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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Assateague beach sandstorm

Last weekend I visited Chincoteague Island to scout for my workshop coming up this weekend. Not only did I find a lot of changes due to hurricane Irene but I also encountered some unique conditions. Check out the following video to see what I mean.

I was out on the beach at sunrise showing a friend around. As we walked the beach the wind picked up (30-40mph) and it started to rain a little. While there was the obvious concern of using my camera in these conditions I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I found a conch to anchor my image and chose not to include the drab sky. The image was converted to black and white to add to the abstract feel. I made a few compositions but liked this one the best.

As two people passed me I made another photo including them as elements in the photograph.

In case you were wondering the camera and lens were unharmed in the making of these photographs.

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  1. Nikhil,
    Striking images! I saw the video on YouTube—quite an experience. HD video really comes in handy. The shell image with the people is over the top. Is the person in the pink your paid model—just joking?

  2. Thanks Josh! The video was actually taken with my iPhone. Sometimes there is no way we can capture the whole experience in a still photograph. Video does come in handy. No models were used, just people passing by :)

  3. I experienced the same here in NJ. I really liked the 1st Image. The lowing sand is dangerous for the camera but gives a unique beach perspective.