Happy first day of summer! Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
Summers here on Pender Island are wonderful. Days are sunny and warm, rarely becoming unpleasantly hot thanks to ocean breezes. Nights are cool, humidity is low, and mosquitoes and other annoying bugs are few.
However, summer is not my best-loved photography season. Early morning is my favourite time to be out with my camera, but I’m not hard-core enough to set my alarm for 4:00 AM to catch a summer sunrise, and the sun is already high in the sky and the best light gone by 7:00 AM. So bring on the later sunrises and earlier sunsets — I’m not at all sad that the days will be getting shorter from here on out.
This shot was taken a couple of days ago on a south Pender Island beach, around 9:45 PM or about half an hour after sunset.
This past weekend was a mixed bag weather-wise, especially Saturday which brought showers and a mini-windstorm. The wind kicked up a few waves along this rugged stretch of shoreline, and I had fun trying to capture the movement of the water, while waging a constant battle against the raindrops being blown onto my lens.
It was a challenge for me to find a pleasing composition in this location. The tide was low, exposing a messy jumble of rocks and boulders, so after a bit of a struggle I abandoned my preferred aesthetic of “clean and minimal” and embraced the chaos. Perhaps a little disorder better conveys the mood of a stormy west coast day, after all.
I was lucky to catch a few moments of yesterday’s rising sun before it disappeared behind the clouds. The wind was chilly but the waves were perfect — lively enough to make things interesting, but not so wild that they sprayed my camera (or me).
I finally bought myself a cheap wired shutter release (the Vello RS-C1II for those who are curious) and this beach outing was the perfect opportunity to try it out. It worked without a hitch and made it so much easier to capture a wave or water-trail shot than using my camera’s self-timer.
Today was a beautiful sunny day. I tried to capture the way the light was shining through the waves and onto the stones beneath the surface.
Prior to yesterday’s big wind storm, I had two previous unsuccessful attempts at storm-chasing: the first time, the sky opened up in a deluge just as I arrived the beach; the second, all the clouds blew away leaving a glaring sun and boring blue sky. Third time’s a charm, and the conditions were perfect. Except I should have worn rubber boots, as it was distracting to keep having to leap out of the way of incoming surf and my feet ended up getting wet anyway. Also, the single cloth I’d brought to wipe the spray and rain off my gear was pretty well soaked and useless after five minutes. I needed lots more.
I ended up with many ruined shots due to tripod vibration (my little tripod was no match for 80km/hour winds!) and water spots that were impossible to get rid of. However, not all was lost. Here are a couple of my keepers.
Pender Island, British Columbia
Weekly Photo Challenge: Oops!
We had not one but two big windstorms over the past week. I took this picture on the relatively calm day in between (hope Dave Matthews doesn’t mind me
stealing borrowing his song title for this post).
Pender Island, British Columbia
A couple more shots from the big storm we had a while back.