Last night the winter solstice was marked in Gonzales Bay with candles set on the beach and into the water. People from the adjacent neighbourhoods just arrive with the materials and get to work lining the beach, pretty much from one end to the other, and in many places along the tide edge as well as higher on the beach. Naturally I went down with camera and tripod to see what could be captured, and was not disappointed. In fact, I was very surprised what my camera could pull out of what to my eyes was a dark scene.
I think the top shot is my favourite view of the evening but I have had time to process just these three images, so I expect others will appear and could displace favoured spot.
The small beach house above was featured in one of the photos in my recent blog Down to Gonzales Beach. On that visit the small string of red lights was not yet lit on the porch, or I probably would not have used black and white for that photo.
The erratic below has a satisfying glow that seemingly comes from the candles, though perhaps it’s from more distant street lights that cast light on the beach in some places.
Taking these pictures involved quite a lot of waiting for people to be still or to leave. Especially those carrying a lit flashlight which I was not much interested in photographing last night. The image below has Port Angeles glowing in the distant background, and my partner in the foreground has a moon shadow, which adds a nice touch to the solstice experience.
Canon 5D MkII, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens, ISO1000, f2.8, 3 brackets, top: 8 seconds +/- 2.0 E.V.; middle: 2.5, 10 and 30 seconds, bottom: 3.2, 13 and 30 seconds.