Beach Evening Primrose and Ice Plant

Ormond Beach Dune

Crimson and Gold

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These dune images were taken last week at one of our local beaches. I was hoping to find some snowy plover chicks, but it seems they have all grown up and most have left our area already.

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Technical Details

  1. Canon 5DMiii, f36, 1/60 sec, iso 320, 100-400/1.4TC at 189 mm
  2. 5DMiii, f32, 1/60 sec, iso 125, 164 mm
  3. 5DMiii, f36, iso 250, 200 mm

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Ed, all three look great. I am especially drawn to #1. You’ve scattered the colors and textures very well throughout the frame, with the contrast between plants and sand looking very good. #2 is special in its own way, again with the plants distributed well and the addition of the blown sand textures. I prefer #1 because of its intimacy. #3 is striking because there is so much color and texture. The high contrast between the plants and the sand stands out in all three views.

Ed, I like the triptych, but I favor the 2nd as the star of the three. The third shows the environment. The first allows an analysis of the detail, but it also demonstrates the difficulty of finding the hyperfocal point. The 2nd image has a wonderful foreground that anchors the composition. I love the way the lines of the vegetation and the texture and curves of the dunes carry the eye through the composition. I want to just rest with it and take in the beauty.

Ed, I would have been very content finding these instead of the chicks, :smile:.
Must be thrilling to see this scene in person, and you’ve captured some very nice images that represent the plants well. Wow, there is barely room to walk in the 3rd photo with the plants growing so thickly. If I had to pick just one, I’d probably prefer #2, because I like the wider expanse on display. Plus, the flowers form wavy, diagonal lines as they criss-cross the sand, and accentuate the ridge too.

Wow! Thank you everyone @Mark_Seaver, @Barbara_Djordjevic, and @Jim_Lockhart for your kind comments. Ed

Hi Ed, my fave is #2. My eye has a blast roaming around all those lines hither and thither throughout the image. I love too, how you allowed just a bit of the blue sky in to add context and dimension.

Thank you very much @connie4. Ed

Thank you for the EP Mark.