This image was snapped “hand-held” from the beautiful seashore of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, USA, on September 13th, 2012. It was shot with a Canon EOS 30D camera, through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens at the 40mm focal length. The aperture was @ f/4 with a 1/3200 sec exposure, ISO 100. A CP filter was mounted on the lens.
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This was an absolutely perfect late summer day at the North Carolina seashore. The amazingly warm ocean waters were incredibly calm, especially considering that an offshore hurricane had just drifted past this area a few days earlier. There was a slight onshore breeze, gently coaxing the playful surf up onto the wide sandy beach. This photo reveals the closest thing to a breaking wave that we experienced during our entire visit to the Outer Banks.
Looking out at the open ocean from this spot, I was awestruck by the most gorgeous blue-green seawater that I had ever seen from any U.S. Atlantic shoreline! It actually looked more like the Gulf of Mexico, but it truly was the big bad Atlantic, behaving like a well mannered friend.
© 2012 Gene Walls
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