It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed the bleached coquina resting on the larger shell (a small oyster, I think). The shells and crab piece hide a tiny piece of yellow shell beneath, just visible through the hole.
I love this still life composition; the morning sun creating a pearly effect on the oyster makes it perfect.
The tide line is full to overflowing with splashes of color and jumbles of shells and pebbles, yet it is interesting to me how often I come across balanced, monochromatic still lifes, such as this one.
Also of growing interest is the effect the early morning light has on the opacity of the items that I photograph. Here, the light is hitting the bit of down feather just perfectly to give the illusion of transparency. Now that fall is coming, the sun is lower and rising later, so I may have a chance to work with this a bit more.
The colors in the shell and in the sand are so, so similar! It is also appropriate for me to post a monochrome on the day of a major snowstorm!
Alas! Blame it on week-before-Christmas-craziness, but I just realized that today I reposted a copy of a photo from a few days ago. That, I believe, is not acceptable in my personal blog-existence. So, here’s a second photo for today. … Continue reading
Rough hewn, yet delicate. Color-burst amidst monochrome. This still life is in perfect balance.
Another in the series of wind-swept tide line photos. A blowing-sand beach is remarkably monochrome. Like fog does to the air, wind strips a beach of color and softens forms. This sea lettuce was visible from a distance up the … Continue reading
Bridge. Shelter. Arch. Grace.
Downy bits of feather and a sugar-crust delicate shell were arranged just perfectly for an understated still life. Understated, but absolutely elegant.
Ancient coral branch Swept to the beach by the tide Slips across the sand