Very rewarding day on the Texas Coastline. A few weeks ago I was driving the coastal road between Galveston and Freeport looking for an interesting place to shoot on the beach. Stopped several times I would get out of the car walk the beach for a little ways but unfortunately was having no luck. I was thinking to myself that I was not going to find anything but I drove past this sign that said “National Trail” and saw a parking area but kept on driving for a few hundred yards and something told me to go back turned the car around parked my car got my gear and started to walk the trail after about 5 minutes you were on the beach. At first it looked like all the other spots I had stopped at just sand and water pretty boring. Then I notice what appeared to be a large rock in the water and thought that was odd because you do not see rocks on the Texas coastline. But when I approached I noticed it was actually a large slap of concrete with only the tip sticking out of the water. It was high tide so I could not see the rest. So I decided I would come back another day and see what it looked like at low tide. A couple weeks later I drove back to the spot. Now this is no short drive it takes me 2 hours from my home to get there. It was on a beautiful warm sunny Saturday a nice day for a drive. I arrived early morning at low tide and was quite surprised there where several large concrete slabs of all shapes, size and some with rebar sticking out of them. I knew immediately I had found my next shooting spot but I needed to wait until I had the right conditions to shoot. I was wondering how this concrete had gotten there but I figured it must have been from a hurricane that had washed the concrete out to sea. I wanted to shoot the concrete at night and sunrise. The conditions I was looking for was the moon’s location in the sky (preferably low in the sky just after moonrise) and a quarter moon if possible no larger than a half moon. Also need low tide and the waves to be flat or 1 foot in size and the skies to be partly cloudy to clear skies. Luckily looking at my apps I notice in a couple of weeks on a Friday there would be a quarter moon rising at 3:15am, low tide at 5am, surf was to be at 1 foot and I was hoping for good weather. Wow was I lucky! A few days before Friday I checked the weather and the forecast was for clear skies (prefer a few clouds but oh well) and morning temperature of 60 degrees, I had to get up at 2:30am to get to the spot just before 5am. The moon was a little higher than anticipated but still okay. I had a great time shooting, there is nothing for miles, tranquil, weather was fantastic, the water was a little cold. I was standing in knee deep water for about an hour. Once out of the water had to walk the beach to thaw my feet out but this gave me the opportunity see if there was anything else of interest to shoot and I found a few other things interest, I will shoot them on another day. I just love being out in nature enjoying life and getting good shots is the icing on the cake.
Camera Setting: focal length 24mm, F16, exposure 6 seconds, ISO 200