The {Serenity} Project – Ocean Waves

I believe in the ocean
 curing all bad moods.
I believe in the waves
 wiping away worries.
I believe in seashells 
bringing good luck.
I believe in toes in the sand
 grounding my soul.
– Happsters

I realize in this world there are people that have never seen the ocean.  That makes me sad for them.  I can’t imagine living a life where one has never been able to see for their very own eyes the expanse of the water and looking as far as the eye can see but not seeing anything but the horizon in the distance.  It’s such an incredible sight.

Our recent vacation took us to Oak Island, NC.  I loved the smell of the ocean, the sand between my toes, the rhythm of the waves and the warmth of the sunshine on me.  If that’s not serenity, I don’t know what is.

One afternoon the beach looked hazy, a bit foggy, something I’ve not quite seen before in the middle of the day.  I could see a storm making it’s way to shore, so perhaps that was part of it.  But something was pulling me to the ocean, so I decided to take my camera out for a little bit to try and capture the feeling, first with some still shots, then playing with intentional camera movement.

I loved trying to match my camera movement along with the rhythm of the waves.  It was very calming and therapeutic.

Yaupon Pier at Oak Island, NC during hazy weather.

Aperture: ƒ/11 | Focal length: 50mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/40s |

The ocean waves at Oak Island, NC prior to incoming storm.

Aperture: ƒ/11 | Focal length: 50mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/40s |

Yaupon Pier at Oak Island, NC during hazy weather.

Aperture: ƒ/11 | Focal length: 50mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 2.5s |

Intentional camera movement on ocean waves at Oak Island, NC.

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 3.2s |

Intentional camera movement on ocean waves at Oak Island, NC.

Aperture: ƒ/11 | Focal length: 50mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1s |

Intentional camera movement on ocean waves at Oak Island, NC.

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 3.2s |

Intentional camera movement on ocean waves at Oak Island, NC.

Aperture: ƒ/22 | Focal length: 70mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 3.2s |

The Serenity Project is collective blog consisting of members who strive for all things serene.  This month is no exception in finding serenity all around us in this world.  Wendy May of Wendy May Photography is next in our serenity blog circle.  Follow the circle around to see what she has to share this month.

 

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  • Serenity Project - August 2017 - Iris Nelson Photography - […] the circle to see what my wonderful and talented photography friend Kathy Roberts, of Kathleen Roberts Photography. Kathy lives in the beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. I always […]ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Such beautiful imagery. The colours and delicate tones are stunning and soothing to view.ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - I absolutely love these pastel tones, Kathy! I can’t wait to try some camera movement and slow shutter speeds the next time I’m lucky enough to find myself at the beach. Absolutely beautiful images!ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thanks Eileen! It was really fun trying slow shutter speed/camera movement. Something different, you know?ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Nelson - Gosh these are all so amazingly gorgeous. Man do I miss the beach. I love the pastel tones and the texture of the waves.ReplyCancel

  • Iris - What amazing images of the ocean, Kathy. I love the ocean and I miss it very much. Salt water still runs through my veins, even after 26 years in the desert.

    I love especially the ones with the long shutter speed. Very cool.ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - Could these be anymore peaceful? No! Such gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • Mabel - !!! Your words and images really capture the feeling. You know I’m partial to abstract and these move me!ReplyCancel

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