Beautiful World // The Beach {Guest Post}

Boy, do I have a treat lined up for you guys this morning!  Rochelle is a talented photographer living in Okinawa, Japan, and thanks to the interwebs, she has become a great friend of mine.  I asked her to share some beauty with you this morning, as I soak up my last day in tropical paradise, and she definitely delivers.  Enjoy!

Hello everyone! I’m Rochelle from Captured and Shared, a photography blog where I get to share some of the thousands of photos I have taken. Annabelle was sweet enough to ask me to guest post while she and her hubby are off to the beach on vacation. I hope that they have fun and most importantly that the vacation is actually relaxing! 

Since she is heading to the beach, I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite beach photos. I have literally gotten to shoot from coast to coast in the US, and now I’m living on the sub-tropical island of Okinawa, Japan.  Having beach on all four sides of the island provides some amazing photo opportunities!
December 25, 2007 Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
One reason I love shooting at the ocean is that it looks different every time and beaches all vary so much.

May 19, 2009 Boat marina in King’s Wharf, Bermuda
One way to keep beach photos from all looking the same is to change the direction you are looking, for example, being on the water and looking back towards land provides and entirely different view. 
December 17, 2009 Tree trunk in Fort Casey, Washington.
I had to include this photo as Annabelle takes such amazing black and white scenic photos!  Turning a color photo into a black and white one is a great way to create an entirely new look.
December 20, 2009 Fort Casey State Park, Washington.
So many of the beaches I saw in Washington were covered in driftwood. I loved the effect that it had on my beach photos that I took while I was there. Characteristics like that are part of what make each beach unique.

July 7, 2010 Portland Head Light at Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Some beaches have driftwood, but others have lighthouses! My mom adores lighthouses, and I can’t see one without thinking of her. 
December 25, 2011 Inarajan Natural Pools, Guam
Apparently I like to take photos of the ocean on Christmas Day! This photo was taken a bit after sunset to capture the soft glow of the light. 
May 12, 2012 Ikei Island in Okinawa, Japan.
The beaches on Okinawa aren’t all the traditional idea of beaches. There isn’t always a lot of sand, and throughout the spring and early summer some beaches were covered in bright green seaweed. 
May 18, 2012 East China Sea at sunset in Okinawa, Japan.
Most of my beach pictures have something other than just water and sky in them. However, sometimes the ocean shows colors and a calmness where all that is needed in the photo is the ocean meeting up with the sky.
Thank you for reading my post and thank you Annabelle for giving me the opportunity to post on your blog! I had a hard time narrowing down my ocean and beach photos to only 8! I hope you enjoyed them and are inspired to take your camera with you the next time you’re at the beach! 

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