Another Little Piece of Us   8 comments


Two kayaks beach on Shackleford Banks, overlooking the Cape Lookout lighthouse, North Carolina

Another Little Piece of Us

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Early on, I was going to title this something really boring, like, “Kayaks at Cape Lookout.”

While not the most outstanding of images, it does reveal a bit more about our lives and interests, and I don’t suppose that’s a bad thing to do at this point. In fact, only yesterday, Barbara Youngelson wrote a comment on my blog that seemed interestingly coincidental: “It’s so cool when we learn a little about the photographer/artist through his work.” How could she have known I was going to post this?

Following up on the last two images of the wild ponies at Shackleford Banks (NC), I thought I’d put up a picture of the boats that take us to the places we love so well. (Well, you can’t see Susan’s kayak, but it’s much like mine, only firecracker red and yellow.) These kayaks have taken us through many interesting adventures, visiting the Okefenokee Swamp on many occasions, the Florida Everglades, Key West, the Gulf Coast, as well as many more local trips along the rivers and sounds of NC.

In the background is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, one of nine lighthouses and two light towers that grace the shoreline of North Carolina. They’re fun to visit, fun to climb, and serve as impressive backdrops to a day on the water. It’s also challenging to try to time the light for the picture… 12 seconds.

For those interested in such things, the boats are both made by Perception (now Harmony, I believe), and are gel coat over Kevlar with solid bulkheads, about 17′ long. The ‘Shadow’ in back is just a bit shorter than the ‘Eclipse’ in front. I think one of the best things about them is that they can take you places where other boats can’t go… we can still navigate even when the water is only about 6 inches deep. You’ll… umm… see that coming up soon.

Hand-held single exposure, Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 70mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/200s

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8 responses to “Another Little Piece of Us

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  1. Dude, love the lighthouse in the backdrop! Now I want to go kayaking at the local lakes 😉

  2. Really well done Rob! As always your image is spot on and beautiful! It is always nice to get a peak what makes an artist tick. Excellent choice of kayaks and locations. Having been a sea going kayaker in the past I can appreciate the quality of the kayaks you have. Having lived and worked along the Carolina coast for several years you captured one of my favorite places very well. Keep up the great work my friend!

  3. Beautiful blue tones. Nice work.

  4. Thanks Rob, for the link above. Love the relative isolation and breathing room that this image conveys. I’m sure those are some of the reasons that you guys return to these distraction-free shores. Getting to know you is a pleasure!

  5. that’s a beauty Rob! we have kayaking in common – our family gets out in Austin quite often – such fun! anyways, wonderfully shot my friend!

  6. I just love this post today. It’s always so wonderful to see how we all intertwine together here online as a community of photographers! What a beautiful capture here Rob. I love the crisp details in the boats and the tones and hues you pulled out of the scene. GREAT processing. And I really love to read a little bit about the photographer behind the shutter, that’s for sure. This is awesome, I can’t wait to retweet this to all our followers.

  7. Great shot, Rob. How much room do you have for luggage, like camera gear etc. in those kayaks?

    • @Jan — With careful packing, the boats are good for long expeditions, although we’ve not gone out for more than a couple of nights at a time. As long as the gear is lightweight, we can bring tents, stoves, sleeping bags, food & drink, safety gear, and everything else necessary. One time, we even lashed a couple of beach chairs on the stern (although we’re not likely to do that again.)

      Thanks for visiting!

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