The Lone Gull

Welcome to the weekend, my friends. Here in the US we are approaching the Labor Day holiday, the unofficial but symbolic end of the summer season. The kids have all returned to school and the family summer vacations are but a memory now. Many will take this long weekend to flock to the nearest beach, while others will enjoy the great outdoors in some other recreational way, perhaps camping or a cookout. Soon, Autumn will arrive with all of it's beauty but for now, we want to hold on to summer for awhile longer.

Speaking of summer, today's image was taken in 2011 while on a trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia. We spent a week just hanging out in and around this wonderful area, visiting friends and basically sifting the sand and watching the clouds go by. While kicking back on the beach, I noticed a lone gull just prancing about on a nearby jetty. I figured that by the time I got my camera ready and moved a little closer, the show would be over, but he just kept pacing about.

Lone Gull
Lone Gull

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Needless to say, the little guy (or gal) maintained it's perch on the rocks and I was able to zoom in and grab the shot. It's a simplistic image but one that brings about lots of fond memories.

In the processing department I began with a 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2) which was processed using HDR Efex Pro.  Next, an S-curve, a slight bit of vibrance and a little sharpening was added in Photoshop before calling it done.

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM