Weekly photo challenge: Beyond

No matter how far a person can go, the horizon is still way beyond you. 

Zora Neale Hurston

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There’s little that captures the feeling of “beyond” better for me than the horizon at the seashore. It calls us to reflect on what lies further than our eyes can see.

I am always awed by the wild power of waves and lured by the immensity of sea vistas.

These images were made at Hutchinson Island, which is one the many barrier islands that shields Florida’s east coast from the Atlantic Ocean.

I experimented with some longer exposures and a bit of intentional camera movement to create a soft, dreamy, blurry, impressionistic effect.

For me, the muted bluey-green of sky and sea, the white of the foamy surf and the soft brown of sand are among the most restorative colours to be surrounded by — at once soothing, exhilarating and contemplative. How does being at the seashore make you feel?

Linking to Kat Sloma’s Exploring with a camera.

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20 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: Beyond

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  2. Thank YOU so much! I love how we all find techniques and ideas that inspire us in the work of other photographers/bloggers. I know I do all the time. I think you’ll have fun with this one. Look forward to seeing your results!

  3. I absolutely love the technique you used to make the seascapes look like paintings. Your photos are so peaceful, and I love the softness and the colors. I’ve linked to you from my photo challenge entry, and you’ve inspired me to go experiment with longer exposures. Thank you very much! If I post any of my resulting experiments in the future, I’ll link back to you again.

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  5. You captured the feeling of serenity and peace of the seashore beautifully in these Sherry. I love the colors too! Thank you for sharing in Exploring with a Camera.

  6. In short the sea makes me feel like I belong. Not sure if you’ve ever read this sentence … it’s part of the intro on my blog but there’s a segment of this sentence that may also answer your question to us: “She loves the scent of forests and rain, the rhythms of the sea, and holds discoveries and stories in high regard.”
    Beautiful photos Sherry.

  7. Ah the Ocean – yes – beyond what we can see – thank you for these wonderful images and those words. I leave for the Ocean in less than a month now and I am ah yearning for the warmth – especially with -27 below with the wind chill.

  8. AAAHHH….. peaceful, inspired, content, grateful — you’ve evoked all of those emotions with those photos. Thanks, Sherry.

  9. Breathtaking, Sherry! I love the ocean but am landlocked. Heading to Hawaii in about a month … can’t wait. In the meantime, your photos have brought me a touch of the seaside. Thank you!

  10. I love your seaside captures here, Sherry. I especially love the first one of calm waves coming into to break upon the sand. The second image looks like a painting! Longer exposures and just a little intentional camera movement can really give some exciting results! Though I do find it sometimes difficult to get the right exposure for the effect I aspire to! Thank you for visiting me on my experience with ICM exercise which I thoroughly enjoyed and took masses of photos for – and deleted masses too!
    I agree that the sea somehow brings us back to our source. I always feel renewed and cleansed when I get the opportunity of staying somewhere by the sea!
    Have a lovely Sunday!

  11. OH I can only dream of such a lovely place on this cold , gray, freezing rain day (feel sorry for me yet)
    The colors are beautiful. Love how you played w/ the settings

  12. If we came from the waters of this planet then one understands the strong bond we have with it. Maybe a molecule of water flowed passed the ancient Egyptian artifacts and on to a flower on the Irish coast, to Lake Ontario and beyond and then to you. The energy of a pounding shore, we seem mesmerized it, it’s something we seem to all share.

  13. When I stand at the seashore I feel like I am on the edge of the world. Or, now that I have written that I just flipped it and saw how rather than me being at the edge of the world, maybe the world has landed at my feet. 🙂

  14. There’s something special about standing at the shoreline, isn’t there? It puts us back in touch with nature, reminding us we are part of something much bigger. Beautiful work with the impressionistic long exposures.

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