Week 14: Zoomed In Landscape

So I decided to take a different approach to a favorite subject of mine for this week’s theme — the beach!  That’s right!  I’m still holding on to the last of the “vacation photos” to work out some of these themes.  To be fair, I did take these photos while I was there with the intention to use them for this challenge, it’s just taken me longer than I would have liked to get to them.

Instead of taking the typical rolling landscape, or seascape rather, photos of the beach, I tried to look at different aspects which would usually go unnoticed.  While I do walk around in a day dream a lot of the time while on the beach, I also pay attention to the details.  For some reason, I don’t usually capture them.  I have to say, I do make a serious effort sometimes when out and about to just enjoy where I am, so I intentionally try to not get caught up in taking photos of everything.  Maybe that’s why these details have gone “uncaptured” for so long.  This particular visit, I just couldn’t pass it up.

It started with me wanting to capture a vertical oriented, bird’s eye view type photo of a wave washing up on shore.  I worked on it for a while, trying to get just the right angle.  After getting that, since the camera was already out, the day dream phase of that walk on the beach was over, and I started paying closer attention to some things I had noticed earlier.

In Daytona, the beach is surprisingly flat.  Maybe that’s because I’m so used to the Ocean City beaches, which due to erosion, have to be rebuilt each year and have a much steeper drop off.  So when I’m walking on this amazingly flat beach, I’m always captivated by how far you can walk out in the water and have it still be below your knees,  as well as all of the interesting things going on on the beach.  There are a lot more shells and sea critters, and like this trip when it’s a little rainy, there are a lot more interesting shapes in the sand.  I’m not quite sure what caused all of these patterns, but as I was walking and enjoying the view, I was also taking mental notes of interesting patterns to return to on the way back.  I mean, ok, it’s the waves and the crabs doing this, obviously, but I over think things.  I try to figure out just how the water could have done whatever it is that I’m looking at.  I should probably just enjoy it, and not over analyze.

So, the crabs, bubbles, and gentle waves were causing all kinds of patterns and abstract looking “compositions”.  Instead of just focusing on the sea and wider landscape, I decided to zoom in on the little details.  I kept the same methodology as my wave picture, and shot nearly everything by looking directly down and zooming in as much as possible.  I have to say, this is one case where I wish I was taller.  Even though I’m trying to get close up details, I’m a little short, so it’s hard to get a good focus and fight the urge to hunch over.  It was fun looking at things from this view, and I saw plenty of interesting patterns along the way.  I did have to run off the beach before I was quite finished, since a storm was quickly approaching, so I think I’ll keep working on this, and different views of the beach, on my next visit.  Let’s hope that’ll be sooner than later 🙂

Springing in to a Fresh Start

April showers bring May flowers!

Well, we may have been missing out on an abundance of April showers, but we’re getting a sneak preview of what the May flowers are going to be!  Thankfully, it appears that winter has taken its last bitter breath, and we are finally in the midst of spring.  A new season, a new beginning, and a fresh start for lots of little flowers, plants, and creatures.  Oh yes…creatures.  Luckily, the only “creatures” I encountered this week were the pleasant ones; tons of chirping birds, my normal encounters with my roommates (aka – the ladybug infestation), and tons of little bees buzzing around as I was out and about today.  I’m glad I decided to keep it simple this week.  We had great weather, and it was nice enjoying the outdoors and taking some photos of the flowers and budding blossoms.  Though I didn’t get to explore much of the outdoors, snapping these flower photos inspired me to (hopefully) get out to the cherry blossoms which are in “peak bloom” in D.C.  Seems like even though I’m so close by, I’m always missing them.  I might have to make the effort and get out there this week, particularly since the business task for this week is a “personal shoot”, meaning to basically just shoot whatever you want, and I’ve been wanting to do this for years!  Enjoy the pics, and perhaps this won’t be the last you’re seeing of the spring blossoms:)

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.

-Lewis Grizzard

Week 14: Fresh Start

The sun will come out tomorrow.  Tomorrow is a new day!  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Fresh starts are what I’m all about these days!  Besides the fact of making a new start in going back to school and leaving my banking career, I’ve recently been faced with a ton of other decisions, which once made, will be a whole other fresh start. Maybe I’ll be starting a new job, definitely will be going to a new school, and may be making a huge move, geographically speaking.  Starting over can be scary, nerve-wracking, intimidating, and all kinds of negative things that would make some stray away from giving it a try.  Or, they could be exciting, up lifting, motivating, and all the things you ever wanted.  I’m hoping for the later, though I feel a lot of the former when faced with decisions that have me changing everything.  I think most of the fear that comes with change comes from the unknowns and the “what ifs” of life.  Once you have that all figured out (easier said than done), then the “fresh start” can be a really great thing — you just have to work to get there.  So this week, maybe I’ll take a more simple approach.  With everything seeming so big and complicated in my life right now, my brain has been on overload, and it would be a welcomed change.  Besides, spring is finally all around me, and there are so many wonderful natural things that are making a fresh start of their own.  It would be great to get out there and take some pictures of them.

So I’ll leave you with one of the best “fresh starts” I’ve ever seen.  Waking up extremely early while on vacation to catch the sunrise definitely has its benefits, especially while you’re at the beach.  I’ve always loved these photos.  The clouds were in a way that you don’t often see at sunrise, and with the surf bubbling up, it made me feel like I couldn’t tell where the water ended and the sky began.  Can’t wait to get back there.  Love you, beach.

Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.

-Rae Smith