I can finally say I have seen one of the most beautiful sunsets in my life. My family and I decided to spend the first week of our summer camping at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. It was a fantastic and relaxing way to kick off our summer break. While we were driving down, I could see so many places that I couldn’t wait to photograph. I had never tried taking professional pictures on a beach. It took a while to set up, especially in the heat, but it was well worth it. Our camping site gave us a perfect line of sight to the beautiful sky.
After the long day of traveling and heat, nobody wanted to cook. We looked up some of the best seafood restaurants in our welcome booklet and found Bubba’s Crab Shack. The food was wonderful and flavorful. Our waitress was very nice and accommodating. All in all, my trip was off to a very good start.
As soon as got back home from dinner, I immediately grabbed my camera. The sun was just starting to set and bands of colors were incredible. Once I set foot on the beach, time seemed to stand still. The sunset was astonishing! The bands of red, orange and yellow danced across the water. I knew I would not have to edit the picture because the colors were so vivid by themselves. I was taking so many pictures and I couldn't wait to get back and look over them. My mind was running so fast. Then it occurred to me, I needed to stop worrying about taking the shot and sit down to admire it for myself.
While I was enjoying the view, I saw some ducks walk by. It seemed so odd to see just three lone ducks in Virginia Beach. I watched them walk together and start swimming. That was my shot.
Later, I went back to our camper. While looking over my pictures and flagging my favorites, I noticed the picture of the ducks that was beautiful. The amount of light on the horizon made a black silhouette of any object in the water. The picture was so stunning.
Anyone that knows me would say I'm a planner, but after seeing this beautiful setting I've learned otherwise. Just planning does nothing for you. Occasionally, stop planning your shots, step from behind the camera and take in the beauty around you.
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