Summer! The hustle and bustle in Ocean City when millions of people inundate the island for everything from fishing trips to senior weeks to family vacations. People everywhere. Mini golf courses are jammed. Dumser's Dairyland Ice Cream has lines spilling out to the parking lot (it's worth it). The beaches are crowded. The streets are full. The boardwalk is mobbed. Summer! This wasn't one of those summer days. Heather and I took a weekend trip Maryland in the offseason specifically to be on the island and not deal with all of the summer hubbub. We were wearing sweaters and jackets and we were cold!
The waitress at Layton's (on 92nd) told us at lunch that this was the last weekend before the season officially started. There was a weird sensation in the air. Palpable. But elusive. Maybe it was being there when the island was relatively empty and without my entire family on our vacation. Maybe it was the crazy weird freaking weather that was on it's way!
Saturday morning it hit... Fog. Fog so thick you could see about one block. We made our way to the boardwalk and out to the pier, there wasn't much a view from it-- could barely see the water below, so we headed on down under the pier where I made this image: "Pier into Fog."
I have been to Ocean City many times, and have only seen fog like that one other time, way back in 1992. So, I was pretty happy I had my camera to capture the moment, it could be 20 years before I get that weather when I am the beach again.
We returned again this past April during the Kite festival, and I made a few more images. This time I had a tripod with me as well as some Neutral Density filters to smooth the water out a little bit and knock out the crashing waves. I was shooting just after sunrise, so the light was pretty low and direct, making for some amazing shadows. All Photoshop and post processing aside, you can see the incredible difference in the quality of light from the foggy day above, to the bright morning below in the shadows of the pilings.
Same place, two different days almost a year apart, and two different types of light. A storm separated the two images as well; the fishing pier was significantly damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Workers were making repairs over our heads when we returned this year (causing water drops and sand to keep falling on my camera, and me!) to get the pier ready for the summer deluge of tourists! Heather and I, with family, will be among them! Ah, summer! Ah, off season!
After the fog and the pier, we went looking to make images of the Ghost Towers of Delaware. We found some images when we first looked, but didn't come up with anything that was exciting to me. On Sunday, the weird fog rolled back out or burned off, and we found our the images I was looking for, but that is a topic for another day.
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