A Visit to East Hampton

This post is about a week late but I suppose it’s better late than never. Steph invited me and my sister to join her for a visit to the Carabine’s in East Hampton and of course we couldn’t refuse.

The trip was so awesome. I had been saying earlier in the week how I needed a mental reboot. I was happy at work with what I was doing but outside of that, I lacked luster and enthusiasm with anything that I was doing. I couldn’t bare to pick up a camera or look at pictures. I was really in a funk and needed something to shake me out of it and this weekend did just that.

Steph was very excited to get up there and could barely sit still in the car on the ride up. I, on the other hand, had run out of things to do with about an hour left in the trip and became a pain in the butt for everyone else in the car with my complaining. But we soon arrived at the Carabines and spent the next hours talking and getting caught up. We talked into the wee hours of the night/morning and we decided that it would be a great idea to see the sunrise in the morning.

We left the house at 5am to catch the sunrise at 5:45 on Main Beach. My sister brought a blanket and I lugged my camera gear onto the beach. We carefully avoided the tractor that was raking the sand and found a place to watch the sun come up.

It was really beautiful and I was just snapping away with my camera. I found the revival and inspiration that I needed and I was finally seeing things that were appealing to me. The shot below is a concept that came into my head shortly after my friend Sean passed away last year. I’ve tested it out a few times and it’s still a work in progress but it felt very fitting to be trying it out on the same beach where Sean’s bench overlooks the ocean.

Life's Journey

While the sun was coming up over the horizon, I saw a piece of driftwood in the dunes and suddenly I had an idea. I was reading an article on the Strobist blog and he was talking of using sunrises and sunsets as backdrops for portraits. So a few minutes later, Steph was holding my gear while I was dragging this large (and heavy) drift wood log into position. I couldn’t be happier with this shot. Not that I’m bragging, but it’s finally a picture of mine that I would print and hang on a wall. It reaffirmed my faith in my abilities.

Steph - East Hampton sun rise

Later in the day, and after a nice nap, we headed out to Montauk for some more picture opportunities. Amber went and checked out the pirate exhibit at the lighthouse and I walked down along the beach to get one of my first panoramic shots of the shoreline. You should click on the image and see the full size.

Montauk Lighthouse Panoramic

Since the sun rise was so great, we decided to catch the sun set/moon rise on Main Beach that night. Again I was snapping away and I found a kid’s sand toys and did some experimenting lighting them with the moon rise as a backdrop.

Jared's Pale

If you use a long enough exposure, the moon can appear quite bright at night.

A New Moon

This trip was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things. It was a mental reboot and a creative refuel. I can’t thank the Carabines enough for their hospitality. I consider myself very fortunate for knowing people like them who always make me feel welcome.

I’m off to Ocean City this weekend to stay in the family’s new beach house and to put some of my creative juices to work. I’m also hoping to catch a few boardwalk buskers for my street performer photo project.

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