Tuesday, August 14, 2012

ocean city, nj beach

while everyone was eating breakfast, i'd hit the beach with my camera. there are only so many beachy photos you can take without falling asleep because everything sort of runs together. but if you're up early enough when the light is just right and the crowds have yet to assemble, you'll probably find a few points of interest. 

ocean city, nj beach
ocean city, nj beach
ocean city, nj lifeguards

a couple friendly locals stopped me on my walk and asked, "are you an amateur photographer?" i'm sure my huge lens gave it away, but then i had to wonder why they threw the word amateur into the title? maybe my age? wouldn't you just say, are you a photographer? anyway, i never know how to answer this question and i went into my whole life story with the first person who stopped me..... "um, i have a blog, sometimes i do photo shoots, my dog's name is sam wiggins." obviously this was the wrong approach, so for the remainder of the trip, YES i am an AMATEUR photographer. thanks for asking, kind sir.

runners on the beach
ocean city, nj beach
ocean city, nj beach
ocean city, nj beach

my friend monica is really good at taking photos of people. i try to be better at it, but i honestly don't enjoy taking photos that include lots of people in the shot. i like a really clean aesthetic when i look through the lens and will wait and wait until people move out of the frame in order to get the shot. perhaps my anti-social nature has taken shape in all forms. that being said, the above lifeguard photo would have been more interesting had i introduced myself and taken their photo while saving people's lives/eating a ham sandwich.

ocean city, nj beach
ocean city, nj beach

ps: a previous trip to the jersey shore.


Meagan Murtagh said...

gorgeous gorgeous. this is my favorite time of the day to hit the beach!

xo the egg out west.

Kayla Poole said...

hi, twin. (relative to everything you said regarding conversations that follow after being stopped and asked about photographer status, and liking clean, minimalistic shots bereft of most people). I think we'd have fun on a photo shoot together.

Anonymous said...

gurrrl you are workin that bikini

Lynley Jill said...

Love your blog! LOVE your photos! Love this post! Your work is beautiful!

tinajo said...

Love the beach, love beach pics! :-)

Monica L. Shulman said...

thank you for the shout out, love. sometimes i prefer to take photos without any people in the shot too. in fact one time a reader asked me if i only go to the beach when there's no one else there. I think there is something to be said for both types of photos and it's not really bc we can be a bit anti-social (aren't all photogs a little...always hiding behind our lenses)...the fact that you let yourself get in front of the camera too shows me that you're not anti-social at all! i mean, maybe a little;) but that smile! love it.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Vacation you took some pretty gorgeous shots–at this point, I'd argue the word "amateur" is completely inappropriate.

Victoria said...

Love these pictures! I am just like you in waiting for people to clear so that I can get a shot. Oddly enough, some of my favorite pictures that other people take are ones with people in them! Why I don't take pictures like that is beyond me. And, getting the courage to talk to strangers who you want to ohotograph so each picture has a story/conversation behind it, is even better.

Let's do it! We'll be glad we did.

The Bebebirds said...
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The Bebebirds said...

Haha! I tend to do the life story explanation when asked an awkward question too. Regardless, the photos are lovely. Love the one of you and your husband. Totally cute.


Joy said...

you look incredibly chic!

Amielle said...

That running photo and the one with you next to the lifeguards are my favourite.

That was my favourite part of my program, in the end. Was that, because of it, I was forced to learn how to go up to people and ask if I could take their picture. And after rejection after rejection you start wondering why, up until you find someone who says yes and that simple word makes all the nos before it worth it. And why I prefer to shoot photos with people in it. Because there's a greater challenge and therefore a greater reward. :)

Susan said...

Love the shot of you both, and you & the iconic! Beautiful.

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

Your photos are lovely! I also don't prefer taking pictures of people, and tend to stand awkwardly with my camera to my face, hoping the people in my way would get the message.

I also commend you for waking up early enough before the people head to the beach.

Colleen Brynn said...

I love the shot of the two joggers. The horizon is nice and level in the background and the two joggers have sharp and dynamic silhouettes. Nicely done!

Joanna Goddard said...

i'm really loving your photos from the beach. also, i think the lifeguard photo was perfect as it was!! that was my favorite actually:):)

Ellen said...

You had me at the lifeguard stand. We spent the last 10 summers at OC, very near where you stayed, but couldn't make it this year. Thankfully, your photos brought the beach to us: how soft the sand feels at that time of day; the salty, humid smell of the ocean; those beautiful, muted colors (of the umbrellas, chairs and sunburned cheeks); and the frothing, fun waves. These photos made me and my family smile, and took us right back there with you. Wonderful job, thank you!

Shoko said...

Well, aren't you the cutest!

molly b. said...

Why would someone say amateur? So weird.

I love the part about ...and I have a dog named Sam Wiggins.

Never a lack of humor & beautiful (non-amateur) shots, Rebecca. Thanks for that.

Lonely Wife Project said...

There's nothing amateur about your photography and you're a skinny bitch so ignore my comment about going to the gym. You're hot as is.

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