Posts tagged ‘sunset’

If you’ve frequented my blog even a little bit, you know that I have no shortage of photos containing a body of water, a sunset or both. Admittedly, it’s not hard to take a photo of a sunset and have it come out looking great, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop anytime soon. This shot is a favorite of mine from a sequence of over 200 shots (no joke…) I took during a particularly spectacular sunset as seen from the “backyard” of a vacation rental spot in Key Largo while on my annual reunion trip with 20ish of my close college friends. Seen on the pier is a small group of said friends enjoying the view.

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Whenever I go through my archives of photos I inevitably find a few here and there that I never edited and shared for some reason or another. This is a shot from last August when I took my camera surfing with me. I’ve been craving some surf action lately and have been waiting anxiously for the water to get a little warmer so that I can tolerate it. This photo definitely made me want to get back out there and catch some waves.

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Nothing beats a cliché sunset shot on the beach with a runner in it.

Those footprints you see in the bottom right of the photo are from my friend Josh and I trudging through what we thought was going to be some squishy sand and turned out to be foot and a half deep mud. We thought we were safe to cross the small stream of water to start our climb back up the hill, but as soon as we got close our feet sank straight into it and we submitted to slowly working our way across, one foot out of the mud at a time.

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For those of you that know me well, you know I don’t particularly like shooting weddings. At all.

I have been known to be coerced into photographing them on a rare and special occasion if I’m close with the people getting hitched and they ask nicely enough. Well, I officially came out of my “retirement” from weddings after a year-long hiatus for my two good friends Dylan Burrows and Mylah Watkins (now Burrows). Back in the fall of 2007, I lived in Greece and was a sort of temporary assistant to the Greece program they were both attending at the time. They met while living there and became close friends before returning to the states and later getting romantically involved. How could I say no to such a perfect couple who met in my favorite country and grew to know eachother in my company?

I couldn’t.

After the beautiful ceremony, which was led by the director of the Greece program, I was a little discouraged by the lack of light I had to work with, as it’d set fairly quickly in the moments we scrambled to take family group shots. Lucky for me, the lighting just after sunset paired with the warm glow beneath the gazebo(?) they shared vows beneath made the perfect setting for the best shot of my day.

I figured it was blog-worthy and decided to post it for the world to see. Just don’t get any ideas and start asking me to shoot another wedding anytime soon.

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I’ve realized that one of the most effective ways for me to deal with a bad day, week or month, is the ocean. When I lived in Greece, nothing took away my worries like floating in the Aegean Sea, so it would make sense that surfing provides that same therapeutic effect for me now. When I finally managed to get off work yesterday evening, I immediately shut off my phone, donned my wetsuit and hit the waves. They weren’t good waves, but they were good enough to surf and just bad enough that I had them almost all to myself, which was wonderful. I let myself get thrashed around for a while as I caught a few in, but spent the better part of my time out there paddling around and enjoying the peace of mind the water grants me. Nothing has the ability to melt away bad thoughts and bad days like the ocean. Luckily, I have a great little camera that had an affordable waterproof casing, so I’m able to combine my love of the ocean with my love of photography. I know photos don’t always do moments justice, but just imagine being out on that board, the pier to your right and the beach behind you as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon. The only sounds are the seagulls diving for their dinner and the water lapping at the edges of the board. It truly is one of the most incredible feelings to be out there.

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For those of you that don’t know, back in September, I got to do a wonderful thirty days of traveling thanks to JetBlue’s wonderful All-You-Can-Jet Pass. While traveling, I went to Aruba for the sole reason that it’s the first word in the song Kokomo. This photo was from my first night there after I’d gone on a beautiful sunset snorkeling tour that my couchsurfing host had hooked me up with via some friends of his that ran a water sports company on the beach.

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Admittedly, things haven’t been going too smoothly since I landed on the West Coast all of eleven days ago. Not only do I feel like nothing seems to be going right, but it almost feels as if everything that can go wrong is going wrong as well.

The other night, I’d had a supremely bad evening and found myself in the most sour mood. I put a plea up on Twitter, asking my followers for suggestions to get my spirits up and an old colleague/friend/mentor Jeff Montgomery replied with “take some pictures, stop seeing crap and look for light.”

It was exactly what I needed to hear/read.

The next day, I made a point to carry my camera around with me each place I went to try to take some pictures, stop seeing crap and look for the light. Not only did I find the light, but I started to remember why it was that I moved here in the first place…for the adventure, the weather and most of all, the scenery.

So, thank you Jeff, for kicking some sense into me and reminding me where to turn when I get down…to my camera and the light.

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During my stay in San Diego, I got to witness some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in a while. I walked down to the water one evening and snapped some shots while enjoying the cool breeze and gorgeous colors.  I just love how the water comes so far in, creating some great reflections of the colors in the sky.

10-22-09

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