Under the Setting SunTaken on Lewes Beach as the sun was setting on a warm night in June 2016. This was the cover photograph of the Delaware Beach Life Magazine for the August 2017 issue. I was quite proud to see it in print.
Resting in the HarborTaken during an early morning walk on Lewes Beach. I have to drag myself out of bed in those early hours but once I'm out and the sun begins to rise I feel tired no more.
Textures of the MorningI took this on one of my early morning walks on Lewes Beach. It was approaching low tide and the textures/ripples from the moving water were on full display.
Gloomy SerenityLewes Beach on a gloomy day. But, something about being close to the water can still brighten your day. At least it does for me. Get out and enjoy the day no matter what it has to offer.
Morning RushI enjoy capturing movement in my photography and the best way for me to do this is to shoot moving water at a slow shutter speed. In this image I capture the rush of the water as it was heading back into the ocean after an incoming wave. The trick is to be able to do this without getting wet feet. Though this is considered a long exposure, it was really only 1.5 seconds yet I still caught the movement.
The First of JulyI drug myself out of bed at 5:05am on July 1st, 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.
Inlet in the SnowI woke this morning to snow and, as much as I dislike cold weather, I still get excited when I see this natural white covering. So, I grabbed my camera and headed out for a three hour shoot. One of the great things about snow is that you can shoot all day long and you are not limited to capture that perfect light. This photograph was taken from the public parking lot at Roosevelt Inlet in February of 2016. It was taken from the Inlet parking lot looking northwest to the entrance of the Broadkill River. I'm sad to say that the old dock pilings in the foreground are now gone.
Patriotic Paint JobThis old barn is located along Route 1 north of Lewes. I had been looking forward to a snowy morning so that I could take a photograph with this effect. In February of 2016 I got what I was looking for. This barn has since been renovated with the side section removed. They did repaint it in these patriotic colors and, someday it will be old looking again.
WinterWhen the snow comes I grab my camera and go. This scene was taken in the Cape Henlopen State Park in February 2016.
Gull in the SnowThis photograph was taken along the canal in Lewes, Delaware.
Winter WorkboatIn the harbor of Lewes. February 2016
As the Day EndsSunset 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 can see more of my work at RandyRobertsPhotography.com
Full Moon ObservationI climbed out of bed at 3:30 on this particular morning to head out for a photo shoot. I had several things in mind but, as it normally goes, other and better things became available. I happened upon this scene as I was walking back from the Great Dune of the Cape Henlopen State Park. This photograph is the setting of the full moon behind one of the WWII Observation Towers of the Delaware coast.
The Fishing PierAt 5:24 am. I took this photograph in the early morning hours at the Cape Henlopen State Park. There were a number of diehard fisherman out at the end of the pier. This was a 30 second exposure at f/14.
The DelriverMy goal, as it was last month during the setting of the full moon, was to capture the moon, unobscured, behind the Delriver. Well, the clouds got in the way yet again. I did take this photograph at 5:53 am just before the moon disappeared.
Living along the coast gives me the opportunity to photograph our local surfers. We don't always have the best waves but when the surf is up I grab my camera and head out to Herring Point in the Cape Henlopen State Park. Here are a few of the photographs I've taken on these expeditions.
Break TimeThis 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 this one 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 then submitted this photograph for the Delaware Beach Life 2018 Competition and it won First Place in the People Category.
Dorchester County, MD
The Grill of Many ColorsI saw this old truck sitting out in the back area of this farm in Dorchester County and I just had to pull in for a few photographs. I just love shooting this odd old stuff. This was a featured piece in the Rehoboth Writers Guild, Art in the AM for October 2018 and it was printed in the book "Scenes - A Collaboration of Coastal Writers & Artists" with the short stories by six authors who were inspired by the image.
The Old FordA black & white version of "The Grill of Many Colors"
Keeping it TogetherAt least it's trying to. As I was driving around the backroads of Dorchester County I came along this old abandoned property so I pulled into the driveway and I found this gem in the backyard. It looks like the shingles are doing their best at "Keeping it Together".
Pots & BasketsNow we just need some crabs... Taken at a boat ramp in Church Creek, MD.
Pots -O-StuffCrab baskets trash cans. On the docks in Dorchester.
Back in the DayI spend two days trying to capture the heart of Dorchester County, MD. I had a brilliant time traveling around with inspiration abounding. There was something to catch my eye at each and every turn. I met a number of interesting people, ate in the local restaurants and stores, and, most of all, took many, many photographs that kept me busy for quite some time. I hope I did justice to the people and places of Dorchester County.
KEYS RDHooper's Island at sunrise.
Arundel-icious - Have you ever tried it...?In a side yard of Hooper's Island.
Morning in the CoveThis is looking out over the Hongo River at sunrise.
The Chesapeake Deadrise WorkboatUsed for crabbing, oystering, catching fish or eels. This classic boat design is found throughout the Chesapeake bay areas. I photographed these two at a marina in Hoopersville.
A Crab's Point of ViewThis is the entrance to a crab pot. I guess it's how a crab sees it as it's out foraging for food. They first make their way in through this opening. Then, as they try and work their way to the food, they travel to the upper section of the pot. Once there.... There's no way out.
Pulleys AboundHere a pulley, there a pulley, everywhere a pulley. These are located on most of the dock areas of Dorchester County and they are used to lift the crab pots and other gear either on to or off of the workboats. Many of the boats themselves have their own pulleys attached for a similar use. This one was located along a dock area of Hoopersville.
Birds of Delmarva
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. while I was out photographing surfers.
Osprey in the MorningThe Osprey spend much of the summer in and around the Delmarva Peninsula. I look forward to their return each spring and I enjoy seeing the majestic birds as I spend time hiking, kayaking and just out enjoying the great outdoors.
The Yellow Legs of Prime HookThese birds are called Greater Yellow Legs. I wonder how they came up with that name.
Egret IslandI took this photograph at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This Snowy Egret was enjoyings its private island oasis.
Background NoiseSometimes it’s the background that truly makes the photograph. That’s how I felt about this. I just love all the blacks & whites of the ripples and how they almost overpower the image.
Glossy Ibis SilhouetteI took this photograph in Aug of 2015 at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
GotchaI was out early one morning and I came across a large flock of Snowy Egrets so I pulled my jeep off the road, setup my camera and started capturing them as they were feeding. I noticed several of them jumping whenever they got close to this one particular spot but it wasn't until I got home and downloaded my images that I realized the cause of their actions... a blue crab protecting its turf.
Noise MakersBut what a joyful noise it is... at least to me it is. These are Snow Geese and these birds spend several months each winter in the Lewes, DE area. They come in large numbers and they spend their time eating the remnants of the corn in the local farm fields. Sometime there are so many in one spot that, from a distance, it looks like snow on the field.
Late December 2015Yet still so much color. It has been the warmest December that I've ever experienced causing the green grasses to look like spring. This was taken this morning along Prime Hook Road in Sussex County Delaware.
Seafood BreakfastThis is the Great Blue Heron. We are fortunate to have them on the Delmarva Peninsula year round. I took this photograph at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in the early morning hours of March 2014.
Heron in the BrushGreat Blue Heron of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Blue MorningAt Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. I sat along Prime Hook Road early one morning and my target of choice was this Great Blue Heron who was busy getting his morning breakfast. I took numerous photographs and this was one of my favorites.
The Fluffy Bottom...of a Great Blue at Prime Hook. A rather precarious position indeed. This is actually the same heron as "Blue Morning".
Artwork in the Park
Blockhouse Pond Park, Lewes, DE
On the Broadkill
For my therapy today I went to Milton and spent a few hours kayaking the Broadkill River. When my fishing line got snagged onto a stump and I went back into the back water area to retrieve it, this was the sight I saw. This tree had created it's own little island "On the Broadkill".
Taken as I was kayaking in my favorite pond in Delaware. This is a bald cypress tree that is surrounded by duckweed.
Morning on Wagamons Pond
I took this photograph while kayaking on Wagamons Pond in Milton, DE
Getting in Close
Taken at the same time as when I was tucked back in retrieving my fishing line from its hold on a sunken stump. The plant is an Arrow Arum.
All Decked Out
For the Annual Joe Morris Flounder Tournament. This guy looks like he's ready for a good day on the water.
Duckweed and the Clear Blue Sky
Yet another photograph from my day kayaking with the pond covered in duckweed. This is not a healthy sign for the pond but it is so beautiful to experience.
The Milton Mermaid
I took this photograph while kayaking on Wagamons Pond in Milton, DE
A Time of Reflection
Blockhouse pond in a peaceful state. Taken during my morning walk with with my dog Juni.
November SunsetI went out to the point this evening to shoot the sunset with a new camera. It's a Sony Cyber-Shot RX1000 VII. It is small and very compact and I'm hoping it gives me the quality I'm looking for while being very easy to carry around. I'm pleased thus far.
Hard at Work - Street Photography at the BeachWhile I was out at the point last evening I saw this photographer working hard for this couple's special moment. She was up and down, back and forth, using an off camera flash as the sun was setting in the sky. I've done that and it's a workout. I just had to capture the moment in my own way. Are you the photographer or are you one of the couple or do you know any of them? If so, I'll gladly give you a high resolution copy of this image.
Blue Skies, Clouds & the OverfallsHolly and I walked down to the dock area of Lewes today to enjoy the sunshine after the rains. The clouds were just beautiful and they kept changing due to the wind. It has been some of the best fall weather that I can remember. Get out there and take advantage of it while we can.
Lewes Harbor MarinaIt's Black Friday and it's an overcast, cloudy morning. No winds yet but it's to be blowing pretty hard this afternoon.
Good Morning SunshineTaken during my brisk morning walk with my dog Juni today. With just a touch of clouds and the blues still present in the sky. This is looking SSE from the Canal Bridge on Savannah Road in Lewes.
Run DownA fresh coat of paint, a little roof repair and, who knows... This property sits along route 1 in Sussex County, DE and I've been wanting to photograph it along with the fruit stand that sits beside it for quite some time. Whenever I go by it just doesn't seem like the right light but, as you can see, I don't have much time to capture it the way that I want before it's gone. There are a good number of these old abandoned homes in southern Delaware and I'm sure that each one could tell some great stories.
Parking Around BackThis is a closeup of the signage on the front porch.
Fresh Fruits & VegetablesThis is the entire scene. Now I want to capture it in a snowstorm.
Lewes Harbor MarinaTaken during my morning walk with Juni. It was a balmy 58 degrees for our walk and it is December 17th. I can not remember such a warm late fall and I just wonder what winter will bring.
Keep OutA strange scene that caught my eye at Port Mahon, DE.
Do as the Sign SaysA bit of positivity to brighten a cloudy day. Port Mahon, DE.
Lady of Peace
Taken on a side street in Ocean City, MD. iPhone Photography.
A sure sign of spring. Taken in my backyard. iPhone Photography.
Still Red, White & BlueEven though it's in black & white. Port Mahon, DE.
Beyond SunMany times you leave the beach as soon as the sun goes down but it really pays to stick around for a bit and you may be pleasantly surprised with what occurs "Beyond Sunset". This is another photograph from my shoot this evening at the Point in the Cape Henlopen State Park.
My SubjectJuni ends up getting numerous portraits taken when I'm trying out a new camera. This was taken from a distance with the camera all but sitting on the ground and I was using the full zoom potential of 200mm. It will never equal what I can do with my Nikon but I'm pleased with what it is capable of capturing with its small, compact size. Note: I am using the camera in all manual settings with the exception of the auto focus. I'm having fun figuring out how to get the most out of this camera.
The Gull & the LightshipTaken during our afternoon walk along the docks. The dramatic clouds where the remnants of this mornings rains. They've since moved out of the area and we'll have clear skies this evening.
Thelma Dale & the Angry SkyThe rains were over but the clouds persisted for another hour or so before the clear skies prevailed.
Morning Light & ReflectionsWe are back to taking our walks through the canal front park where the Overfalls takes center stage. The morning the tide was full and the golden light was adding its warm glow.
Taking It All InThis is from a recent sunset photoshoot at the Cape Henlopen State Park. While shooting I saw this man walking further and further out the sandbar. With each few steps he would stop for a bit and look at the scene. He finally got to the point where the composition was just right. Thus here he is "Taking It All In".
Overfalls in Black & WhiteAnother photograph from our afternoon walk along the docks of Lewes.
The Marina in B&WThis is another take on my photoshoot of the Lewes Harbor Marina.
Garden of Good and Evil
I took this photograph in the Park that surrounds the Zwaanendael Museum during a recent early morning walk.
And it's available... are you? Berlin, MD. iPhone Photography.
Taken during the annual tulip festival in Lewes, DE. During this time of year the town is bubling over with tulips most everywhere you cast your eyes. iPhone Photography.
Purple Pitcher Plant
Taken from my kayak on Waples Pond. I had to reach out to friends to help in the identification of this plant.