Beach Life

There is something to be said about beach life and now that summer has officially arrived, people are flocking to beaches everywhere by the millions. It's an annual happening for many, including yours truly.  From the sounds of the ocean, to the music festivals and art shows, to the colorful scenes of friends and families having fun in the sun, there is much to love and enjoy at the beach.

I've been pretty much off the grid for the past week or so while visiting friends and beach bumming along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach. While doing so I have taken hundreds of photographs and will share just a few in this post.  

One of my first stops when I arrived in town was at the famed fishing pier in Virginia Beach. Being an avid fisherman, it was important to find out what if anything was being caught at the time. Often there are schools of Norfolk Spot to be had, but not on this occasion. That being the case, I'll be staying with the camera and forgo the fishing rod. :-)

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The shot above was taken just before sunrise as the sky transitioned from blue hour. It was a really pleasant morning with a nice sea breeze and the smell of the salty air. This is the very best time to be on the beach in my opinion. Except for fishermen and beach workers, most others are still in bed. There is that peaceful, quiet time to be with nature that many of us love.

Before capturing the image above I shot this blue hour photograph of a portion of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

virginia beach oceanfront

Above you can see the tracks from the tractor that drags the beach and gives it that pristine look before the throngs of people return. This town has some 28 miles of sand and surf, which seems to indicate that there is plenty of room for enjoying the waterfront. However, on most days the scene above soon changes to the scene below.

Fun at the beach                                                                                                                                                               

Fun at the beach                                                                                                                                                               

Many of the hardy beachgoers set up camp in the morning and spend the entire day by the sea. Several of the days on my visit temperatures reached the century mark by mid-afternoon. That's when I seek shelter in an air conditioned environment. :-)

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As a photographer, one of the many things I like about the beach life is the colorful and numerous umbrellas. I often shoot wide shots so I can later extract or crop down to certain scenes. The photo above and the one below are examples of that.

A Sea of Umbrellas

The tightly cropped shot above tells the story of the entire beach with folks just chilling out and enjoying a day of fun and relaxation. When you get tired of sitting and swimming, there are other activities like beach volleyball, as seen below.

beach volleyball

These were really hardy souls playing beach volleyball on an afternoon when the temperature had reached 98-degrees (F) and the humidity was off-the-charts. I shot this while walking back from a boardwalk art show as I was heading to my hotel room.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed some of the photos above. I'll post up more soon.

Stay creative!