Rodanthe Pier, Outerbanks, North Carolina

In September 2015, we went on holiday to the Outerbanks of North Carolina with my wife's family. I think that was the last time we took time off from work and school and spent time together.

Sunset at Clarke's Bay Print Sale

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Sunset at Clarke's Bay Outerbanks, North Carolina

I wanted to capture one of the spectacular OBX sunsets that I had heard so much about. But this was a family vacation and my wife insisted that I be home for the extended family dinners we had planned. Based on my estimates there wasn't time to eat dinner and still make it somewhere to set up the tripod and camera for a sunset shoot.

But .... on the fourth night, the families decided that perhaps we each needed some individual family time. I convinced my family that we should eat nearby. The Rodanthe Pier would only be a few minutes drive and I would have time after dinner for some sunset photography.

We decided to eat at St. Waves, Seafood & Steak. But … our venue turned out to be disappointing[^1], so we grabbed some deli sandwiches from The Waves Market next door. I had read that sunsets in the OBX are spectacular, especially on the bayside, and given that I now had a lot more time, I drove to Clark's Bay.

We found a picnic area with seating and an excellent view of the bay. We ate and talked about how much we were enjoying the vacation. This didn't last long because, at the start of the golden hour, the beach was suddenly over-run with the evening sand fleas that started to chew on Bhavana and my daughter, Kiran. Interestingly my son, Shaan, and I were not affected. My wife and kids escaped to the safety of the car and I was left by myself to think about where I would set up for the shoot.

While my family sat safely in the car, I set up the camera in several spots, capturing images each time, but it wasn’t until just before sunset that I found this viewpoint. I think this is the best of the series of images I took that evening.

Bodie Island Lighthouse Observation Deck

A shot from the observation deck of the Bodie Island Lighthouse taken on the last day of a family vacation to the Outerbanks.

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 6. 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.

Saturday 5 September, 2015 | Nikon D5100 | 12-24 mm f/4 | f/8.0 | ISO 100

Here's the iPhone version.

Virew from the Bodie Island Lighthouse | Saturday 5 September, 2015 | Apple iPhone 6 | iPhone 6 back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 | f/2.2 | ISO 32