Vacationing at Virginia Beach

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We headed to Virginia Beach after Almes Giving on Sunday morning at Wat Lao Buddhavong.  This time I made a reservation ahead of time, and it was a 3 hour drive from the temple.  I’m not a huge fan of crowded beach since I grew up going to Brighten Beach in Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Virginia Beach is not too bad as long as it’s not on a National holiday. My sister and I got up early every morning to walk.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/16, 1/250sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

A view from the pier.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

We went to the pier the morning of July 4th, it’s $2 per person to get in.  As you get closer to the fishermen area, it smelled fishy. This was taken at 7:16 am.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

This is how I like to live my life, living at the beach is so calm and peaceful.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

You know the saying, the early bird catches the worm, and in this case the fish.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/4000sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias +0.3step, focal length 149mm, evaluative metering

By 8:30 am Lee was ready to test the water.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/8, 1/1000sec, ISO 400, exposure bias +0.3step, focal length 94mm, evaluative metering

My GI Joe sister surfed with her.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/8, 1/1600sec, ISO 400, exposure bias 0step, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

By the afternoon the beach was crowded.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/16, 1/125sec, ISO 100, focal length 32mm, evaluative metering

Bo caught a hermit crab and let it go since it would be much happier in the ocean.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

The birds were eyeballing it the whole time he was holding it.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, exposure bias 0step, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Below was the fireworks boat that was scheduled for July 4th fireworks display.  We had a severe thunderstorm swept through the area, and it was cancelled. They had fireworks at a nearby town the following night, but it was too far for us to hear anything.  We saw the fireworks display while walking on the boardwalk but I didn’t bright my camera with me. And by the time I got back to our room it was the finally and way too far to capture anything.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 400, focal length 87mm, evaluative metering

The morning of July 5th we saw dolphins.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/320sec, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

It’s amazing to see them this close and they were out there for about 2-3 hours.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/5.6, 1/1600sec, ISO 100, exposure bias +0.3step, focal length 200mm, cropped, evaluative metering

A much calmer beach after the 4th, and the weather was real nice.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/800sec, ISO 100, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

These panning shots  were taken from the 5th floor of our hotel room.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/30sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/30sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Seriously, text while cycling?

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/30sec, ISO 400, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

My dad stayed at the next room.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/20sec, ISO 400, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

I heard that they revamped Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and it’s as nice as Virginia Beach now.  They also have a boardwalk now, and we might have to visit on our long weekend.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/100sec, ISO 400, focal length 75mm, evaluative metering

12 thoughts on “Vacationing at Virginia Beach

  1. I know early morning on the bech is always nice since not too many people are up that early. But since I’m not morning person I would have to accept the crowded beach. Nice shot of the bird I’m going to have to try that let see if it’s in focus.

    • Hi salalao, the bird shots I set it to auto focus. If I had a 300 or 400mm telephoto zoom lens this would have been much more detail. We normally get up at 5:30am and down at the beach by 6:00am for our morning walk. The lighting is perfect during the golden hour. 🙂

  2. Wow!!! I can’t believe so many people already out on the beach that early in the morning. I do not like the crowded beach at all. When I’m on vacation, I like to sleep in to about 10 or 10:30am :-). East coast beaches are so much different than the west coast.

    • seeharhed, life at the beach is expensive and we try to spend as much time as possible outdoor. I think every beach is different, this one they maintain it well. They have a crew with trucks and tractors out there early morning cleaning the beach. They have more outdoor free concerts also, which I didn’t get to see on the 4th because of the storm. I think most of us in the East coast live so far from the beach that we take advantage of it more when we are there. The nearest beach to us is a 5 hour drive, can’t really make a day’s trip.

    • Hi Jeffrey, I like both and when it comes to vacationing I prefer the beach over the mountain. The Korean beach is super crowded, I wouldn’t like it at all.

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  4. There is something calm and peaceful about being at the beach. It’s a good idea you got up early to soak it all in (before the crowds).

    I love dolphins… it’s so neat to see them in the ocean. That hermit crab is very cute, I’ve never found one at the beach before. These photos make me want to visit the ocean… Monterey Bay sounds nice right about now.

    • Cambree, it’s a long drive for us, I envious those that live near the ocean. Walking at the beach too early by yourself can be dangerous these days, there were many beach bumps or homeless that I saw this year. That’s one good thing about staying at a oceanfront hotel or house, you can shoot images from your balcony or porch.

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