Sunset Harkers Island, NC, USA

The weather forecast on the 3rd of September looked good for a sunset picture and maybe a moonrise and hopefully, some astrophotography (a picture of the Milky Way).  The Moon phase was 96% Waning Gibbous and rising in the eastern sky at 08:40 PM.  The Milky Way was visible in the southern sky after 08:30 PM.  It was nice and calm at my house with clear skies.  Clear skies were also forecast for Harkers Island, but when I got there it was windy.  The wind was coming out to southwest at 20 plus knots.  I had a hard time keeping my tripod secure.  I was unable to keep the tripod steady, so no astrophotography for the evening.   When I got home, the sky was clear, and the wind was calm.  There was a trade-off, calm winds, and eaten up alive by bugs, or windy conditions and blurry pictures.  A nice breeze under 10 knots would have been perfect, but not 20 plus knots. Also, I thought I had the camera acclimate to the humidity, but when I started taking pictures my lens started fogging up. So I missed a nice sunset.  Next time I’ll give my camera more time to acclimate to the environment.  When I departed for the shore it was 95 degree so I had the A/C on, when I got to Harkers Island the temperature was down 85 and turned my A/C off to acclimate my equipment, plus I had the camera out of the bag for 15 minutes prior to using it.  It still wasn’t enough.

The sun about ready to set at Harkers Island:

Twilight at Harkers Island facing southwest after sunset:

Moon at 96% Waning Gibbous:

Equipment Used:

Nikon D7500

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FL (for Twilight and sunset)

Nikon DX AF-S NIkkor 55-300mm | 4.5-5.6 G ED


B+W Circular Polarizer Filter (for sunrise)


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