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Sunrise at OBX

March 21, 2010

I love the ocean…I love the beach. There is nothing more beautiful and serene than watching a sunrise or sunset over the ocean.  I went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC this past summer.  I stayed near the house in Rondanthe, NC that was featured in a movie.  As part of my artistic side venturing out, I decided that I would get up one morning and “film” the sunrise.  Using my Kodak 5 Mp digital camera and my newly acquired camera tripod, I got up at 5 am and trudged out onto the beach.  Being the old sentimental guy that I am, I brought my Sony PSP and Purdue U. throw blanket out there too to play some tunes. 

I set the camera and tripod up facing the most likely direction the sun would pierce the sky and at 0530 hours I started to click one frame, every 5 minutes until way past 0630 hrs.  Interestingly enough, there are still people that go onto the beach at 0600 to walk and jog, even on a cold summer morning.

Back home, I took all of the photos that I had taken from that sequence and sized them down in Photoshop.  This was done in anticipation of a better upload time and rendering time for later. I then took the sequence of pictures into Adobe AfterEffects and also edited and uploaded a clip from the hit single,”Warmth of the Sun” by the Beach Boys.  The only difficulty was getting each picture to appear long enough to give the scene a flowing feel.   Rendering the final video took no time at all and this is the final product of my stop motion animated sunrise over the Outer Banks.