New Web Site

Stormy Skies and Footings — Outer Banks, NC © jj raia


It’s been long overdue. The design of these two current web sites have become a bit dated with the passage of over seven years. So it was time for a change and reorganization of the content to be, hopefully, more streamlined and easier to navigate among the different platforms. So what better time to start a new one than the beginning of the year.

The newest site, with a design change, darker background and livelier color scheme, will not contain any blog posts, but will have direct links to all the archived posts from the initial one in September 2014 through the Blog tab in the main menu at the top of the page of the new site. Another new site will continue to post new blog postings from time to time, and will also have links to all the archived posts back to 2014. So if you want to begin or continue to receive notifications of new posts, folios, videos, etc, Subscribe Here.

The new sites will have a greater range of content, including trip journals back to 1991, and Limited Edition Prints, in hopes of providing more information and insights into the photographic process from my perspective and personal journey in this medium we all share in common. So explore some of the over 60 pages of new content and visit some of the older blog posts to live through those major trips and experiences; just click the link below. Also, if you come across any problems with either of the new sites (which I’m sure there will be since I’m not really a web site designer… I just play one on TV), please use the contact page (accessed through the menu at the top of each site) to let me know and have it fixed.

So thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those folks who have followed this journey over the years, I appreciate it more than you could ever know. Don’t forget to sign up on the new blog site to continue to receive notifications when a new postings goes live.

OBX 2021 — Part Four

Early Dawn — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

It was with great anticipation when I went out for the first sunrise of the trip since most of the summer and early fall the camera remained inside the dark confines of the bag, and never saw the light of day. There were just a few clouds around the horizon where the sun would rise, so there was no expectation of much color, but the excitement of witnessing the beginning of a new day over the ocean was a great start to the trip. Just getting back into taking photos again left me joyful. When the sun finally broke the horizon, I was lucky to trip the shutter just as a wave broke in front of it and memorialize that singular moment (below). But without any clouds in the area, I looked to the northeast for photos. That series of photos was discussed in Part Two and would be the polar opposite of any images available looking toward the sun.

Surf at Sunrise — Corolla Beach, NC © jj raia

OBX 2021 — Part Three

As was the case last year, I was blessed this year with plenty of clouds during the week at the Outer Banks that played an important role in the resulting photos. Generally speaking, nothing enhances a broad landscape, no matter where it might be, more than an interesting sky with dramatic light, but even more so along the coast where there are no rocks, cliffs or mountains in the distance to help a composition. It seemed that almost every time I ventured out in the morning, things looked pretty gloomy with poor prospects, only to be rewarded with a few moments of great light streaking across the clouds. My time at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge was similar. At first taking dull photos, feeling it was just a practice session for recording streaks in the surf, the sun popped through the cloud cover to light up a few clouds. As in the last post, I was trying to position the tripod where the surf would reach its furthest before returning back, and managed to get one frame showing that leading line almost down the middle, pointing to some reflections and a gathering of birds. A leading line is best utilized when it not only draws the viewer’s eye deep into the frame, but actually leads to something as well. Many of those birds blurred out and became distracting with the longer shutter speed, so there wasn’t any personal conflict about removing them, again with the clone tool in Photoshop. But a few of them were nearly motionless during the exposure, so they remained. Shortly thereafter, the few clouds that lit up lost their orange glow and I turned my attention away from the ocean.