Moody Morning at the Pier

On a recent trip to the beach, I wanted a plan to find some sort of subject more than the cold deserted beach in the winter. Structures around water can provide for some fantastic images.

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I did some Google Maps searching for docks, piers, and jetties in the Bethany Beach, Deleware area. It didn't take too long to identify the Ocean City, Maryland Pier because it was made of wood pilings, it was the right height and weather conditions looked good. I wanted a morning that would be a little moody and have some waves. It also helped that it was the only pier for about 40 miles.

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Since 1907, the Ocean City Pier has been an icon for tourists. Since it was first built, the pier has been beat-up by storms and even damaged by fire. Tropical Storm Sandy took its toll on the pier in 2012 demolishing much of the decking from the seaside end towards the beach. In December 1925, a huge fire destroyed the pier and several blocks of the downtown area.

A very cold and windy morning to make the image, but I had the beach to myself. This kind of picture is created with long exposures of about 25 seconds. A regular photograph might be about 1/60 of a second. The long exposure turns all the crashing waves into a light white cotton candy look near the edge of the beach.

A good plan and I was happy with the results.

Personal Project 2019-#MtAiry125

My local town of Mount Airy, Maryland was first incorporated in 1894. To recognize this anniversary I am taking on a personal project to capture the image of the town 125 years later. I’ll be posting everyday to a Instagram account I set up at @MtAiry125.

Mount Airy Water Tower

Mount Airy Water Tower

The plan is to take images from all over the town and community. I hope to capture the charm, style and character of what makes Mount Airy such a great little town.

Summit Ridge from above

Summit Ridge from above

A project the will certainly push my photography in new ways. After a month I feel like I’m just getting warmed up and am thinking about new images to capture. Some days will be just snapshots and other will be opportunities to really try out some fun ideas. How often do I have a reason to take a picture of a 7-Eleven and try it make it look cool?

7-Eleven in Mount Airy, Maryland

7-Eleven in Mount Airy, Maryland

You can follow me on this project here: https://www.instagram.com/mtairy125/ and the hashtag #MtAiry125

Fresh Snow

A sunrise offers some wonderful color tones, but when added with fresh snowfall the two can be awesome together. The 3” of snow from the evening before was still fresh on the trees early the next morning. The forecast had strong winds starting early that day, so getting out right away was important if I would catch the trees with snow still on the branches.

A Fairytale Sunrise

A Fairytale Sunrise

Sometimes images can be some happy accidents. The first shots at this scene were way underexposed, and I discarded them upon initial review. Several images caught my attention, and it was not until I deleted some the bad shots had taken, I realized that I had something with an underexposed shot.

A view from above

A view from above

The aerial view of some of the surrounding streams and trees offered great abstract views for the morning.

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This is another one of those scenes I drive past every day to work, and it is only a couple of miles from my house. I wanted to get this shot as I knew it was one of the few spots that had the sunrise coming in at an angle covering the stream. I got there a little too early as the sun was still lower on the horizon. It gave me a little time to explore a few other shots walking along the stream.

The morning was worth the wait and cold.

Snow Scenes

Barn in the Snow

Barn in the Snow

The snowstorm over the weekend moved from a forecasted 3” to 8” and made for some great images. There are always a few spots I have eyed up for potential pictures. Some just happen under the right conditions and are a pleasant surprise.

Snow Trees

Snow Trees

The house above is one scene I pass every day, and I can plan out any number of conditions that would make it successful. The abandoned house has been this way for about ten years. They have recently been raising the barns, silos and other farm buildings surrounding the house. Not sure how much time the place has, so I make it a point to stop under each of the different weather conditions.

Blue Monday

There is nothing like seeing a pre-visualizing a picture and the reward accomplishing that image when it’s complete. That rarely happens to me. Most of the time I have an idea, pursue the image and I end up having something that is pleasantly different.

Blue Monday

Blue Monday

Blue Monday resulted from a morning drive with an image and no location to shoot it. The fog set in and knew I wanted a woodsy fog shot with a blue feel to the morning. I really lacked any location I knew would work and after heading towards a road the sort of met my needs, I stopped the car a looked into the woods for a scene. With no real good composition insight I turned my camera down the road I just came on to see my exposure. This image of Blue Monday appeared for me.