Beach Photograph of the day
To help us get through the social distancing I'm giving you a touch of the beach. For the past weeks I've been digging through my photograph archives and posting a different beach scene each day. Some have been posted in the past and for others, it's their first time to be displayed. I hope you enjoy this virtual walk on the beach. I start with my photograph titled "Emptiness" because it's the feeling that many of us have during this time. I hope you enjoy what I've been putting together.
EmptinessRehoboth Beach, DE on March 9th 2017 just after sunrise. For the foreseeable future I'm going to post one of my beach scenes each day. Since we are no longer allowed to physically be there, I will bring it to you with my images. I thought that this one is a good start because I had originally titled it "Emptiness" which is very fitting for our present time. My hope is that this will bring some joy into our presently sheltered lives.
July MorningTaken from my boat at 5:59 am on July 9, 2015 in the Delaware Bay. To be there at that time required me to climb out of bed by 4:30, hook up my boat, grab all my gear, drive to the ramp, launch the boat and head to my spot in time to capture the sun. It was worth it.
The Lonely WhalerTaken during one of my early morning walks on Lewes Beach in August of 2018. It was 6:15 am, low tide and this little Boston Whaler caught my eye.
Herring Point SunriseTaken in the early morning hours of October 2015, this is another photograph that I've never posted. Typically I will pick and choose a couple photographs from a particular shoot and the others just sit on my hard drive, waiting... Today is going to be a bit chilly but the sun is to shine throughout the day. Get out there and enjoy it but, please, keep your distance to protect yourself and others.
IncomingI took this photograph from the back side of Gordon's Pond during the full moon of October 2013 as a small group of Canada geese were coming in for a landing. From this vantage point you look out over the pond with the ocean in the background.
Breakwater Lighthouse in Black & White(June 2015) - It's a dreary morning in Lewes today so I've decided on this black & white version of a sunrise over the Breakwater Lighthouse in Lewes.
Early RisersTaken at 6:37 in the morning on Aug 18, 2018 at Bowers Beach. I got up at 4:30 that morning to connected with a friend of mine named Jason and we drove 45 minutes to get to Bowers Beach for the sunrise. When we first got there I saw these guys loading up their boat for a day on the water and the timing of their heading out was perfect.
By the SeaRopes & Poles, a quintessential element of the beach. Taken at Bower's Beach, DE on Aug. 18, 2018.
Fencing of BroadkillFor today's photograph I've found another that I've never posted in the past. This was taken in the early morning hours of March 1st, 2016 on Broadkill Beach. Beach fencing has a way of attracting my attention and drawing me in to capture an image.
Beach FenceThere is just something about the sand fence and the sunrise that go so well together. This was taken at the vehicle beach access on the south side of Cape Henlopen State Park just a few minutes after sunrise on March 9th, 2017.
The Breakwater LighthouseTaken from the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier on June 16, 2015 as the sun was beginning to peak over the horizon.This is another image that I've never posted in the past.
Standing on TopWhich I don't recommend... To take this photograph, I stood on top of the jetty structure which can be slippery and you risk falling and/or getting wet feet. This was taken on the same early January 2018 morning adventure as one of the other recent Beach Photographs that I posted.
Has This Ever Happened to YouAs Juni and I were walking down Lewes Beach this lovely early morning in June of 2017 I saw this beach umbrella that had been destroyed by the wind. This morning, as I was searching for my image of the day, I saw it and though... hmmm. I wonder how many people this has happened to over the years. If you look close, you will see Juni out in front searching the beach.
Dolles in the Morning(Jan 24, 2018) - This one is for my friends who are missing Rehoboth Beach. It was taken just 15 minutes after sunrise on the boardwalk of Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Lighthouse, Boat & Swim PlatformThis is another photograph that I've never posted before. I felt it would be appropriate for today's cloudy, rainy day. This was taken from Lewes beach in the early morning hours of June 2017.
Textures of the Morning(June 27, 2017) - I took a morning walk on Lewes Beach this morning and it was approaching low tide and natures wonderful ripples in the sand were in there glory under the fresh morning light.
Cape Shores Pier(July 20, 2017) This photograph was taken from the Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier looking northwest. You can see the ferry terminal in the distance. This was a 25 second exposure so the bay has a smooth, almost dreamy like surface. 24 minutes before sunrise during the "Blue Hour" of the morning.
Dane in the Splash(Oct 30, 2017) - And here's another one for the surfers... Sorry all of you can't be out there enjoying the waves.
Just a Sunrise(Jan 24, 2018) - A sight I never tire of experiencing.
Hey, Look at Me(Oct 30, 2017) - This gull was hanging around as I was shooting surfers at Herring Point. It was just staring me down almost begging me to take its photograph. So, I obliged.
Whelk(Nov. 19, 2018) - I took this photograph at the point of the Cape Henlopen State Park. This area is only open for human activity from late fall until March 1st each year and it's a great place to find shells on the beach. I have framed this image numerous times and it makes me happy to realize how many people have one hanging in their homes.
The Correction(Oct 30, 2017) - For today's photograph I thought I'd post another surfer. The guys are prohibited from doing what they love due to the COVID-19 crisis so this will hopefully give them a touch of the feeling of being there. I call this "The Correction" because you can see how Jason reaches into the water with his right hand to aid in catching the wave.
Another Rehoboth Sunrise(Jan 24, 2018) - I hope this helps brighten your day.
Rehoboth Blue(Jan 24, 2018) - My alarm was set for 5:35 on this winter morning but, I got up 10 minutes before it went off. I was excited to head out for a photoshoot at Rehoboth Beach. This was taken at 6:38 am (35 minutes before sunrise) during the "Blue Hour". Off in the distance you can see the work boat all lit up as they work through the night. Note: this was a 22 second exposure and yet the boat work boat is crisp and in focus. This is due to the extremely still water of the ocean.
Break Time(Oct 30, 2017) - This is Paul. Paul is a good friend of mine and he's a contractor in the Lewes and Rehoboth area. I got a call from him on this particular day telling me that the surf was up and that he was going to take a break from work and head to the beach. I followed along with my camera and I'm glad I did. The waves were great and the weather was perfect.
I submitted this photograph to the Delaware Beach Life Magazine for their 2018 annual competition and I achieved first place in the People Category.
Goodbye Moon(July 18, 2016) - Alarm set for 3:45 am. Get up, grab your gear and head out to take a photograph of the moon setting over Canary Creek. When you get there and find a Great Blue heron waiting for you... Priceless. I took this photograph at 4:30:37 am on July 18, 2016 as the moon was setting.
As the Day Ends(June 16, 2015) - Sunset from the point of the Cape Henlopen State Park. This is a highly photographed scene and I understand why. It is such a beautiful place to watch the sunset in Sussex County. You will likely see the goose flying into the scene but look closer, there is an osprey sitting on the top of the structure beside the lighthouse. Look even closer and you will see an almost circular light on the top left corner of the lighthouse just beneath the railing. This is actually the sunlight shining through from one of the windows on the back side of the lighthouse.
Wispy Sunset(Aug 13, 2015) Taken from my boat and I'm looking over the old posts of the Lewes fishing pier.
On the RocksThis taken on Feb 25, 2016 at 7:54 am at the Indian River Inlet. I was standing on the northside rock wall of the inlet entrance looking out to sea. Although the color of the morning was a brilliant gold this called out to me to be black & white.
First Day of Spring(3/20/17 at 6:06am - Bower's Beach, DE) - Welcome Springtime, I'm so glad you are here and I look forward to spending much of the next three months enjoying what you have to offer. I thought I give you all a little sunshine with this post since today is rainy and cold.
Watching the SunriseI got up before the sun on February 21, 2016 and took off for Rehoboth Beach to capture the sunrise. This is a touch of what I photographed that morning.
Lewes Beach FenceTaken just after sunrise as I was entering Lewes Beach from the Roosevelt Inlet in June 2017.
The TowersIlluminated by the early morning sun. I took this photograph on March 9th 2017 at 6:25 am as the sun just started to rise over the horizon shedding it's golden light onto the WWII Observation Towers. These towers are a very familiar site to those who visit the beaches of Delaware.
The Gulls & the SunriseTaken at the Indian River Inlet on March 29, 2016 as the sun was peeking over the horizon.
Morning Drama(11/6/17) - As I've been going through my beach photographs I came across this one that, for some reason, I've never posted in the past. It was taken at 6:21 in the morning which was ten minutes or so before sunrise. When climbing out of bed this particular morning there was a cloud cover that almost kept me from going out but, as you can see, it paid off. I hope it brightens your day.
Entering Lewes BeachTaken June 30, 2017 - As the sun is rising and you are alone in those early morning hours... nothing quite like that feeling.
Footprints?Taken in the early morning hours of June 2016 on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park.
August MorningLewes Beach at sunrise Aug 26, 2015. Lewes Beach is such a special place in the heat of the summer with the colorful kayaks and the sailboats resting in wait to be taken out on the sea by their owners, the people walking the shoreline and playing in the water, the sunbathers, the umbrellas and, most of all, the gulls flying overhead. I look forward to getting back to those times once more.
Still WaterThis is another image from my January 2018 morning in Rehoboth Beach. The ocean was so calm that the boat is the distance is very clear even with a 6.5 second exposure. Normally a boat with this long of an exposure would be all blurry because of the movement during the time that the shutter of the camera is open. Also this was taken with a 50mm prime lens that has very good low light capability thus the clarity of the shot.
Got ItI just had to post another dog having fun on the beach for today's post. This is Mooshie catching his favorite toy on Lewes Beach in July 2016.
Resting in the HarborTaken during the early morning hours on July 1, 2018. Being on the beach as the sun rises in the sky is such a treasurable experience.
The First of JulyThis is the same boat as was pictured in my post above but it was taken 21 minutes earlier thus the big difference in the colors of the photograph. I drug myself out of bed at 5:05 am on this morning of July 1, 2018 to go for a sunrise walk on Lewes Beach. When I got to the beach I saw this sailboat anchored offshore and I knew it was going to be my subject once the sun started to rise.
Under the Setting SunTaken on Lewes Beach at 8:16 pm on June 30, 2016. I was fortunate to have this as the cover photograph of the Aug 2017 DE Beach Life Magazine.
Sunrise or SunsetTaken on May 14, 2016, this photograph can be a bit confusing if you are familiar with Lewes Beach due to the land mass in the horizon. That is actually the point of Cape Henlopen State Park and the Lighthouse is on the inner breakwall. So, if you guessed sunrise, you were correct.
The GuardianThough not a beach photograph it is from the Cape Henlopen State Park and today is Mother's Day. A mother is so many things but, above all, she is "The Guardian" to her offspring. Happy Mother's Day to all of you guardians.
The BreakI thought this may be a good image for today. I miss being out there splashing around, body surfing and being tossed head over heels. Well, maybe not the being tossed part. Taken on Oct 30, 2017 at Herring Point in the Cape Henlopen State Park.
Cat on the BeachTaken Aug 2, 2018 during my morning on the beach. I enjoy seeing all of the sailboats and catamarans on Lewes Beach in the summer..
Happy TimesJuni playing on Lewes Beach in July 2016. There's something very special about dogs playing on the beach. They seem to love it even more than we do.
Portrait of a GullThis Laughing Gull stood patiently while I took my photograph on April 11, 2016. To me, the sounds of the Laughing gull are so reminiscent of a day at the beach.
Having a BallOn Lewes Beach. For today's post I give you Memphis happily fetching a ball from the delaware bay. Taken on June 19, 2016. I felt the image of another dog having a good time was in order for today.
Diggin' ItMight this be Griffin Powell searching for that all elusive sand crab? If you know anything about a Jack Russell Terrier you know that they just don't give up. Lewes Beach May 2018. You can see more at randylroberts.com
Into the SunsetI took this photograph from my boat on the Delaware Bay in May of 2014. I was out for a ride to watch the sunset and I saw this sailboat as it was about to enter Roosevelt Inlet on its way back to port. It was a beautiful evening on the water.
Four Seconds of Herring PointWhen extending the shutter speed of your camera, movement becomes more evident and you begin to get a mystical effect in your image. This particular exposure was four seconds and, as you can see, the water becomes dreamy and there is a sense of movement. Note: A tripod is a must. November 2017.
There's Always That OneAnd it's typically me. Won't fall in line, off doing my own thing, never really taking orders... Oh well, at least I have fun. I took this photograph of these Sanderlings on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park on October 30, 2017 while I was out photographing surfers. It's one of my favorites in my collection and I'm pleased to say that it's been one of my top selling framed prints.
In the FrothTaken during our morning walk around the point at the Cape Henlopen State Park on November 19, 2018. It's a true gem of a walk that's probably about 2 1/2 miles and you will see so many wonderful sites. When taking this walk it's best to go at mid to low tide.