Summer’s End


This Friday marks the last day of summer.  As a kid I always had a hard time giving up on summer; the beach, the freedom, and especially having to go back to school.   And even now that I’m retired, live near the beach, and have no obligations towards work or school, I still have a hard time letting go of summer.  These two images evoke, in me at least, that “Endless Summer” feeling of the setting sun, and that last wave of the day… and the season.   

These were both long exposure shots.  The “Last Wave” image was taken with a 24-70 mm lens and a 1.6 second exposure.  The “Tide Pool Sunset” image was shot with a 17-35mm lens at a 30-second exposure at f20.  The long exposures produce that smoky effect on the water, and I especially liked the smoky effect it left in the sand and between the pebbles as the wave receded in the “Last Wave” image.

So for all you who still have a hard time seeing summer go, you’re not alone and I hope these images will make you think of your last days of summers past.  Fall is on the way and soon we’ll see a new set of nature’s colors to awe and amaze us.  Hopefully I can capture some of those colors and share them with you all right here.

Equipment: Nikon D3s, Lenses: Nikkor 24-70mm, and 17-35mm.  Filter: Lee Graduated Neutral Density series (.3, .6, .9).

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