Lighthouse on Roanoke Island at Sunset

Thanks again to the team

I wanted to take a quick moment here again to thank the team here at Stuck In Customs.  They do everything from 24 hour support for tutorials and eBooks to making sure the website is fast to making sure our apps are fun and engaging and so much more.  So, thank you! 🙂

Daily Photo – Lighthouse on Roanoke Island at Sunset

Ahhhh – finally a good sunset!  I keep track of the sunsets like an insane meteorologist combined with a Native American shaman.  I do my best to look at each day and figure out how things will end up that evening.  Predicting more than a day ahead is almost impossible, unless you are at a special place on the planet around a certain type of year.

On this day in North Carolina, I knew that the late afternoon storm was a small cell, and it would pass quickly, perhaps letting the sun peak beneath the clouds to light them from the bottom.  And, to my satisfaction, it actually happened!

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Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

HDR Photo

Special Discount Extended – Great for New Photographers and Beyond!

It was such a huge success… I am going to keep the special 20% off on the HDR Video Tutorial active for the next 24 hours — so hurry! I’ve heard that Cyber Monday is bigger than Black Friday, so we will see here… Use the code BLACKTREYFRIDAY at checkout and you’ll see the discount activated.

Daily Photo – The Lighthouse

Here is another photo taken during my Thanksgiving holiday trip to visit family on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Even though I spent most of the time with family doing family-stuff, I did head out on occasion to take a few photos. I never got to visit the various piers… but the wonderful lighthouses are great subjects for photography… and the skies worked nicely too!

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Roanoke Island Lighthouse

HDR is fun! Get ready for a new special coming tomorrow...

Black Friday Spacial – Check tomorrow!

Tomorrow I’ll give out a great deal on the HDR Video Tutorial!  So get ready…  until then, here is a new image below for you that I just took last night… a little Thanksgiving freshness for you!

Daily Photo – Roanoke Island Lighthouse

I’m visiting family for Thanksgiving here on Roanoke Island, and I went out last night after a storm to take some photos. This area is known for beautiful lighthouses, so I put myself on a little mission.

I didn’t initially plan on going out to take photos. It started with a jog on the beach a bit before sunset. I was jogging north, listening to good music, and the sun was on me. But, ahead of me, the clouds were dark and scary, like the ones circling Mordor. One of those surreal scenes unfolded in front of me… maybe you know the kind. The sun lit everything perfectly below the horizon, and above the horizon was heavy and foreboding. It was then that I decided that it would be an interesting night for photos!

So I jogged back to the house, got my rig, and headed out. All this while, I was still in shorts and a t-shirt, which were now wet with rain since the clouds had come to cover me up on the way home. I drove to this nearby lighthouse, but there was no good way to get this angle. The trees in front were about eight feet high, and there was no break in them… the only thing I could do is pull my car over (a rented minivan), and climb up on top with my tripod. There are not many things more slippery than the top of a wet minivan! So, I’m sure I looked like quite a fool clambering my way up there… but up there I got.

Roanoke Island Lighthouse

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  • Date Taken2011-11-23 16:56:14
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The Chemical Pool – the Abandoned Family Inns of America

Golden Ratio Video

Some of you that have heard me speak (or maybe from the Google Speech) know that I rant on and on about Composition, Phi, and the Golden Ratio. One of my New Zealander friends sent me this beautiful video below about numbers, math, Fibonacci, Phi, and all that good stuff.

Daily Photo – The Chemical Pool

I was driving from Tampa, Florida up to Washington, DC. Along the way, about halfway through North Carolina, near a little town called Rowland, I found an abandoned motel. It was called the “Family Inns of America”.

It looked like every roadside hotel you’ve ever seen, except it looked like it had run through about 20 different horror movies. Every room was completely gutted and scary, almost all the windows were broken, and the playground was rusted and creaked. I jumped out of the car with Ethan and we walked around, exploring the place. At one point, we found a bunch of old pink insulation pouring out of a split wall. My son had never seen insulation before and he asked what it was. I said, “I think it’s a pig skin.” That freaked him out big time. Oh yeah.

We stopped momentarily at the central pool, located right in the middle of the dilapidated complex.

The Chemical Pool

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  • Date Taken2018-05-10 21:09:32
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