photography, random thought, travel

The Ocean Song

The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.”
― Christopher Paolini

Ellen is an ocean girl.  And clearly I’m a mountain guy.

So I planned a trip recently that I hoped would offer the best of both worlds… the Pacific Northwest Coast.

It really didn’t disappoint.

But I was surprised at how deeply I too fell for the ocean song.

Pacific surf along Del Norte Coast

Dusk falls on the Pacific at Wilson Creek Beach

There’s more to the music of the sea than just the crash of the waves.

A silhouette of a photographer as dusk falls on the Pacific at Wilson Creek Beach

Or the melodic ebb and flow of the tide.

Dusk falls on the Pacific surf at Wilson Creek Beach

There’s the distant surf rolling and rumbling faintly.  Steadily.

Sea birds and pastels accompany the rocks in the Pacific surf along Del Norte Coast

The chatter of the seabirds.

starfish in the tidal pools near Arch Rock

plant life and wildlife in the tidal pools near Arch Rock

The gentle sway of the tiny creatures.

Arch Rock at dusk

There is a sound to the light.  It carries all of these other notes of the sea to create one grand song.

The sun sets on the Pacific and a tent campsite with beautiful displays of color

The sun sets on the Pacific and a tent campsite with beautiful displays of color

The sun sets on the Pacific with beautiful displays of color

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

And when the sun drops beyond the horizon, out of view, the symphony doesn’t end.

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

In fact, the orchestral crescendo begins to take shape with soft colors and the gentleness of the breeze.

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

This is where the song takes shape.  This is where the minor key takes hold.

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

Dusk falls on Bandon Beach

It is primal song. And it is one that I will forever try to capture, impossible as it is… it hangs just out of reach in the air around us and passes through us tenderly. It tells us that we are not alone. That this is not all by chance.

It reminds us that every song has a composer.

— andrew


 
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A Dusk at the Beach

Near the end of my trip, I needed a little beach time.

I found Bonita Beach in Bonita Springs, and it was perfect… just what I needed.

I spent the afternoon and evening enjoying the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

tree lined path to the beach

stars over bonita springs beach

stars over bonita springs beach

stars over bonita springs beach

stars over bonita springs beach

stars over bonita springs beach

stars over bonita springs beach

 

All of these images (plus many more) were captured with Canon’s 5D MK III.  Equipment review to follow!

– andrew

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art, photography, travel

anna maria: sunsets & super moons

we had a shoot in anna maria, florida a few weeks ago, shortly after the san diego trip… it was so nice to get back to the ocean.

i’m not usually much of a sunset photographer, but they were just insane out there.  so i had to.  and it also happened to be the super moon weekend.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2012

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¿necesitas una vacación?

if your answer is, “well, not really, but sure!” then you’re like us.

we feel very blessed to do what we do.  traveling, meeting great folks, and photographing the world.

but every once in a while, you really do just need to go to beautiful beach somewhere and drink fruity beverages while relaxing in the sun, if at all possible.

so we took a few days off and headed back down to the mayan riviera in mexico, where we went last year before for our honeymoon…

ahhh, relaxation.  if you go in the middle of the week for just a few days to one of the hundreds of all-inclusives, it’s actually a very economical choice for vacation.

our resort was just a half a mile or so down the beach from a nature preserve…

crystal clear rivers running right into the beautiful caribbean waters!  great for snorkeling.

but if you’re like me, and love what you do for a living, you need to work at least a little to keep your sanity in all that relaxation…

so i shot every day, and explored the possibility of shooting for resorts.  and elle and i both kind of love that idea ;)

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2012

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