Sea Blue Lens

Scene & Story: September 2017


I hope you don’t mind coming back to the beach with me for this month’s Scene & Story. I had thought of several different photo/story possibilities for September. It’s nice to have an abundance of material to choose from, though that can bring problems of its own! In the end, this image turned out to be one of my favorites, and it happened quite by accident.

DSC_1926Summer’s End

A couple of weeks ago, I went over to Ocean Park to see the surf, as we’d had high surf warnings for several days as Tropical Storm (formerly Hurricane) Jose made its way northward up the Atlantic. You may recall that people photography is not my “thing.” But while I was watching the waves, this couple walked down to the edge of the water and stood there with their arms around each other. I thought, “That’s sweet,” and thought it might make a picture. I got off a couple of quick shots and was disappointed that they broke apart just as I snapped the shutter the third time.

Much to my surprise, the third time really was the charm. I love this photo — the wind blowing her skirt and hair, the action, the perfect postures and clarity of their two shapes. The slight angling of their heads and bodies towards each other feels more intimate to me than when they were actually touching.

I don’t know them and they didn’t even notice me, but I’m grateful to them for representing the joy and beauty and wonder of summer for me and my camera. It was pure serendipity, and I love it when that happens.

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Click here for the Scene & Story link-up at Paisley Rain Boots.

Scene & Story is a monthly collaborative creation that Sarah Huizenga of Paisley Rain Boots and I dreamt up to encourage one another in our photography and writing. We’d love to have you join us! Share a favorite photo from the previous month along with a short story or description and link up your blog or Flickr photo. 

16 thoughts on “Scene & Story: September 2017

  1. What a simply beautiful scene of the beach and those two silhouettes. I also noticed how they leaned a little towards each other and also love the flowing dress and hair of the girl. Your photo allows us to imagine all sorts of lovely stories about this couple, I would make a great cover for a book! I love how you’ve captured the sheen on the water and the texture of the sand, Lee!

  2. Yes this is the perfect tender moment. Those last shots are always the ones. Great light too.

  3. I like the use of the rule of thirds and the perfect exposure. I agree with the things you mentioned, and I found myself wondering if they stopped at the water’s edge or ventured in a bit. I think it’s touching too, and a very nicely composed photo!

  4. I can totally understand what you mean. When I experience moments like this I am blissfully happy. This turned out to be such a beautiful, atmospheric shot.

  5. I could never ever tire of anything “beach,” Lee, especially one that is so empty.
    What a beautiful photograph, and how fortunate you were to be able to capture this.
    So many stories could be told with this one, and that is what I love most about it.
    Have a wonderful week, sweet friend.

  6. What a beautiful photo. I imagine that couple would love to have a copy of this! You caught them at exactly the right moment. The colors are absolutely gorgeous!

  7. What a lovely shot!

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  9. LOVE how you have captured this moment of sweetness on the beautiful beach.

  10. Lovely! And i agree with you about having separate silhouettes- magic!

  11. It is a lovely captured moment on the beach. The couple is beautifully backlit by the reflections from the sea.

  12. What a special moment your were allowed to capture! The light, ocean, and the couple make a beautiful photo story! Thanks so much for sharing, Leon, I love it!

  13. Just gorgeous

  14. It’s a lovely capture, León, and tells its own story. Great choice!

  15. Such beautiful light, and I love how the image of the couple tells a story.

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