Iphoneography and a Olloclip

I always shoot with my iphone (when I don’t have my DSLR) while on the go and occasionally break out the Olloclip. As we were tending to our garden a few days ago I discovered these guys. Lady Bugs and (upon some research) baby Milkweed bugs. So I broke out the Olloclip and snapped away. Enjoy!

All photographs are Copyright © of Michelle Vann Photography.

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Lake Guntersville

Over the weekend my hubby fished in a bass tournament at Lake Guntersville in North Alabama. I went with him to have a mini weekend birthday getaway.. It went by really fast and I missed my little man tremendously! But Lake Guntersville didn’t disappoint. The landscape and sunset were not to shabby. Here are some photos from the weekend!

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Stay tuned I have a couple of photo series in mind!

All photographs are Copyright of Michelle Vann 2013.

Top Favorites of 2012!

Hi guys this is the first post of the Blog! Its been a long time coming and why not start it off with a bang, or a insanely long post! Originally this was going to be a top 12 of 2012 post but as most other fellow photographers have stated, its not possible to just pick 12! I ended up with 46..

This year has been amazing photography wise. I lived in Hatteras, North Carolina, which is on the Outer Banks, all year. My husband was stationed there with the U.S. Coast Guard and I was given the opportunity to witness the beauty of this beautiful coastal island. Sadly, at the end of this year my husbands career with the Coast Guard ended and we moved back home to Alabama. I sure will miss that little island and most of all the sun, surf, sand, and especially the sunsets..

So here it is! My top favorite photographs out of literally thousands. Hope you enjoy them!

Oh, and Happy New Year! And I promise the next posts won’t be this long!

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Fire! | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

In April a Civil War Reenactment came to the island. The first day was rainy and grey, typical Hatteras, but the second day was beautiful! These guys were awesome with their cannon firing and knowledge. They were based out of Virginia and do these quite often.

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Black Skimmer | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Island Fourth of July | Hatteras Island, Avon, North Carolina

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The View From Above | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

This was from my first and only time climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. My Mom and I braved the tallest lighthouse in the United States this year and in the summer! I’m glad I conquered my fear of heights and climbed it because as you can see the view was quite breathtaking!

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It’s Electric! | Hatteras, North Carolina

This was my first ever capture of lightning and it was in my backyard! After this capture I’ve been hooked on severe weather photography. Storm chasing is an awesome adrenaline rush!

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Barley Barrels | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

This is one of my first surf photos, after this I was hooked! This guy, Brett Barley, is awesome! He’s a pro surfer who grew up on the island and still lives there. I photo stalked the surfers a lot, especially him! 

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Hang Time | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

Brett Barley catching September summer air.

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Lonesome Lefty | Frisco Pier, North Carolina

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October Wave | Frisco Pier, North Carolina

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Searching For Waves | Frisco, North Carolina

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Sunset Surfers | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Orion and His Orionid | Hatteras, North Carolina

This was my first attempt at shooting a meteor shower and this is the only one I captured!  It was a cold and long night but it was worth it in the end. I’m also hooked on Astrophotography now as well!

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Barley’s Boards | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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November Barrels | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Stop! | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Sands of Time | Nags Head, North Carolina

As our time came to and end on the island, I realized I hadn’t even photographed Jockey’s Ridge! It is the tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern United States and part of where the Wright Brothers first took flight! 

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Steel Wool Trails | Beauregard, Alabama

First time experiementing with steel wool. Its pretty cool once you get the hang of it and have a husband willing to be the guinea pig!

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Pastel Placid | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Revere Copper Cannon | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

A closeup of the Civil War reenactment group’s cannon.

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Spiral | Hatteras, North Carolina

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A Different Sunset Perspective | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Got My Fly On You | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Little Green Tree Frog | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Fire In The Sky | Cape Point, Buxton, North Carolina

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Just The Sea and Me | Cape Point, Buxton, North Carolina

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Praying Mantis | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Rodanthe Rays | Rodanthe, North Carolina

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Coast Guard Station Sunset | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Sea Oats Sunset | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Sunset Surfers Part II | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Washed Ashore | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Soundside Sunset Pano | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Firefighter Momma | Beauregard, Alabama

Yep, that’s my Mom!

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Wave Breaker Post Sandy | Rodanthe, North Carolina

Sandy was pretty brutal on Hatteras Island. The road was out and just now got fixed last week! This is Wave Breaker..She’s still holding on. Just has a little bit of a gangsta lean now..and a serious ocean view!

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Great Dismal Swamp Canal | South Mills, North Carolina

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Soundside Oats | Canadian’s Hole, Avon, North Carolina

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Golden | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Hatteras Light | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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Lighthouse Sunset | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

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The Sunset Spot | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Sky Fire | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Retaining Wall Sunset | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Sunset Selfie | Hatteras, North Carolina

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Infinite | Canadian’s Hole, Avon, North Carolina

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To Inifnity..And Beyond | Canadian’s Hole, Avon, North Carolina

Sometimes on Hatteras Island the wind is calm..Most of the time its not, but when it is its amazing! The water meets the horizon and you can’t tell where either of them start.

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse | Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, North Carolina

If you made it this far thanks for checking them out!!

All photographs are Copyright © of Michelle Vann.