I had a very productive photography trip to California in 2018 where one evening on the beach yielded three amazing photos. I posted two of these in the past – Sunset and Twilight – and now here’s the third: Waves. This photo was shot roughly 23 minutes later than Sunset and about 12 minutes earlier than Twilight. The light had not quite dimmed as much as it had for the later photo, so I was able to capture the waves in motion rather than as a long-exposure blur.
People looking at Twilight and Waves may realize the driftwood log is exactly the same in both photos. This was a case of me reusing the same subject to highlight the surroundings at slightly different moments. I try not to do this too often just because it can be a bit repetitive, but in this case I love both of these photos a great deal. While both are similar, Waves calls to mind the motion of the sea while Twilight shows a quieter moment and reflects on the somber end to a day. Together with Sunset, they tell a story about a location transiting through a brief moment in time.