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"After the Nor'easter" (High Tide Waves Crashing Against Lynch Park Seawall) Nikon D300, 50mm, F/16, 1/320s, +0.3EV, ISO 640

What the hell is WRONG with me?

That is the question I should have been asking when I jumped off the sea wall, at high tide after a Nor’easter, to get this shot!

Fact of the matter is, I tried all conceivable angles from atop the wall and nothing was properly capturing the power of the incoming tide. The sight was amazing; the sound, deafening.

So there I was, faced with (really) the only choice. All I had to do was jump. 

Yes, I got completely soaked.

Yes, the water was freezing.

And, YES, it was TOTALLY worth it! 😀

Went down to the beach for a walk in the (cold) fresh air and was delightedto find this bit of color in the sand!

“Mussel Beach” (Common Blue Mussel with Seaweed) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/50s, -0.3EV, ISO 400


“Scout” (Seagull) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/10, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

As I was leaving the beach on that bitter day last week, I stopped to snap a few shots of a seagull who was very intently watching the water. It was so cold that my fingers could barely work the shutter and I figured the images would be useless.

Believe or not, I shot this in color, vivid color, but since the sun had tucked behind a cloud, all the tones were instantly muted. And if I had thought anything about it at the time (and I wasn’t so damn cold), I certainly would have made certain my horizontals were indeed horizontal

But seeing how the angles play off each other, now I’m glad I didn’t! 🙂

Another lovely day! Blue sky, sun shining and temps in the mid-40’s. Had to get out and enjoy it while I could since, alas, winter returns tomorrow. Sigh

The seagulls were, once again, the focus of my attention but this time I concentrated on single subjects that caught my interest. 

One gull was particularly brave, venturing closest to my lens.

Free of the Old Ball and Chain

“Free of the Old Ball and Chain” (Seagull) Nikon D300, 280mm, F/14, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

While another couldn’t have been more remote, spending most of the time on a far rock. I was quite surprised when s/he decided to take flight! 

Spread Your Wings and Fly

“Spread Your Wings and Fly” (Seagull Taking Flight) Nikon D300, 310mm, F/7.1, 1/500s, ISO 400

I also took another stab at panning and was pretty pleased with this capture: 

Pan's Flight

“Pan’s Flight” (Seagull in Flight, Panning Technique) Nikon D300, 260mm, F/14, 1/160s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

All in all, a good day at the beach. Hopefully, nice weather will take me back there again – soon!

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