Along the beach
The beach at Kohler-Andrae State Park, is a great place to find small stones.
On a day with little wind, the waves casually wash over the beach sand, gently depositing small stones in patterns I could never create. With the sun on my shoulders – which feels especially great in the early spring and late winter – these mosaics appear with each step. And can easily disappear with each wave.
What caught my eye
This small collection of stones caught my eye immediately.
Combined with the shadows and stones, the heart-shaped stone, in the upper left corner, naturally appeared before me.
Seeing the “heart-shaped” stone was immediate. What took time was evaluating how I wanted to capture this image.
Would it be as impressive if it were a close-up? Should it be part of a larger ‘canvas’?
The stones you see were placed there naturally. I did not place, or remove any. This natural grouping of small (to the left) to largest (top right) was there when I arrived, placed by Lake Michigan.
I purposely chose to include the stones for both their color and size. Placing the camera in a direct overhead position, I also framed the stones to run diagonally from left to right – taking the viewer through each stone’s features, accented by the sand.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14397; 1Ds Mark III, Canon 180 mm macro f/3.5 L USM, focal length 180mm, ISO 50, 1/30 second, f/22, spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay, developed in Lightroom
Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin (north beach)