A Sunday Afternoon

Scarborough Beach, ME

A friend and I took to the beaches of Cape Elizabeth so I could put my new Tamron 150-600mm lens through its paces, shooting both stills and video. We first went to Ferry Beach where I recently photographed wind surfers. The only problem was, there was virtually no water! Apparently, the area is shallow so at low tide there’s nothing but sandbars. Good to know for future reference.

We passed Scarborough State Park on the way down to Ferry Beach where we saw several parked vehicles near the park’s entrance. Unlike other state park beaches this one’s parking is closed during winter. However, people can park alongside the road near the entrance. On our return from Ferry we parked there and lo and behold three people were donning wet suits! I grabbed my camera gear and we walked down to the beach. Eventually, we saw five surfers in the water (and great light).

When I finished shooting I packed up the camera gear and we drove to Higgins Beach (the most popular surfing beach in the area) where there were surfers galore. However, it was getting late so we headed back to Portland where we got something to eat.

Surfing is one of those sports that’s easy on the environment and the Zen-like experience is good for a surfer’s mind and body. And with modern wet suit technology it’s a year-round sport. If you’re a surfer I’d be happy to hear about your experiences surfing.

You can find more of my stills and dramatic video at my on-line gallery.

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