Well folks here it is… The Photographer’s Guide to the Outer Banks. The full release is of this ebook is scheduled for November 2012, but I have decided to offer you a sneak peak of what is to come. Now, a lot of ebook authors I have seen offer a free downloadable chapter either before the book is released to drum up interest or once the book has already been finished to help you get an idea as to whether or not its a book you want to buy. The biggest problem that I have seen with this is that more often than not it seems, the chapter you can download is really kind of worthless to you. Usually its a preface or the introduction. This is all well and good, but I want substance! So, when I say that this is the first chapter of the book, I mean this is the first chapter that gets into the the who, what, where, when, and why of photographing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. On top of that, this is also the chapter that deals with one of the most mysterious, unknown, unexplored, and lesser photographed hot spots on the Banks. . . The North Beach! Wild horse, massive shell beds, red foxes, old US Life Saving Stations, etc . . . this is THAT chapter.
When it is completed, this book will cover every square inch of the Outer Banks that is of interest to photographers – from the Virginia line all the way down to Shackleford Banks. With years of experience photographing and guiding along these islands, and many months working on this project, I have compiled what I consider to be the best of the best of the Outer Banks, with a special emphasis on the lesser known hot spots that you probably never knew about.
This book is designed to cover all the bases of outdoor photography on the Outer Banks as both landscape and wildlife photography locations are discussed. This book is not just a listing of the easy to get to locations as you will find that many subjects and locations are only accessible by four wheel drive, kayak, boat, with guides, waders, underwater housings, and the like. Like I said, this is a compilation of the best of the best that these world famous barrier islands have to offer.
Of course, its not all adventure photography that only the most dire hard of outdoor enthusiasts can partake in… Just know that all of that is in here as well. I wanted this guide to be comprehensive in scope and stand as a resource for both amateur and professional, young and old, hobbyist and adventurer alike. Thus is why you will find an entire chapter just on photographing the lighthouses and another just on photographing pelagic seabirds 30 miles offshore along the Gulf Stream! Likewise, you will find sections that discuss unique and creative ways of photographing iconic locations like the fishing piers, and then other sections on photographing one of the largest egret and heron rookeries in North Carolina where nearly 40% of the ENTIRE population of great egrets in the state nest!
You see, the Outer Banks are not just a vacation destination. Just like many of us make our annual photographic pilgrimages to places like the Grand Tetons, Bosque del Apache, the Everglades, and the Great Smoky Mountains, those that have come to know and understand the jewel that these islands are for photographic opportunities also list the Outer Banks as one of their top photo destinations. With this guide, I think that you will come to understand exactly why this is.
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