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Tag Archives: sea
It couldn’t help but catch my eye as we drove over the Rogue River and into Gold Beach, Oregon. A ragged old ship – covered in green moss – anchored firmly in the sand. It was a photograph ready to happen.
The Mary D. Hume was built in 1881 by R.D. Hume for his Gold Beach cannery, christening it in honor of his wife, Mary. It served many owners through nearly a full century of seagoing before being retired in 1978.
Today, it rests silently in the Rogue River, anchored firmly in the beach and appearing in totality at low tide.
As a photographic object, there are few rivals. It’s brilliant color and near perfect angle for early morning sunlight make it a perfect model.
This image was made with a Nikon D-300, fitted with my favorite Nikkor 10-24 mm lens. And thanks for the clouds for making the perfect backdrop. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly Photo
Mary D. Hume was build in 1881 by R.D. Hume for his Cannery in Gold Beach. He named the ship after his wife. Over the years, different owners reconstructed it and it has been used for many purposes around Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast. Back in the 1970s it even had the title as the oldest serving commercial vessel.
When good old Mary D. Hume retired in 1978, they tried to make her into a museum ship with no luck.
The Oregon Coast has a special character. It’s rugged, wind swept, lonely. A series of lighthouses still stand today, icons of the coast standing sentinel silently as modern electronics guides ships through the harrowing coast.
As a photographer, storms are your friend. As we drove into the Coquille River Lighthouse my excitement grew as the bright, squat lighthouse stood starkly against the billowing clouds. In the foreground, the wind swept the foliage growing directly out of the coastal sand dune.
The image was one of several hundred I made in a short time, scampering around the dune searching for the best vantage point. It was photographed with a Nikon D300 with 10-24mm lens (at 24mm), f16 at 1/320th on ISO200.
The Coquille River Lighthouse stands silently along a weed covered sand dune jetty outside Bandon, Oregon on the Pacific Ocean coastline. Built in 1896, the 47 foot tower guided boats safely across the shallow beach at the mouth of the Coquille River up to 1939. It is the newest of the eight remaining lighthouses on the Oregon Coast and is on the National Register of Historic Places. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly
A trip to San Francisco is never complete without visiting the sea lions at Pier 39. So as I cruised route 1 south of Half Moon Bay searching for a good sunset cove, imagine my surprise when I spotted a dozen sea lions resting on a rock.
It was a challenging light situation. The easiest spot to photograph them from shore was directly backlit â€“ you could hardly see the seals. So as stealth as I could, I tried to sneak around a small peninsula to get a slightly better light angle.
Well, it didnâ€™t work all that well. While mommy and daddy just shrugged off my presence and remained on their rock, the smaller seals (such as the ones in the photograph) made tracks for the water, sliding off the rock and into the Pacific.
While I had only seconds before the rock was evacuated, it was time enough to craft a few images with some help from Mother Natureâ€™s waves, crashing over the rock as the sea lions headed into the water.
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We love the California coast between Half Moon Bay and San Francisco. It’s a treasure of a drive at any time of the day. Heading into the city one evening we picked a solitary cove for a sunset walk and shoot. The sun angles didn’t present any really obvious shots. At one point I even waded out through a rock channel into a smaller cove, where all of a sudden I found myself trapped with incoming tide pounding against the rocks and coating the Nikon D30o with saltwater. Eventually I setup on the beach, content to just shoot the sun streaming through the waves.
This was one of those shots that seemed pretty useless in the field. But Carole brought it to my attention during the Adobe Bridge edit that night. It was a fantastic array of color streaming through the translucent waves. It became one of her favorite photographs.
The translucent surf breaks hard against the rocks on a lonely cove along the Pacific Ocean coast south of San Francisco, California. (c) 2009 Tom Kelly
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Golden Gate Sunrise
The sun rises over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
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We’ve visited Boston many times but on a recent trip there were looking for a short sidetrip on the coast. We found the most perfect setting in Rockport, at the top of Cape Ann just an hour from the city. Rockport is a small fishing town set on a bay formed by Bearskin Neck which juts out into the harbor. The centerpiece of Rockport is Motif #1, a wonderful old fishing shack set on a dock in the quiet harbor. With its brightly colored fishing buoys adorning its walls, Motif #1 is one of the most recognizable New England coastal scenes.
Seaside in Rockport
A lonely fisherman rows into the bay past Rockport’s Motif #1 on a calm Atlantic Ocean morning. (c) 2009 Tom Kelly
We’ve grown to love the Adriatic coastline down the Balkans, from Slovenia through Croatia. In particular, Croatia has emerged from recent wars to rebuild into a beautiful country mixing ancient with new. Sunsets in Croatia are like no other place we’ve seen. With hundreds of miles of barrier islands just off the coastline, the sun is always setting with a perspective on both the land and sea. This scene is from the tiny fishing village of Cavtat, just south of Dubrovnik. The sun is setting on an island, while a fisherman trolls the depths at the edge of the sheltered harbor.