Beach Tranquility

Periodically I go back through some of my old photo shoots to see if anything grabs my attention that I haven’t already worked with. The attached art print was actually from a photo shoot I did in 2009. We were living in San Diego as new empty nesters because our youngest had gone off to college the prior fall to the University of Washington. My wife and I decided to do a coastal drive up to Seattle to spend some time with her before the 2009 school year started. Along the way I was doing photo shoots of lighthouses and other coastal scenes. I had a number of captures that ended up in my gallery (many of them still there) and as I was looking through those shots, this one popped out at me. I remember the setting and the look and feel of this area. A marine layer (low coastal clouds) had come in as the sun was going down. The beach was empty with the exception of what looked to me like a father and son walking and talking. I capture a few shots of them playing with the way I framed them. I migrated to this one with them in the bottom right of the shot as it highlighted the desolation and peacefulness of the beach setting. For me using a digital watercolor technique seemed to be a perfect fit for this scene as the color pallet was pretty consistent from the sky to the ocean to the beach. The tranquility aspect of it was not only the empty beach, but the marine layer also softens sounds and the father and son looked like they were relaxed and enjoying each others company.

Beach Tranquility
Beach Tranquility

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26 thoughts on “Beach Tranquility

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I thought it really worked well for this capture! Thanks for the feedback….hope all is well and hope you are enjoying these brief, but hot temperatures!!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      If you could see the actual photo vs this it really does make it look more foggy and misty. In the photo, the figures are very distinct where you can tell they are wearing jackets. Thanks for stopping by Brad!! Have a great week!

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  1. Dan Antion

    I love that scene, Kirt. The light on the ocean is so soft and subtle, but intriguing.

    30 years before you made your drive, I made that drive in the opposite direction. I am still amazed at the fact that I only drove through three states. The ride was amazing.

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  2. D. Wallace Peach

    That shot is exceptional, Kirt. I love everything about it. Usually, those marine layers mess up a nice sunset, but in this case, it brought magic. Just stunning. I think this is one of my favorites. 🙂

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Diana for the feedback! To me it was amazing how I saw it differently after all these years. A lot of the rest of that shoot was lighthouses, so I was probably too focused on those. Have a great week!!

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  3. tiffanyarpdaleo

    Tranquil is the perfect word to describe this scene! I just visited the lighthouse at Cabrillo yesterday, it was a hazy day and hardly anyone was there, it was so beautiful!

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