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Lots of Sand, No People
Lens: DA 15L and DA70L Camera: K20D Photo Location: Surfside, TX ISO: 100 
Posted By: Sailor, 03-02-2011, 01:34 PM

I like to shoot empty beaches and parks in the off season, since I think the resulting photos look moody and almost eerie. Here are three I shot yesterday at Stahlman Park in Surfside, TX. When I took these, I intended to convert them to B&W but ultimately decided to give color a try first. During PP, I gave these a little more contrast and edge than I normally do with color images.

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Nice shots Jer- In a month I should be looking at similar scenes from across the Gulf from you in Florida.--charliezap
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Lovely beach. That first one is really nicely balanced.
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Very nice images. It amazes me, that after Ike, there are any beaches at all in that area.

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Very cool! I'm excited for the B&W images. I bet they'll have exactly the look you were going for.
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Nice shots Jer. without people the beach looks so different
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Nice , I really like the first one - now that's my kinda beach ! (No people)... all that is missing is a cooler - but I suspect you had one somewhere .......
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and I am sitting in the desert, why? thanks for the view. Bob

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Lovely images Jer, especially the first and third. That is one of the reasons that I used to plan my East Coast trips in the fall, the beaches are for the most part empty.
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QuoteOriginally posted by charliezap Quote
Nice shots Jer- In a month I should be looking at similar scenes from across the Gulf from you in Florida.--charliezap
Hey, thanks Capn - have fun on the beach.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slowpez Quote
Lovely beach. That first one is really nicely balanced.
Thanks, Susan.

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Very nice images. It amazes me, that after Ike, there are any beaches at all in that area.
Ed, I appreciate it. Surfside has enjoyed a fair amount of restoration/reclamation since the storm. Stahlman Park, where these were shot, was completely rebuilt as were the small dunes you see in the pictures. Actually, it looks a great deal better now than it did before the storm.

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Very cool! I'm excited for the B&W images. I bet they'll have exactly the look you were going for.
Thanks, and the B&W conversions (starting from the orignal RAW files) is on the to-do list.

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Nice shots Jer. without people the beach looks so different
Appreciate it, Scott - yeah, it looks pretty desolate, but it sure was nice to enjoy the solitude on such a beautiful day. In a month or so, this place'll start looking a lot different.

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Nice , I really like the first one - now that's my kinda beach ! (No people)... all that is missing is a cooler - but I suspect you had one somewhere .......
Thanks, buddy. No cooler - I relied on the Hammerhead Bar and Burger.

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and I am sitting in the desert, why? thanks for the view. Bob
Thanks, Bob; looks to me like you've been enjoying a great winter there in the desert.

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Lovely images Jer, especially the first and third. That is one of the reasons that I used to plan my East Coast trips in the fall, the beaches are for the most part empty.
Thanks, Heinrich. Before the kids were in school, when we lived in Ohio, we also planned our beach vacations for after Labor Day.

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Nicelt done Jer. Really like the first image. Looks so different without people. JIM
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You really captured this perfectly Jer! Love love the first shot, but all of them are terrific for moodiness, the subjects really speak. I like that you bumped the contrast too. Really very nice images. What a great playground for a photographer!!
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Nicelt done Jer. Really like the first image. Looks so different without people. JIM
Thanks again, JIM. Yeah - it'll be swarming in a couple of months on the weekends.

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You really captured this perfectly Jer! Love love the first shot, but all of them are terrific for moodiness, the subjects really speak. I like that you bumped the contrast too. Really very nice images. What a great playground for a photographer!!
Thanks, tess. I really enjoy getting out on my own to shoot with no schedule.

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Great shots! They make the beach look so peaceful!
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