Photography – Shooting The Beach

While doing some pre-fall cleaning, I have found more beach photos. As I have gotten older, I really am not a beach person. There are a few things at the beach that can make shooting interesting. The piers, the dunes, the sunrise and sunsets and more….

Not only are you looking at sand but snow on the dunes!

The first lesson of photography, don’t shoot just to be shooting! When I shot the pier I was not just thinking “Oh that would make a cute pic” but how interesting the geometrics were of the cross beams underneath the pier. The more complex your picture is the more interesting to the viewer. It’s the “WOW” effect that you are after.

In the second picture, I didn’t just want to get the beach but to capture the whole experience. Even the sea oats seem to make a statement. Make the uninteresting interesting. It was important not to just capture the beach but the snow on the beach. Not just the dunes, but capture the holes and footprints on the dunes. Don’t settle for less than perfect pictures. If you are not there yet, keep practicing you will be there soon.

Have a great day shooting!

Surviving The Storm

While we survived another hurricane, more importantly, we are reminded of God’s power and love. Gratefully, we suffered no damage, we lost no power, and we awakened to another beautiful day.

While some people fear the storms, they may have far worse storms in their own lives. We cannot give into fear. While certainly there are times when we all experience fear but it is important not to let fear overwhelm us.

The Bible repeatedly tells us DO NO FEAR. Regardless of your chosen faith, it is important to know that we can take control of most situations and those that we cannot control we have to be willing to give to a higher power.

In the song “Standing In The Storm”, the Sharps relay this point that we are not alone during these times of fear and helplessness. Whatever your personal situation is like last night’s storm and the following pictures shows…the sun will come up again and life will continue!

Dawn on the river…

The Beach

For thousands of people, the beach is not just a place to plant your feet in the sand, but a place to depart from their busy lives. It’s like taking a bath and washing off all of the dirt in the ocean. Here are some shots to remind you of your beach experience.

Sand Dunes
Ocean at dawn…
The Beach
The Waves

While Covid-19 may have limited our access to the beach over the past few months, we will always have the memories!

Barn Mania

Tobacco Barn

Like most baby boomers, these structures covered in ivy green were once a vivid part of our youth! Since my grandfather owned a large farm, there were quite a few of these. They were tall and sturdy. They housed large burners that curred the tobacco. The guys would stand on the tier poles that ran horizontally across the barn to hang the tobacco sticks on the pole above them. The girls would loop the tobacco onto the stick and hand the sticks up to the first guy. While it was hard work, we still had fun.

There were several 🚜s on the farm. I learned to drive one at an early age. At that time I did not realize how beneficial that would be but proved to be when I started driving a car.

Prior to those nice tractors were the old mule and the old wooden wagon with rough hewn wheels that I could have sworn were square from the rough ride.

Here are more different types of barns:

This is the barn on my grandfather’s land. His old truck still sits there.
This is another barn on the same land.
This is one of the oldest I have found and it happens to be on the Quilt Trail.

A Beach Experience

Thousands of people each year flock to the beaches just to get a glimpse of the rolling waves, massive piers and calming sand dunes. The images below were shot several years ago. They are a reminder of calmer times.

A Pier Experience

While hundreds of people walk on these rough wooden planks daily to catch what lies beyond, others are satisfied just to relax in their shadow.

Fading Dunes

These sandy dunes are just an example of the deteriation of the beaches. While the Sea Oats fight to hold back each grain, beach traffic and harsh weather has taken it toll on the environment.

Sunrise At The Beach

Other than the tramatic sunsets, this image is a scene everyone would love to wake up to.

Our environment and lifestyle have deteriorated greately since these shots were taken. This is a reminder that we cannot afford to take even one moment for granted.

More Photography

Dragonfly
Bonded Pair
Beside still waters….
Technique matters…

There are few boundaries on what I will shoot. I used to be a wedding photographer and did that for about seven years. I felt trapped and that my creativity was suffering. I quit after a client was taking too long to pay me because I was not only not enjoying it but got tired of the disrespect. I never had a single complaint and all my customers got perfect shots and lots of them.

Finally, after much deliberation, I quit! With frustration in my gut it was a while before I picked my camera back up again. When I did I began just shooting anything that attracted me, birds, houses, landscapes and waterfalls. The more I shot the more relaxed I became with it. Maybe it didn’t come with a paycheck, but I was finally happy with what I was shooting. Hope you enjoy my blog.

A House With No Name

A house with no name in days of old could tell many tales or full of lost souls. Its windows are broken and its doors have lost its charm, its broken floor could cause harm.

And yet you can imagine amidst the dust and wethered boards an untold story of working hands on piles of wood cords.

The story we may not know but it is not quite at the end for this house is still standing just ahead around the bend.

A Black And White Moment

As a professional photographer, you learn to adapt to equipment changes and processes. One thing I have always loved is black and white shots. Even the most boring subjects seem to come alive in detail.

While I was doing my training and yes, shooting with a manual 35mm camera, my most enjoyable moments were in the darkroom developing my prints. Most photographers now can’t comprehend the difference between film and digital. The difference in quality is simply this; in film photography the camera sees and prints and exact copy of the image you have taken, in digital you are simply getting a computerized interpretation which limits quality. There is nothing in shooting digitally than can compare to watching your own prints come alive right before your eyes. Seeing the images appear in an otherwise blank piece of paper is simply amazing. I still shoot use these cameras and just sent off a number of rolls so I will post some of the pics from those when I get them.

In the meantime, here is my most recent black and white print. I simply call it “Among The Lillies”.

Among The Lillies