Picture This!
On The Beach

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "On the Beach," images made where the land meets the sea. Readers responded with images from around the world showing a sense of color and design that the areas inspired. Quality of light, form, and line and shadow all play their parts in these locales, and images showed the grand and macro, the simple and complex, and most of all the sense of light that makes "On the Beach" a great place to make photographs.

Storm Cloud

Dina Borer made this photo while serving as a park service volunteer at Fort Jefferson National Park in Florida. She caught the leading line of the beach as it met the cloud with a Nikon D80 and an 18-135mm lens with an exposure of f/9 at 1/320 sec.
© 2008, Dina Borer, All Rights Reserved


Robert K. Bailey caught all the lustrous light and detail of this Portuguese man-of-war at dawn on Singer Island, Florida, with a Canon EOS 10D and a 28-105mm lens. Exposure was f/13 at 1/750 sec at ISO 400.
© 2008, Robert K. Bailey, All Rights Reserved

Laguna Beach

The simple composition and bold use of horizontal lines and color caught our eye in this photo by David Stoll. He photographed with a Nikon F100 and a Nikkor 24-120mm lens on Kodak Gold 100 color negative film.
© 2008, David Stoll, All Rights Reserved

Driftwood Beach

This aptly named beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia, provided some exciting compositional possibilities brought to our attention by Gerald Swede. He worked with a Nikon D50 and a Nikkor 28-105mm lens plus a polarizing filter; exposure was f/13 at 1/60 sec.
© 2008, Gerald Swede, All Rights Reserved

Winging It

Stanley A. Singer wrote, "On Longboat Key, Florida, lying on my stomach and with great patience, I was able to capture this contemplative bird with its friend flying overhead." Singer caught this moment with a Nikon D200 and an 18-200mm lens with an exposure of f/5.6 at 1/1000 sec.
© 2008, Stanley A. Singer, All Rights Reserved

Tide Pools

Diane R. Walker reminded us that the macro world is certainly worthy of exploration with this wonderful combination of color and design. Made on Orcas Island, Washington, she photographed with a Nikon D70 and a Tamron 28-300mm lens.
© 2008, Diane R. Walker, All Rights Reserved

Great Blue Heron

The lustrous, silvery waves and stately bird seem to come from the same source of light in this photo by Ray Repczynski on Galveston Bay, Texas. He photographed with an Olympus SP-560 UZ with an exposure of f/4.5 at 1/125 sec.
© 2008, Ray Repczynski, All Rights Reserved

Colony Of Kings

Reminding us of the 4th of July on Coney Island, this photo by S. Herbert Lewis made on South Georgia Island was made with a Canon EOS 5D and a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Exposure was f/22 at 1/160 sec at ISO 320.
© 2008, S. Herbert Lewis, All Rights Reserved

Monterey Sunset

Made with three bracketed exposures, this photo by Mark Schneider captures the full range of light of this gorgeous scene. He worked with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi and a Canon 17-85mm lens.
© 2008, Mark Schneider, All Rights Reserved

Hermes Staff

Tim Walters told us he saw this design in these erosion fences as similar to the "symbol for all emergency medical goods and services, called the `Star of Life.'" We liked the design and play of light and shadow. The photo was made with a Sony Mavica MVC-CD500 on the beach at East Hampton, New York.
© 2008, Tim Walters, All Rights Reserved