Sun Over the Whalehouse

From a little research (thanks Google!) this house in the Currituck Heritage Park in the Outer Banks is named the Whalehouse. It was built between 1922 and 1925 and is 21,000 square feet. The family that built it (the Knights) seemed to have lost interest in it and it remained unoccupied for many years. In 1969 it was sold for, get this, $25,000. The house suffered significant vandalism and deterioration as it remained vacant for years to come. Finally it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and restored in 1999 (at the cost of a few million bucks).

With all that history, there is something about this place. Maybe it recalls a distant time in our history, a time when grandeur and simplicity seemed to reign (or at least the romantic in me would like to believe that). I love its canary yellow exterior, and the roof tiles, and the lines of the exterior windows.

The day this was taken, the sky was really blown out. Sun was high and really bright, not ideal conditions at all for making a nice photograph. Swiched to HDR mode and did a 5 frame bracket, in retrospect I should have done 7 frames with an emphasis on the highlights as the sky to me was a bit difficult in post to pull back, but I think this image works… I debated removing the colorful sun-flare that my lens caused, but decided that it really added another dimension to this photo.


Whalehouse OBX


One Response to “Sun Over the Whalehouse”

  1. guardadocumentos Reply August 8, 2009 at 7:48 am

    its a awesome piece.

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