it as far as the station and managed to get this picture before I decided I just couldn’t take the wind and sand in my eyes anymore and decided to go back to the car and wait for the others.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-Oregon-Inlet-Lifesaving-Station-2Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 3200 | Shutter speed: 1/400s |

On the way back I managed a couple other images.  One of the blowing sand (although it really doesn’t show how bad it really was).

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-3Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 1000 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

One of some wood that looked like a cross.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-4Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 53mm | ISO: 1000 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

And one of the Bonner Bridge.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-Bonner-Bridge-5Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 55mm | ISO: 1000 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

After that, I got in the car and waited for the other girls.

Our next stop was the Bodie Island Lighthouse.  I was happy that we were there early enough to get some shots without people. I think that was a favorite thing for me on this trip.  Being able to get up and go out early enough to capture some images before crowds showed up.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-Bodie-Island-Lighthouse-6Aperture: ƒ/18 | Focal length: 45mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-Bodie-Island-Lighthouse-7Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 24mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/200s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-Bodie-Island-Lighthouse-8Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |

From there we headed to Manteo and had some breakfast at a very good cafe/bakery.  Since we were so near the waterfront we walked around for a bit and shot some more images.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-9Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 44mm | ISO: 160 | Shutter speed: 1/160s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-10Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 28mm | ISO: 160 | Shutter speed: 1/640s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-11Aperture: ƒ/6.3 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/320s |

By then it was getting close to lunch, so we headed back home to relax.  I relaxed by taking a 2 hour nap.  🙂

Heading out to sunset we stopped at some jetties.  I practiced my long exposures again.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-12Aperture: ƒ/8 | Focal length: 59mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 30s |

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-13Aperture: ƒ/7.1 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 25s |

Our final sunset outing turned out beautiful.  It was an amazing ending to a fantastic weekend.

Kathleen-Roberts-Kathy-Roberts-Outer-Banks-Rodanthe-Hatteras-Island-14Aperture: ƒ/4 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 125 | Shutter speed: 1/800s |

I wish I could convey through words just how much I enjoyed this girls weekend.  It was perfect in every way.

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