Following up from my previous post on Jekyll Island, the tide came in and the sun came up. There was a heavy fog rolling through the area, blocking out the sun but providing some great light. I decided to process this image with a duo tone look to give it a different feel. Overcast conditions are a double edged sword. It is great for taking images of flowers because everything is so evenly lit. There are very little harsh shadows to deal with. The other side of it is because the sun is diffused so much, it tends to make images of greater expanse very flat and uninteresting. I knew this while out shooting that morning and envisioned processing them as black and white or a toned images. On this particular image, I made it a cooler tone to give it a different feel. I positioned myself so that the sun was almost directly behind the tree. After composing, I took several bracketed images to ensure I had a good exposure. Processed in Lightroom ® and Nik Color Efex Pro ®. Hope you enjoy…
I really enjoy going to the beach before the sun is up. At an hour or more before sunrise, it is usually empty and peaceful. The surf is slowly breaking with the breeze blowing as you stand at the edge of the ocean. It is amazing to think that out in front of you lies endless miles of water. It makes you feel so minimal in the grand scheme of things on our earth. I usually try to check google earth prior to visiting a beach to see if there are any interesting features. Just a sandy beach can be interesting, but I try to find other elements to include as well. Rocks, a pier or jetty – something to give the beach some character.
Jekyll Island State Park is one such beach. There is a stretch of beach on this island that has ancient trees that were once part of the island. As years have passed and the island slowly erodes, the trees have ended up out in the surf during high tide. While the tide is low, you can easily access the beach and walk among these trees. Some of them have been toppled over from hurricanes in recent past, totally uprooted from the ground, but still lining the beach.
For this shot, I arrived 90 min before the sun was up and was able to scout out a few locations. The tide was very low, but starting to come in. Some fishing ships were leaving for the morning, as can be scene on the horizon. I set my white balance to tungsten to give the image a cold feeling. This is the first of several images I took while on the beach that morning.
Hope you enjoy…
Another shot from my visit to Jekyll Island. We stopped off at this pier that is on St. Simons Sound looking west. There were porpoises or dolphins that were in the area fishing, a nice breeze and a gorgeous sunset. A great place to watch the end of the day. Nikon D800, 16mm/F4 lens, Singh Ray 3 stop ND grad filter, Manfrotto Tripod, Really Right Stuff Ball Head.
During a recent vacation in Florida, we stopped in Georgia to visit with some family. One of the evenings, we visited Jekyll Island State Park on the Atlantic coast. Jekyll Island is a small piece of land just outside of Brunswick which has much to offer. I did a quick view of the island on Google Earth to see what Photography opportunities there could be on the beach. I typically look for piers, rocks, lighthouses …etc. I saw on the ocean side of the island, there are quite a few trees that were part of the beach landscape. After bringing it up with My wife’s cousin Angie she replied that they refer to it as driftwood beach. I would imagine that years ago, the island’s footprint was propably much larger and these trees were not growing out on the beach as it shows in the aerial image. We arrived on the island just as the sunset was approaching and made the short walk from a parking area out to the beach. Talk about an amazing view! The tide was high during our visit and was quite rough as well. We weren’t able to venture out onto the beach because. Why? Well, there wasn’t one with the high tide. The waves were crashing in right up to the small patch of woods. I spent about 30-45 minutes capturing different compositions. I got down low and composed my shot with an old stump in the foreground. Several times during the shot, I had to retreat from the crashing waves to keep from loosing my camera and tripod. It was well worth the effort and I came away with a few images that I was happy with. Nikon D800, 16-35mm lens, Manfrotto tripod, Singh Ray Gold n Blue Polarizer.