I’ve had enough of these grey and rainy days. I’m going through sunset withdrawal. Beach withdrawal. Don’t get me wrong, I have not forgotten how frigid cold and snowy winters up north are. I am glad to now have to deal with that. That said, it is hard being on the beach every day but the rain keeps me from enjoying it. Soon enough the sun will be back!
Really thick fog rolled into Folly Beach this morning. I was on my way into work, but decided to drive to the pier instead. I made a video on the farthest edge of the pier just after sunrise. Who needs coffee to wake up when you got something like this.
Today I saw a washed up starfish moving around, so I saved her life (so I like to think) by tossing her back in the water. I then got my pants soaked and shoes filled with water by running after a can of beer floating in the waves. I did get a free beer koozie out of it though!
A photographers main role is to look how others do not look. To see things from perspectives that transform them. To do more than just crop and print. Take for example this image. On a beach covered in sand I somehow was able to create rolling green hills, as if we are in Ireland… There may not be any mountains at the beach, but with the right lens and the right perspective, you can move mountains.
The beach was slightly uninspiring today. Cold, cloudy, colorless… but then I found this awesome sphere shaped rock. I kicked it around a bit, then took it’s picture… Textural minimalism.
When chasing sunsets, I have been trying to pay attention to the other parts of the sky, not just where the sun is. This is the marsh at high tide, exactly opposite of the setting sun. The gradients in the sky, also reflecting in the marsh, made for a calming capture.
I usually only share creative ideas and imagery on this blog, but this moment was just too cute not to share. My dog Piper rarely comes to the beach even though I am there nearly every day. She doesn’t like water or getting wet. When we walk there, she pulls and always wants to get farther and farther from the waves. She still seems to appreciate it though.
The lighthouse off the coast of Folly Beach is no longer operational. Last night, as a special occasion, it was lit up for a few hours. I took a bunch of photographs then blended them together to create this image. The fireworks being set off all around the peninsula of Charleston really added to the moment.
The happiest of New Years from me to you!
Perhaps 2020 will be full of love and light!
I don’t really like flying. I usually get stressed out, and even though driving is far more dangerous, I always assume I’m going to crash on a plane. If I traveled more often that would probably change… I always get a window seat though, because I absolutely love seeing the world from a different perspective. This is my view landing in Philadelphia at night. The city lights of Philly look like the complex motherboard of some super computer.
RIP Ram Dass. 1931-2019.
This man had a huge impact on my life, helped me through some very hard times, made me laugh, made me cry, and made me realize I have so much to learn about life. I never met him, but his countless hours of lectures, talks, and stories have made him my teacher. People like this die, but never go away… Remember: We’re all just walking each other home.