Sunrise at Atlantic Beach and Sunset New Bern

On December 5th, ,I decided to drive to Atlantic Beach to capture the sunrise.  We were up early, because Michele had to drive to Raleigh.   She ping me around 08:30 AM stating that it took her close to 3 hours to get there (2 3/4 hours).  I was lucky, it didn’t take me that long to get to Atlantic Beach. The sunrise was at 07:01.  My drive to Atlantic Beach was smooth.  I used  my Nikon D7100 camera with the Nikon Nikkon 50mm f/1:18G len, and the tripod to capture the pictures.  With the tripod, I can set it up on the beach, play with dogs, take pictures remotely. So that meant I used the Auto setting on my camera? That would be correct statement, I used the “auto mode” for most of the pictures I took.  I wanted to take the dogs with me and plus take some pictures,  therefore mission accomplished.

Sunrise at 06:59:42

For the above picture, I used a shutter speed of 1/60.  The aperture set to f/6.3,and ISO set to 200.

After the sunrise, I took the puppies for a walk along the beach.  For the 5th of December, the weather wasn’t bad.  The water might be a little cold, in mid 50’s, but it was a pleasant morning at the beach.


My taking picture day wasn’t over. I decided to head to downtown New Bern waterfront (river front) and check out the sunset. Unlike earlier, it was more difficult to take pictures with the dogs on the leash. But, I did think I took some wonderful shoots.

The first set of pictures are along waterfront of the Trent River. The sunset was gorgeous.  It was hard to get a good focus shoot, especially with the shutter speed at 1/60.  I can keep the camera steady without a tripod using a shutter speed of 1/80.  The dogs wasn’t sitting still, and you thought they would after being in the dog park for 45 minutes prior to heading downtown.


The second set was a Union Point Park along the Neuse River. The flag is half mast to honor George H.W. Bush (the 41st President) . He pass away on Monday and was 94 years old.  His son George W. Bush (the 43rd President) gave the eulogize.  The Memorial was at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.


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