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New Beach & Nautical Pictures

York, Maine harbor on a foggy day.

I recently took a trip to Maine. The weather on this trip wasn’t really cooperative for the lighting that you usually hope to have to take good shots. So then you have to make do with what you have. I took this shot of York harbor as three separate shots, combined them into an HDR image, layered it as a color image on top of a black and white to bring out the details, then added the vignette effect. I was surprised to find that I had a lot of views (for me, anyway), the day after I posted it. Someone must have liked it. I hope you do, too.

Here are some of the others I posted from that trip. If you like these, visit my website at lifestillsbybarrywills.com where you will find more beach and nautical pictures, including a picture of the Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse from my previous visit when the weather was much more cooperative.

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Good Mistakes

Sometimes a mistake can be just what is needed to make something extraordinary. I took a picture of a seashell collection and was planning to use the flash off-camera. I forgot to turn on the slave switch, so I ended up getting the shot just with the available room light. I had just enough movement as I tried to hold the camera still to produce a kind of dreamy image–just what you might imagine as you think about the beach.

It reminds me of another of my shots that I like which is in the same vein. This one I gave a little of that dreamy effect by reducing the clarity setting in Adobe Lightroom. Both of these may be found in the Beach & Nautical section of my Life Stills by Barry Wills website. I can picture these on the walls of someone’s vacation beach home–maybe yours…

Dinghies at the dock.