A Stolen Moment

I’ve been neglecting my blog in the past week. My parents are visiting from Sweden and one would think that that should give me lots of material for the blog, but I much rather spend time just chatting with them than chasing them with my camera. Today was different though. We decided to take a day trip to Maryland Eastern Shore and Assateague Park and I took a whole bunch of photos, some of which I’ll probably post here over the course of the next few days.

I grew up by the water – the Baltic Sea – and, as a child, I spent all day every day in the summer playing at the beach. I still have a particular fondness for water and I long for just sitting at the beach listening to the waves crashing on the shore. Yet we live far enough from the coast that it’s probably only a few times each year I’ll get to enjoy it. Like today. Assateague Island was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful – the big waves, the white sand, the feeling of walking in the sand bare-feet again. It puts a smile on my face…

Yet, today’s photo doesn’t have anything directly to do with the beach, other than the fact that it was snapped (and snapped is the perfect description for how I captured this image) at the parking lot at the entrance to the beach. I saw this two guys leaving the beach at the same time that we did. They looked really interesting, kind of German. For all I know, they were a couple, but it’s besides the point here. I have yet to work up the courage to openly shoot strangers so I snapped this photo while keeping my camera in an obscure position at my waist level. That’s right, I didn’t even look through the viewfinder and my 5d does not have live view, so the image was not “framed” and I had to fully rely on autofocus to focus where I hoped it would focus. My camera clearly didn’t read my mind and cooperate to 100%, but it’s still a photo that passes the level of acceptable, I think.

(50mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/500 sec)

A Stolen Moment

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