Given the state of the world, one has to wonder if the better days are gone.... Here's to wishing for the best in the days ahead...
Wait for it.... Happy New Year! (almost)
The lights reflected on the water looks cool... just so hard to shoot!
I more or less made a decision to keep going back to the same beach and practice beach shots, and play with lighting conditions.
In the process I've been building up a story. Sort of, "A year in the life of a beach".
Singular images wouldn't say much about the beach, but put them in some sort of chronological order and you'll begin to notice things.
The most obvious being the position of the sun. This alone could tell you the time of the year, but then you throw in things like tides, amount of rocks on the beach, and what the people are doing (hint there are more surfers in Fall and Winter) and wearing, as well as weather patterns and you get a more complete picture.
So, a series of pictures becomes an essay... and the sum of the parts becomes a much bigger picture. Another aspect of photography.
Once last thing, for those who don't think California has Seasons... it does, they're subtle, but even the beaches have them....
I have to disagree with the conclusion. It just might be that America's better days are behind her.
Considering the Country is living on borrowed money, I don't think we can dictate our future any longer.
We've been dumbing down for decades and sending our jobs overseas... We live in a time where we know more about the characters on "reality" TV than what truly made this a great Country. So, I can see how wishful thinking might be tempting, but do we really have the wherewithal to turn things around?
I have my doubts...
Having been through this myself, I was more than happy to assist. He seemed generally interested in what I was showing him, and grateful for the help.
We chatted for a while, and I even took a few shots for him with his wife as the sun set in the background.
It made my day.
In fact, because they were so low on the horizon, sunset was about fifteen minutes earlier than it should have been.. That happens.
All in all, still not a bad why to end the day.
Sure, I can dodge and burn... this is out of the camera.
HDR is an area I've yet to seriously explore. I like the possibilities it opens up, so, yet another project to pursue.