Nikon D5 capturing the 2nd state park of NC–Fort Macon

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 125, ƒ/8, 1/800

I enjoyed taking a little time during my vacation on Emerald Isle Beach to take in Fort Macon State Park. Loved using the Nikon D5 for this adventure with the Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4 DG OS Art Lens.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 102400, ƒ/8, 1/40

Why was the Nikon D5 so helpful verses my smartphone like everyone else was using? Try taking this photo with a phone or any camera. This is shot at ISO 102,400. This was small room off the big room.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 125, ƒ/8, 1/800

I enjoyed walking around reading the plaques helping me to learn more about the history of the fort.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 8000, ƒ/8, 1/100

There are 26 casemates in fort (including sally port). One of them was restored to show the enlisted quarters during the civil war. The fort held off the union soldiers for one month as the union organized an attack. In less than 11 hours the fort was over powered by the canons firing at the fort. 526 canons hit the fort before they surrendered.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 125, ƒ/8, 1/400

The dynamic range of the Nikon D5 was great. the wall of the Citadel portion of the fort was in shadow, but it held together just fine all the way to the highlights.

You can even see detail in the Sally Port which is in the deep shadow during the middle of the day sunshine.

Many years ago I had been to the fort and knew what to expect. I just carried one lens to capture everything that I needed.

Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 6400, ƒ/8, 1/100

While many people will prefer a smartphone these days to capture their trips I still enjoy the DSLR and especially the Nikon D5 to capture those moments so I can actually see them as my eye enjoyed them in person.