Sand

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

Well ... as I mentioned to Frank in the comments, I don't live near the ocean, and with my weekend schedule and the rain, I most likely would not have a new photo for the Sand theme. The ones listed below are from a family vacation to Sandbridge, Virginia Beach and Rodanthe, Outerbanks. Enjoy.

Tracks, Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, Virginia | Monday 29 July, 2013 | Nikon D5100 | 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 | f/11 | ISO 100
Walking the dog. Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, Virginia | Monday 29 July, 2013 | Nikon D5100 | 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 | f/11 | ISO 100
Self portrait, Salvo, North Carolina | Tuesday 1 September, 2015 | Nikon D5100 | 12-24 mm f/4 | f/4.0 | ISO 100

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

Pera Mediterranean Bistro

Shaan is a rising senior and wants to study biology. Shaan prefers small liberal arts schools in the northeast and doesn’t want to attend college or university below the Mason-Dixon line. So this summer, we toured Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, while on a trip to pick up Kiran from a ten-day summer wilderness retreat in Vermont.

We stayed overnight in the Massachusetts border town of North Adams and drove to Williamstown the next morning.

It was strange seeing my last name on many t-shirts and college brochures. Williams is the 3rd most common last name in the United States, so I shouldn't be surprised that there would be a town somewhere with that name. But still. We spent some time in the Williams College gift shop looking for the right shirt with Williams on it. We didn’t want purple or the word college. Just Williams. We bought four grey T-shirts with the words Williams printed in white. It will be fun twinning with the kids — is that the right word?

Spring Street is the main “downtown” area for students of Williams College. It’s a bit longer than Princeton’s Spring Street and has a few more shops, but it seems to be the only shopping/dining area within walking distance of the campus. Princeton has the advantage of multiple streets.

One side of Spring Street has the Williams College gift shop, a Mexican restaurant, the Purple Pub and a few other shops, including a consignment store. At the end of Spring Street is an ice creamery, Lickety Split.

On the other side of Spring Street is the Pera Mediterranean Bistro. The shot was not planned. I was walking along with the tour guide and saw this elderly couple stopping to look at the menu. I love the look of brick and the ivy and the sidewalk dining. For me, this evoked images of my college days when we would drive up to Boston and hang out on the streets of Harvard.

Sunset at Clarke's Bay Print Sale

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Sunset at Clarke's Bay Outerbanks, North Carolina

I wanted to capture one of the spectacular OBX sunsets that I had heard so much about. But this was a family vacation and my wife insisted that I be home for the extended family dinners we had planned. Based on my estimates there wasn't time to eat dinner and still make it somewhere to set up the tripod and camera for a sunset shoot.

But .... on the fourth night, the families decided that perhaps we each needed some individual family time. I convinced my family that we should eat nearby. The Rodanthe Pier would only be a few minutes drive and I would have time after dinner for some sunset photography.

We decided to eat at St. Waves, Seafood & Steak. But … our venue turned out to be disappointing[^1], so we grabbed some deli sandwiches from The Waves Market next door. I had read that sunsets in the OBX are spectacular, especially on the bayside, and given that I now had a lot more time, I drove to Clark's Bay.

We found a picnic area with seating and an excellent view of the bay. We ate and talked about how much we were enjoying the vacation. This didn't last long because, at the start of the golden hour, the beach was suddenly over-run with the evening sand fleas that started to chew on Bhavana and my daughter, Kiran. Interestingly my son, Shaan, and I were not affected. My wife and kids escaped to the safety of the car and I was left by myself to think about where I would set up for the shoot.

While my family sat safely in the car, I set up the camera in several spots, capturing images each time, but it wasn’t until just before sunset that I found this viewpoint. I think this is the best of the series of images I took that evening.