OBX Vacation…August 31, 2011
It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything to the blog, so to re-kick things off I wanted to post a few from our “vacation” last week. If you’ve been in a coma for the last 10 days you’re probably unfamiliar with the words Hurricane Irene. Yeah, after two full days of vacationing with the family, we got word that a mandatory evacuation was declared and we needed to pack up and get out! I didn’t get a chance to shoot very much, but I wanted to share a few I found interesting.
The day before the evacuation we took a ride down to see (and climb) the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This icon of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a must-have shot if you spend any time in the area. What started as a beautiful sunny day quickly turned overcast as the outer bands of Irene made their way into the area. This three-shot HDR image processed in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0 and Apple’s Aperture shows the ominous skies only a couple days before the storm made landfall.
As the kids and I walked to the entrance to climb 12 stories to the top of the lighthouse, I shot this…
This is a single exposure processed in Aperture and converted to black and white with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.0. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better black and white conversion package.
On the way back from the lighthouse, Jen spotted one of the smallest buildings on the island. I turned around to take a look and found one of the smallest post office buildings in the United States.
The Salvo Post Office was one of the smallest in the country. Established in 1901, the original post office was destroyed by an arsonist in 1992. This is the replacement building! I love the little plastic mailbox in the foreground. This image was created from five images and processed in HDR Efex Pro.
Although our time in OBX was short, we had a great time and hope to return next year (probably a bit earlier in the season to avoid future storms).
Hurricane Irene caused significant damage all over the East Coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people affected by the storm.