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A nice peaceful and soft early morning along Sandbridge Beach shortly after sunrise. The beautiful rays of the sun shining through the clouds and lighting up the water below adds a special something to this shot.
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Sandbridge beach early morning, the sun in the clouds looks like an eye – Nature’s Eye.

On one of my last photography trips along the beaches of Virginia Beach, I came across this piece of driftwood along the beach.

The weather was perfect, cloudy, but not enough to prevent the sun from shining through and providing what another famous nature and landscape photographer calls ‘god beams.’ This shot had plenty of ‘god beams’ from the sunlight piercing through the clouds.

The beach was perfect, the sand all washed from seaweed and the like thanks to a early morning storm. And it was one of my favorite visits to Sandbridge Beach. The peacefulness, the calm, the serenity – just me and the Atlantic and of course, the driftwood which became my foreground interest in this beautiful and dreamy shot.

Photographer's Notes

I really loved this scene, and in my mind's eye I envisioned a soft and mellow photograph, one that captured for me the feeling I felt that morning on the beach.

I took this shot using my Canon 5D Mark II with my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens set at a focal length of 24mm.  The exposure was set at f/16 at 1/125 second shutter with my ISO of course set at 100.

I then processed this photograph in Adobe Lightroom and then finished up in Adobe Photoshop using Nik (now DxO) Color Efx Pro filter, using the soft focus filter to give the overall photograph it's soft look and feel.

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A little about me . . .

Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens.

Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but can't decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times!

Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

Peace,

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