Archive for ‘St. Augustine Beach’

September 23, 2012

Nothing between us

She’s not alone. There are actually hundreds of people all around her – to her left and right and also behind her. It took her a while to get situated, and I remember wanting to separate her from the crowd when I took aim. I think it was the fact that she was the only one to put her chair in the water. She was attempting to lose the distraction and focus on herself, the ocean and her book. I merely helped her achieve this. I’ve stared at this photo many times wondering what to write. In finally setting out to do so I now understand what was captured here. Strange how that happens after a month of wondering. I labeled the file “beach chair lady” shortly after taking the photo. I think that and the book is exactly what she was going for.
Nothing between us
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September 10, 2012

The hole in the sky

When storms go out to sea they attempt to linger forever. The vast ocean horizon never lets them die, unless they begin to break up before they fall off the edge. I guess it’s actually the same on an open plain, but the ocean makes it just a bit more dramatic.
Hole in the sky
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September 2, 2012

Understated sunrise

I woke early on my final day in Florida hoping some evening storms would leave a dramatic sky. It didn’t happen, but what was left looked serene and held beauty in a simple way. I’m planning a photo shoot with a friend in Chicago to capture downtown at sunrise in the coming weeks. We’re sure to find drama with the buildings against the first light.
Understated sunrise
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August 25, 2012

Exiting the beach

I guess for me this is more of a metaphor for leaving Florida than anything else. Sadly, I had to remove a box of beer that was discarded in the scrub brush via photoshop. I hope the littering was unintentional.

The regular afternoon storms leave great sunset opportunities with whatever residual cloud formations hang around for the color. I was very happy to be out on the beach capturing them. It was a good trip, and I have maybe a dozen more photos to post from the experience. I’m looking forward to that.Exiting the beach
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August 22, 2012

The park way

This has to be one of maybe a few dozen photos of this park on the internet as of this posting. Ocean Hammock Park opened just three months ago in St. Augustine Beach, but there isn’t much to it. It seems to be just a long, bending boardwalk from the A1A to the beach, which is a beautiful walk, but it only takes a five or six minute brisk walk to complete. The question begs to be asked: Is a park that is merely a walkway actually a park? It’s called a park, so it must be.

I walked about a third of the way to the beach through the greenery and stopped when I suddenly saw my shadow. That meant the sun was peeking through a clearing and might produce some nice flare. Turning around, there wasn’t much time to grab the light before it fell behind the brush. I’m not sure why so many people avoid lens flare. To me it adds a touch of magic.
The park way
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August 19, 2012

Sunset beach houses

They poke up over the dunes that are littered with poisonous snakes and look across the vegetation to the sea as if they are children peeking over a fence. They may be small from a distance, but no doubt someone’s mansion is what we’re staring at here. Nothing less would be visible nor affordable from this point of view.

The front pushed past in a boomerang shape only an hour prior. It left behind this wedge of cooler air after the humid heat of the Floridian afternoon sun. Surrounded by thunderstorms on three sides, the sky went different colors in each direction. To the north, pastels of pink and blue. To the west, white puffy clouds juxtaposed the the eastern ocean’s thick purple and navy monsters. And to the south, red and orange hues flanked the super-cell’s boundary.
Sunset beach houses
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August 16, 2012

Color in the black

When we walked out on the beach it was close to pitch black. I’m assuming there are rules about having lights out there where the turtles lay eggs – I’ve seen that before. At first, all you could see was the foam off the lip of the water rolling over itself, but as we approached you could make out the tall grasses and the shiny stones. Looking south, down the Florida Atlantic coast, light emanated up over the dunes from multiple sources. Hot spots and cool spots formed a disjointed rainbow.

I ripped my ISO up to 1600 to grab the colored lights and green grasses. No colors were manipulated in this photo, but I did push up the contrast to let the light play up into the sky. As the light creeps away down the coastline to the faraway left the darkness of the ocean dominates the horizon. It’s like a vast blanket of black.
Color in the black
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