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Postby beachbum1616 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:14 pm


As I eluded to in some prevous posts lately, Christina and I made an overnight trip to Carolina Beach/Fort Fisher/Oak Island a week ago this past Monday. While it was to be a get-away trip, we did do a bit of lighthousing.

Here are some shots I took of Oak Island.
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We had great weather, although it was a bit cool.
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:17 pm


We had great weather, although it was a bit cool.


Come on up, Stephen, we'll introduce you to "cool" weather :!: Nice shots of Oak Island though. That's a light that I need to get down to photograph up close. I've only ever seen and photographed it from the ferry headed across the sound to Bald Head Island to shoot at Old Baldy.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:18 pm


Well, I guess I should say it was cool compared to our current weather.

Make sure that you go to photograph it in the morning. The lighting is usually better with the sun on the eastern side of the light.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:20 pm


Very nice photos, Stephen! And you're right about shooting in the early morning (if possible). The last time I was there it was a year and a half ago and when we arrived it was in the middle of a very sunny day and were there for a short time before we had to leave. The shots that I took came out O.K. but it was much too bright and I didn't get the nicer color-tones that you did.

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Postby vacastle » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:29 pm


Very nice shots of Oak Island, Stephen! We got some nice shots there just before dusk last fall, but haven't seen it yet in the early morning.

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:wink: Good time to sneak in a plug for the OBLHS Spring Retreat, April 28 - May 1, when we will get a tour of Oak Island including the Coast Guard Station. We'll also do a walking tour to Price's Creek and a special guided tour of Baldhead. Many other neat treats, too.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:32 pm


Will this event be limited to a certian number of people?
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:39 pm


Yes, right now we are thinking of limiting it to 75, and like last year, it will be members only.

We'll be putting out definite information about reservations very soon. We just have a couple loose ends to tie down first.

I will tell you though that one of the special treats will be a reception at the restored station across from the lighthouse that is the home of the Studer's, who are the best hosts!

Hope you can make plans!

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Postby beachbum1616 » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:45 pm


It won't be easy to swing this one, but I will give it my best shot. Our store gets its remodel starting about the end of Feb. and it lasts about six weeks. Good thing my boss likes me, and is somewhat interested in my hobby. I am pretty sure that things will work out.
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:14 pm


Excellent photos as always, Stephen! Definitely makes me want to go back! :D
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Postby Larry » Sun Jan 09, 2005 6:58 am


Excellent photos, again.

Please tell me that you know that there is a Life Saving Station a little further down the road. I didn't when we went to Oak Island.

Did you venture over to Bald Head? Please tell me that you know that there is a Life Saving Station Boat House on the island. I didn't when we went to Bald Head.
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Postby plebetkin » Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:09 am


Stephen is right. Some lighthouses do not lend themselves to great photos in the bright sunlight of mid day. Had that problem with New Haven Harbor a few weeks ago. Gives a washed out effect to the pictures.
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Postby cawteener » Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:36 pm


We did see the LSS. We got a few pictures of it as well. I am sure that one of us will post a few soon. For now here are a couple more of Oak that I took. I hope you enjoy these as well.....

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This one is as close as I could get. I was aiming to show off the wreath they had hung for the holidays.


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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:23 am


Photographically, shooting anything in bright sunlight leaves a lot to be desired. The best times are usually within about 2 hrs after sunrise or before sunset. Personally, I like to be in position to shoot wheverever I'm photographing about 1 hr befor sunrise and I generally photograph until about an hour after sunset.
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:13 am


I'm not sure if anyone noticed the wreath on the gallery in Christina's first photo, so I thought I would point that out.

These pictures were taken sometime between 10am and 12pm, not in the early morning. From my experience, especially in the south in the summer time, if you can photograph in the early morning, DO IT. The haze is much less a factor and your images come out more clear. You also get better shading on the tower itself, which helps out the images as well.
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Postby vacastle » Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:57 am


Stephen & Christina, I'm looking forward to seeing your photos of the Lifesaving Station at Caswell Beach.

This is the home where we will have our reception for the OBLHS Spring Retreat. It's now a private home and on the National Historic Register.

Happily for us, it's owned by a lovely couple, Judy & Gary Studer, who are also members of OBLHS! A few of us here at LH.Net were treated to the grand tour last fall, along with a five course dinner that began out on the deck overlooking the ocean, and could compete with anything in Coastal Living magazine.

In 2003, HGTV filmed a segment there for a show called, "Building Character", and here is a newspaper report of the event...
http://www.stateportpilot.com/archives/archives/May2103/stories/home.html

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