May 07, 2022
Last weekend, I attended a Photography Meetup on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with other nature photographers. Ten of us nature photographers came together from various places from across the United States. Fortunately, this was just a 3 hour road trip for me as the location was close to home. I had a fantastic time meeting other nature photographers and spending the weekend photographing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Outer Banks of North Carolina is a very familiar place for me as I spent twenty years living in and photographing the area. So, it was nice to be back in the area to do some shooting over this long weekend.
About the Outer Banks of North Carolina
The Outer Banks are barrier islands off the Atlantic coast of the state of North Carolina, separating the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland. The natural beauty of the fragile islands and the pristine beaches make this location a special place to photograph whether it is seascapes, landscapes, lighthouses, birds or wildlife. There are so many different opportunities for photography whether you are a nature photographer or a wildlife photographer.
Sunrise on the Outer Banks
Being a barrier Island off the Atlantic coast provides miles of good opportunities for sunrise photography. On our first sunrise, we gathered at Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head. Of course, I was looking for shorebirds at the beach as photographing shorebirds is a passion of mine. This particular morning I found a pair of willets and a small group of about a dozen sanderlings on the beach at sunrise. Unfortunately, the sanderlings flew off before I could get a chance to photograph them. However, I was able to capture some images of the willet(s).
Bodie Island Lighthouse
We attempted a sunset a Bodie Island Lighthouse on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. However, the skies did not cooperate on this evening. At Bodie Island Lighthouse, we walked out on the boardwalk through the marshes to shoot back at the lighthouse. While on the boardwalk, we saw and photographed several species of wildlife including an adult nutria with a baby nutria, sora and clapper rail.
In conclusion, this Photography Meetup on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a fun and exciting in-the-field experience. I truly enjoyed meeting all the nature photographers that attended this meetup. I recommend if you have an opportunity to attend a Photography Meetup to do so. Not only is it a great opportunity to network but also to meet new friends and have lots of fun shooting with other photographers.
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