This shot was taken at 4:24pm. It is so covered with forest that anytime would be good to get this shot, maybe high noon would be best? We visited the Smokey Mountains in May to beat the crowds that happen after school lets out.
The Nags Head Fishing Pier is one of the few remaining wooden piers on the Outer Banks coast. Each year these piers are damaged by seasonal storms and replaced with concrete versions, so get your shots while it’s still there. While I’m starting to find “under-the-pier” shots a bit repetitious, the level of decay to this one lends a good bit of personality and the beach is somewhat level around the pier, giving you a good bit of wash for…
The Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier is another one of the few remaining wooden piers on the Outer Banks coast. Each year these piers are damaged by seasonal storms and replaced with concrete versions. This pier has been damaged to an unsafe point, so it’s been boarded off and condemned. With each year more and more of the pier is washed out to sea, so get your shots while it’s still there.
The erosion of Nags Head beaches will claim these houses soon enough, but until then you can capture some nice shot. Five beach houses in all and each one is very old and unique. I’d urge extreme caution to anyone who wants to venture inside of the homes. As you will see, they are in an extreme state of disrepair and are probably not very stable.
The Hatteras Island Jetty marks the original location of the Hatteras Island Lighthouse. Over the years it’s created a change in beach levels which provides a beautiful contrast between the static structure and the turbulent ocean.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park was the most visited national park in the United States in 2014. One of the attractions amidst the 521,896 acres of the park is Mingus Mill. The mill can be photographed any time of year, but fall is particularly nice. Peak fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains is usually between mid-October and early-November. You can check the park website for the fall color report. Also, visit on an overcast day for best results.…
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Hatteras_Light is an operating lighthouse located near the southern-most point of Hatteras Island and the greater Outer Banks of North Carolina. Definitely plan on spending the day enjoying the beach, either before or after your shoot. The area definitely has that small beach-town feel (and the accompanying price increase on just about everything).
The Bodie Island Lighthouse and caretaker building provide lots of character compared to many other pillar-style lighthouses. The surrounding area is completely undeveloped so the contrast of the lighthouse with the surrounding nature make for a number of angles and compositions.
The Roanoke Lighthouse is a decommissioned screw-pile lighthouse. A very unique style, looking more like a cottage than a typical pillar-style lighthouse. The coastal dock and walk-up dock provide a number of vantage points, but in my opinion a dead-on shot is the most dramatic. Be sure to spend some time before or after in the nice little town of Manteo, which is walkable from the parking lot.