Seasons of Sand

Light is everything. Especially at the beach, lighting controls texture and tone. For many, the beach is simply sand. However, the sand has seasons and to those that live on an island, the seasons of the sand are evident.

The summer sand is my favorite. The light dusting that resembles confectioners sugar is tiny, light and almost fluffy. The wind pics up this time of year and gently blows, moving the light sand up and around the dunes, adding important protective layers. The existing plants and new seeds grow easily through the summer sand.

The light and shadows of this sweet, frosting layer provide beautiful contrast to the darker, wet base layer and wooden or stone groins. Black and white images of the beach are probably still less common than color. However, the seasons of the sand are about texture, which black and white accentuates.

These images are part of a growing collection of Folly Beach. Here the tool was the Lecia Monochrom and Summilux 35mm ASPH, pre FLE with a Heliopan orange filter. It is all about light, and light is everything.

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