Some days, the beach walk is about exercising creativity, what Julia Cameron calls an “artist’s date” where you take yourself out somewhere and play. So today I went back to photos I had taken earlier in the week and played around with them in Lightroom, trying to capture different moods.
The expanse of South Beach feels endless, the southern end not quite visible due to the low fog, so I wanted to emphasize that and the emptiness of the beach contrasted with the neverending surf.
An enclave of huge beach houses that would otherwise annoy me for privatizing the beach and view for themselves became a study in monochrome that also expressed how boring the houses themselves were, each a cookie-cutter McMansion.
Much more interesting construction was this group of timbers someone had set upright in the sand. With the long shadows from the late afternoon sun, I had a lot of fun with this South Beach version of Stonehenge.
And then there were the little things, like this bubble of water on the sand. Just something magical about it to me, so I worked hard to capture it as clearly as possible.
So there you have it, my favorite four images from this artist’s date.
For the record, I took over 100 images in this hour-long walk, culling it down to 27 in the first round, and 18 in the second round. Some of those will survive the final cut, but probably not more than 10.