• Aperture—ƒ/4
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—5 September, 2015
  • Focal length—12mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/800s

A shot from the observation deck of the Bodie Island Lighthouse taken on the last day of a family vacation to the Outerbanks, NC. The weather was mostly overcast the whole week, and I had capture very of the shots I had planned for the week.

I didn’t have a chance to visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse during our vacation to the Outerbanks. The kids didn’t think it was interesting and Bhavana didn’t think her knees could handle the strain.

To be fair, the lighthouse is about a 30-minute drive from our vacation house. It was a big ask to ask them to endure a one-hour round car ride so that I could spend 30 minutes capturing some images. But on the drive out from town, I convinced them to stop and climb with me.

Of course, the weather was near perfect on the last day of the vacation. My wife was feeling sorry for me, so she didn’t complain when I asked to stop and see the lighthouse.

We arrived just in time. The wind had picked up and was so gusty that the observation deck was closing. We were the last visitors allowed up top.

I wasn’t authorised to take my tripod up to the observation deck, but I captured a few images handheld with the Nikon and one with my iPhone. I shot this handheld in what felt like 15 mph winds and just after shooting, the lighthouse supervisor told me he was closing the observation deck. I was the last one allowed up that afternoon. The observation deck was closed.

View From the Bodie Island Lighthouse Observation Deck, NIKON D5100 20150905 8822

  • Aperture—ƒ/8
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—5 September, 2015
  • Focal length—12mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/320s

This Nikon image has had the Fuji Velvia preset applied. I then enabled lens profile correction and set highlights to -27, exposure to -0.33, levelled the horizon and cropped some of the top and the right side.

View From the Bodie Island Lighthouse Observation Deck, NIKON D5100 20150905 8789 1200x795

  • Aperture—ƒ/4
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—5 September, 2015
  • Copyright—© 2015 Khürt Williams
  • Focal length—12mm
  • ISO—100
  • Shutter speed—1/1250s

Here’s the iPhone version.

View From the Bodie Island Lighthouse Observation Deck, iPhone Panorama of OBX from The Bodie Island Lighthouse iPhone 6 20150905 0488 blog

iPhone Panorama of OBX from The Bodie Island Lighthouse

  • Aperture—ƒ/2.2
  • Camera—iPhone 6
  • Taken—5 September, 2015
  • Copyright—© Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—4.15mm
  • ISO—32
  • Location—35° 49.1167′ 0″ N 75° 33.7985′ 0″ W
  • Shutter speed—1/1900s