My mother and I decided to visit the American east coast for the holiday season. We decided that we needed a get away, since we both had a pretty rough year. Fortunately the weather was unseasonably warm for December.
Our destination was Rehoboth Beach, a small seaside town on the Delaware coast.
The forecast for the duration of our trip called for humid, temperate, rainy days, with short breaks of sunshine. This made for some great conditions for photography, since the temperate rain created some seriously dense and foggy sea air. Although the majority of the trip was gray, we enjoyed the moodiness that the weather provided us.
Rehoboth Beach is a beautiful, well manicured little town. Lots of great restaurants and bars. A great place for families and couples. Obviously the town was pretty empty when we were there, but there is a contingent of people that live there the entire year. The neighboring beaches do not seem to have as much of an established base of life throughout the entire year.
Some of the restaurants that we dined in were almost full!
My camera had no problems getting great light exposure. Everything was gray, gray, gray, with soft light spread out through the mists. Once the clouds broke, we got some pretty dramatic clouds. I brought my Sony A7II with my Zeiss 55mm 1.8ZA. Although it’s not the wide angle that most would bring for the situation, it was perfect for capturing everything.
I chose to use black & white to convey a lot of the scenes, since there wasn’t much color to work with because of the autumnal feeling weather.
My mother and I spent a day driving down the coast to the neighboring beach towns. The road was empty, and the wind was whipping at times. There were lots of little turnoffs to hidden beaches. Glimpses of beauty and nature.
We stayed at the Atlantic Sands hotel, a humble place right on the water. What the hotel lacks in comfort, it more than makes up for with location. The bare bones staff on duty Christmas Eve were very friendly and helpful.
I’ll definitely plan on returning to this great beach. It’s only a 2 hour drive from Baltimore, which isn’t even half a tank of gas.