Beach Curtain

These are waves swishing across the beach in front of Beacon Hill Park, taken from above on a staircase that leads down to the beach. The longer exposure has caught the waves coming in and draining back across the beach, leaving layers of white foam patterns discernible and intermingled. To me it is like diaphanous curtain in a window.

I took a few photos from this location – this is the best I think, but I might use another one or two in future. I also prefer it much more converted to monochrome – the yellow colour of the log is quite distracting in the colour version and I am not even going to post that one, since for me there is no doubt.

It’s kind of nice to have just one shot of nature to look at, after yesterday’s plastic extravaganza. Once I had visited the Barbie tree on Sunday, I walked south to the beach and it was a very pleasant reset from the weird horrors of May Street.  The location is in the middle of this map.

BTW, looks as if I will pass 20,000 views this morning (unless it happened last night after I scheduled this). Thanks everyone for viewing and commenting and otherwise supporting me. It means a lot to have you out there.


Canon EOS 5Dmkii, Canon 50/1.4 lense, ISO100; f16, 4 seconds. Cameron ND Fader filter, at about 4-5 f-stops of density.




16 thoughts on “Beach Curtain

  1. Pingback: Log Ashore « burnt embers

  2. This is a fabulous piece, my friend! There is something dreamy and even slightly metaphysical in this shot, and I agree; the monochrome version you have posted contains all the juicy drama that could be garnered from this scene. Great shot!!


    • Hey Toad – thank you so much. I agree about the dreamy aspects of this shot, which might come from the curtain-like effect – with poorly resolved glimpses of something beyond the curtain.


  3. Congratulations on 20,000 views. Here’s to the next 20,000! Great photo and I trust you’re right about the B&W conversion. It’s perfect.


  4. Diaphanous is the perfect word for this. I think I’d crop out the log so there is less reference to scale. It would make the image more mysterious. This image really captures a wonderful moment and rhythm, an interesting connection between etherial and real.


  5. This one didn’t grab me at first but the more I looked at it the more subtleties I could find and enjoy. There is beautiful detail in the bubbles of foam on the right, above the log. The asymmetry of the composition is really lovely. Is this striking out in a new direction for you?


    • HI Katherine – I am glad you came to like this photo. I don’t think it is a new direction, I just take my chances where I see them. But, you never know – though I would have to travel further from home ot find good places where I can look down on the ocean. Its more of a continuation of my long ocean exposures direction.


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