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I love sleepy beach towns in the off season.
Last weekend the hubbie & I took a spontaneous drive up to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. While most of this sleepy little beach town was shuttered for the winter, a few brave establishments remained open for business.
We walked the historic main street, browsed the hilariously irreverent shop Like a Sailor, and grabbed a bite to eat at Kelly’s Gingernut Pub. (The fish & chips were quite good and the hot coffee really hit the spot on that chilly afternoon).
Abandoned for good or fixer-upper?
On our way out of town we stopped at an abandoned beach cottage that caught my eye. While most of the houses on this road were quite charming and in decent repair, this one, in an advanced state of decay, captured my attention. The cheerful turquoise paint is juxtaposed against the sagging patio cover and boarded up windows. It recalls countless happy summers and makes me wonder if it has been left for good or if someone might take it on as a serious fixer-upper.
I shot the photo above (a 5-exposure HDR) with my tripod mounted Canon 6D and 16-35mm lens. I tone-mapped the photo in Aurora HDR 2017 and did my stylistic edits in Lightroom, On1 Photo RAW, and Photoshop.
It felt good to get out and explore and take a few pictures – something I haven’t done much of in 2017. Cape Charles has much to offer by way of photographic inspiration I’m I’m already looking forward to my next visit!
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