Sea-Side Saturday! November 23, 2010Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Boston, light houses, Lizz Bartlett, North Shore, sunrise
I went back East this weekend for the third Saturday in a row – a record for me, as I’m more of a mountain-type guy, but hey, one mustn’t be narrow, eh?
So I packed up Friday night and, at the invitation of my friends and local housemates Lizz and Holly, spent the night at their place in Arlington with the intention of catching sunrise on The Coast with Lizz.
We got up a bit after 4am, and I have to say, I’m glad Lizz was driving (she always does!) I swilled a cup of coffee from the first place we encountered which was open, but that didn’t prevent me from drifting in and out of a pleasant stupor as we headed east, then north.
Our first stop was a lighthouse known as “The Nubble,” and our timing was close to perfect – the first hint of light was growing in the East, allowing us to pick our way down the rocks and set up just above the rising tide.
It was still dark enough to get some really long (15+ second) exposures, and we did:
I was pleased at the way the waves came and went and left their ghosts on the jagged rocks.
The sea itself was magnificent as the sky grew radiantly red. I played with my graduated filters, then did virtually nothing to these two shots in post-processing:
As the dawn progressed the colors were swallowed by thickening clouds, muting the landscape of crashing waves and tortured granite:
But alas, it was friggin’ freezing out there, with the wind lashing at out coats and tripods so that we had to hang on to everything:
…and as the light flattened, we bundled ourselves back into Lizz’s truck and trundled off to a big breakfast at a place which came highly recommended, and proved to be worthy of every word spoken on its behalf.
Man, that was a great way to wake up!
I’ll have the rest of the day’s catch up soon – right now it’s getting late, and I have another 4am wake-up scheduled, this time for work at a bit of a distance from home.