Not your typical summer beach scenes here, but the sort one finds in early spring: empty, strewn with the detritus of winter storms, and a bit bleak. Lousy for swimming and distinctly short of scantily-clad women, but quite good for black and white photography. I strolled about this late March day armed with my FED-2 loaded with Tri-X.
The forte of rangefinders is not shooting moving subjects. Of course that meant that a turkey vulture started swooping overhead very photogenically. Here he is a bit further off than he was later, but I prefer him in the context of the surroundings rather than starkly placed against the sky. This was shot with a red filter.
Driftwood was everywhere. Not just a few sticks and twigs, mind, but whole trees. It was a rough winter. Driftwood makes for a nice subject for close-ups, though if I’m honest I think this would have been a better photo if the focus was just a little further out. Still, I’m happy with the detail. Medium yellow filter on this shot.
Low tide reveals the history of this little beach; it was once home to a jetty for loading stone from a nearby quarry onto barges heading downriver. You can see the remnants just offshore. The quarry is closed and the barges long gone, but the trains still run back and forth through the tunnels you can just make out in the background.
Doesn’t get much bleaker than this. An old tire carcass, a stick, and some cold waves lapping the shore. Like I said, not too inviting for bathing or bikinis, but a good choice when you’re trying to burn some black and white film.