Another beachfront image from the serene coast in Rye, New Hampshire (courtesy of the Hasselblad). I love the subtle and natural tones of this shot, and the rich contrasty details – all set off nicely by the smurf-blue house with the oceanfront view. I was going back and forth with what to post for the image today…and decided to stick with this week’s decidedly “water” theme. I hope you enjoy – and stay tuned for some architecture and streetscape images next week.
The shots aren’t quite polar opposites, but they are coastal opposites. The shot above was taken on the shore of South Beach in Miami on a warm morning just as first light made its way onto the atlantic coast, probably in the high 60s…and the shot below was taken on the shore of Rye Beach late in the afternoon after a major northeastern snow storm moved past the coast (dropping fresh snow) with temperatures probably in the low teens. What I’m sure of is the fact that the ocean is mesmerizing regardless of where you’re watching it from, with its sheer immensity laughing off my presence.
The beach is a wonderful place. I find it a bit more wonderful when it’s not incredibly overwhelming with hundreds of people and cars making their way through town. This winter scene is from the waterfront at low tide with the peaceful homes on the oceanfront standing watch over the intense winter weather…and all the people when they return.
Sticking with trying new things….here are a couple ocean shots snapped in warmer days earlier this year during the summer. Two interesting shots taken minutes apart…tracking the evolution of a wave. The top shot was a fast shutter speed…while the image below was a long exposure where you can see the water retreating back into the ocean while another wave rolls towards the shoreline.
If you’ve been a regular visitor, you know that it’s rare that I feature people or animals….this particular afternoon at the beach, I couldn’t help but admire the simple beauty of the happy dog running in the sand in the ridiculously nice afternoon light. The reflections of the water and the snow on the rooftops add a context to an otherwise typical beach scene…and something I never make the time to appreciate. Sometimes it’s nice to make exceptions! (Be sure to check this one out in large format by clicking the image…you can see just how crisp that doggie is against the water and the blue sky/water)
Minutes after sunrise on the beach in Boynton Beach, FL, the lifeguard on duty posted this singular red flag in the sand. This was part of their notification system to let beach visitors know that the water wasn’t swimmable. I thought it was an awesome scene, almost like a moon landscape with the American Flag posted in the sand…and believe it or not, it was quite cold. I think the temperature was in the mid 30s, and the ocean was fogging in the early morning light…and the cool colors of the ocean with the warm clouds in the distance and the starkly red flag made this a solid shot for me.
A misty evening at the beach in Rye, New Hampshire. This was taken the night before a hurricane was due to hit late in the summer this year…which ended up being a bit of rain and wind. Trying something new here with the borders.