Rainbow over the harbor in Oriental, NC.

The Best Places to Take Pictures When You Visit Oriental

and how to impress the locals.

You may not know Oriental as a photography destination and that’s fine by us locals! Part of what makes living, working and playing in Oriental so much fun is that we don’t have to share it with thousands of other people. But alas, sharing is caring and the photographic opportunities in Oriental are too good not to share! As always, and when visiting any destination, leave it a little better than you found it. Nothing says thank you quite like community respect. And on that note, here are the 5 best places to take photographs when you’re visiting Oriental.

The Robert Scott Bridge

Moon rising over Oriental, NC. Photograph by Will Conkwright

Shooting from the Robert Scott bridge offers the photographer great subject matter morning, noon or night. Sunrises can be stunning just before the sun crests the horizon but once over you’ll be shooting into the light. Sunsets are consistent due to the soft light on the harbor coming from the west. Check your moon tables and catch a “Moonrise Over Oriental” like the one seen here! Park at the harbor or the wildlife boat ramp and walk up. A little exercise is good for you!

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East End of South Avenue

With a perfect line of site over Whittaker Point this is an excellent vantage point for capturing a sunrise or moonrise. This isn’t the best sunset location due to the tall trees and homes that block most of the sun’s light. Park at Lou Mac Park and walk down or simply pull over at the end the road. This is also an excellent location for astro photography on a clear night.

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Lou Mac Park

Ample parking and plenty of subject matter around Lou Mac Park. Here you’ll find opportunities to capture the first rays of light with the new or old fishing pier in the foreground or focus on the beautiful oak trees that fill the park. The colorful Adirondack chairs are quintessential Oriental but you’ll likely need a flash if you’re trying to capture them at sunrise. Or simply wait until you see someone relishing in the easy living lifestyle our village offers and ask if you can take
their portrait!

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Under the Robert Scott Bridge

Several great vantage points can be found underneath the Robert Scott bridge. Relics of an old pier, bricks from a structure long since forgotten and several beautiful trees line the banks on this reach of Camp Creek. The bridge itself becomes a nice compositional element, especially as it’s basking in the final rays of sunlight. Park at the Wildlife Ramp or marina and walk just a few paces to find your ideal location.

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The Oriental Harbor

Shrimp Trawlers in the Oriental Harbor.

A trip to Oriental wouldn’t be complete without a photograph of the harbor. Shrimp trawlers, sailboats, colorful personalities, good light at sunrise, sunset, mid-day, cloudy, sunny… no matter the condition opportunity abounds in this area. If you can only shoot one place, this should be it. Though unlikely, alot of the area is on private property so be prepared to either ask for permission or forgiveness.

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Secret Spots

We can’t give away all our best locations! Come on down and find your own hidden gems! Here’s 5 bonus shots to provide a little inspiration. All of these images are within 10 minutes of Oriental. Want to know more about some of these locations? Just ask a local or shoot us a message using the contact form below! Most anyone you meet down in Pamlico County will be more than happy to share their knowledge. Thanks for reading and happy shooting!

Will is the owner of a full stack web development & photography firm based in Oriental, NC. He is the creator and founder of VisitONC.com. Will believes in beautiful design, loud music, fast motorcycles, entrepreneurship & giving back more than you take. To see Will’s photography check out willconkwright.com.