Before the holidays truly kicked in, I took a weekend trip up to Maine to visit with some friends. But in true photographer fashion, I had to bring my cameras and find time on the drive up and back to do some photographing. It was on the drive back when the sun was out, the wind was low, and I made several stops to explore the coastline and take a drone flight.
Once airborne, the clarity of the water was truly astounding. Not that Narragansett Bay has terribly dirty or polluted water, but especially if there has been any wind or wave action the sediment can get easily churned up. But up in the Gulf of Maine, despite some wind and waves over the previous few days, the water was crystal clear, not to mention a shade of turquoise I hadn't seen since traveling in the Caribbean.
It wasn't terribly apparent from shore, but with the afternoon sun and the bird's eye view, the water transparency was abundantly clear. I spent almost an hour exploring one beach in particular, where a marshy river outlet met the sea and created shapes in the marsh and sand that made for some creative compositions.
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Some days I just don't feel like swimming. Some days I don't feel like shooting with a 7lb telephoto setup on the beach. Those days are perfectly suited for drone shots, should the wind be accommodating enough.
I've only had a couple drone flights this winter, one during a sunny but cold morning at the beach, and a second during a slightly windier day at Point Judith lighthouse. It's always a refreshing perspective!
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