West Beach in Winter

It’s a snow day in Boston.  I’m looking out of the window and there is a blizzard with 18inches of snow on the way.  I always wonder how to get out from the house to capture nice scenes before the places are trampled.

Yesterday, however, the temperatures rose to a balmy 20F so I got up at 5.30am and headed to a location I’ve visited before, West Beach at Beverly Farms which is up from Boston.  I knew the tide was relatively low but I thought the old pier may look interesting in icy conditions.  It was lower than I’d expected, out beyond the posts.  I checked out some of the other features of the beach.  There were frozen ripples on the sand, tracks of salt which were pretty cool, so I thought I could work those into the sunrise scene.  But I went back to the old pier first.

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Skyfire on TPE had predicted a colorful sunrise and this time it delivered.  Pinks, turned to orange and then I was having photographers remorse, thinking I could have put this colorful sunrise to better use.  But as my daughter says, “you get what you get and you don’t get upset”.

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It’s so much fun out in the cold, especially at sunrise as places are often quiet and in this case the frozen sand meant that there were no footprints and I could walk around without any evidence in the shot.  I made that mistake last week where I walked into snow in front of a good foreground element.  I felt like a criminal trying to cover my tracks.

20180103-1A5A1036-EditAnyway, I hope you like the shots and I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts.

Good luck shooting!


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