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!

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.