After school got out we bolted for Ponte Vedra Beach to spend the Memorial Day Holiday. Monday morning I missed the sunrise by about 30 minutes and instead looked for sharks teeth before the crowd and tide came in. Tuesday morning I made it just in time to catch the first glimpse of the sun cresting over a pillow of clouds at the tip of the horizon. Wherever you are, the sun rising rarely disappoints. Tuesday was no exception.
The first 3 pictures below were taking with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the last 2 were taken with my 14-24mm f/2.8.
Last week we were on Spring Break in Seacrest Beach on 30a in Florida. One of my favorite things about being in this area is photographing the buildings and spaces that make up Rosemary Beach. Symmetry, boardwalks and beautiful architecture define Rosemary Beach. Below are some pictures from a morning bike ride. All were taken with a Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. These photos are all available at http://www.carsonmatthewsphotography.com/Travel/RosemaryBeach
We went for a walk on the beach after a storm on Monday and found all sorts of creatures washed up on the shore. I don’t have any idea what kinds of seaweed these are, so chime in below in the comments if you can identify any of these seaweed species. Both of these are 5-image HDR shots taken with the lens resting on the beach sand (very carefully).
These massive dump trucks were working hard to offset the erosion that is taking place at Sea Island. They were running back and forth from Ocean Forest to Sea Island delivering sand. The kids loved watching them fly back and forth down the beach. It will be interesting to go back this summer and see how it turned out.
We took a quick trip to the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada Florida the weekend before Thanksgiving. It’s a pretty amazing place in the Florida Keys just south of Key Largo; mile marker 82 to be exact. My brother, Father and I went there in 1992 on a boys fishing trip. It was a very different place back then. It has since burned to the ground and been rebuilt as a fabulous resort. These photos were taken on campus as well as next door at the Moorings which is the resort next door to the Cheeca. Sunrise and sunsets are simply amazing each day, and easy to see regardless where you are staying. The island is probably a 10 minute walk from coast to coast. We took a sunset cruise one night and there are a couple of pictures of that below.
Each year at the beach we pick a night to get all dressed up in our whites for a family photo. This first picture is of our family minus my sister and her family who are in Germany. The second is of my parents walking away from the shoot…sweetest picture ever. The balance of the pictures are in the slide show below.
I went back to some pictures that I hadn’t developed yet to see what interesting goodies I could find. I really like this one of the morning sunrise over the beach, and the hint of homes on the right. I used Photomatix to process this.