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on May 2, 2009 in Great Stuff

Outer Banks we explore

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After photographing the exterior of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, we climbed the 265 steps to go to the top. Getting to the top was tough. Not because of the climb, but because of the amazing, amazing light ascending the interior. The lighthouse wasn’t made for tourists, so the stairs are narrow and even our carrying one camera was a concern to the rangers. Carrying a flash for any light modifying gear was out of the question. So when Drew (good kid!) stopped for a moment to shoot, after he was done I asked him to pose and I took the shot.

The trick was to have a spot of light on his right cheek. Then using NX2, I simply dropped a Color Point on that spot on his cheek, used the slider to brighten the entire face and used the warmth slider to bring up it. I’m no expert in NX2, but the 20sec finishing works for me. (Of course, had to be a photographer to make all the other elements work and relied on the DD for just the face.)

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We then kept on exploring. Late in the afternoon we came to Bodie Island Lighthouse (note this has bands, Hatteras has stripes). This is another very cool lighthouse that we couldn’t go in, darn. As soon as we pulled up, I knew it would be a B&W image with the clouds, so that’s how I shot it. I can’t wait to go back, it has so much character!

Photos captured by D3, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film