BEACH Greeting Cards

Since taking these photographs, I’ve been thinking about printing them on card stock for greeting cards. Living at the beach, it can be a challenge to have beach inspired (or even themed) products to sell that are not super literal: sea shells, umbrellas, flip flops, surf boards, sand castles, etc. When I came across this old wood, it felt beachy to me and the color blocking was already in place.

What do you think? Would you purchase a box set of blank greeting cards with 2 per image?

Beach Blocks © 2013 NATE METZ

Towers Beach

A great local spot for sunsets is Towers Beach in Rehoboth. The parking lot opens up on a small strip of beach on the Rehoboth Bay that offers a large enough expanse that the sun almost sets over water. So many of my great sunset photographs were captured while living in Brooklyn in an apartment building that compensated for the cityscape and I could capture the setting sun on the horizon and not get blocked by many buildings. The flatness of sea level also really helps on the eastern shore! I’m glad to have found somewhere unobstructed that I can watch a good hour of changing light in the skies. It sure beats any hour of evening television.

© 2013 NATE METZ

Damn Good Advice: FIFTEEN

There is something honorable and humble about recognizing the origin of creativity as separate from the ego and conscious thoughts. I am surprised that Lois was able to draw this conclusion after so subtly establishing his own expertise in advertising. Most creative geniuses are masters of craft and worship their own greatness. The Great Idea does indeed exist independently of our 3D world and we are able to tap into the creative realms, channel the ideas, use our minds and hands to mold them into tangibles, and make art. It is quite mythical, yes, Lois, and magical I’d even say.

I also support the notion that creative people are more in touch with reality and are able to generate dialogues about any given subject. We are also more in tune with ourselves– our minds, hearts, and souls. We are a step ahead, prompting you to discuss and ponder. Great artists have a voice to guide a viewer through our work. Our function ahead of the curve is merely that, to show a way through and by. Art must be viewed. It is a spiritual experience to view art because it connects people, ideas, places, and more art to become something meta and great.

Creative Channel © 2013 NATE METZ
Creative Channel © 2013 NATE METZ

I am blessed and grateful for how I see and capture the world in photographs. I capture beauty in both pedestrian and worldly abstract botanicals and street life. It is with a great spirit of discovery that I share my camera lens with all of you. I spoke of it during my gallery talk at the Summer Streets opening reception. It is very rewarding to go on a walkabout with my camera, see beauty everywhere I go, and capture the fleeting moments of changing light and reflections. It is spiritually nourishing to know whatever I do capture will make beautiful photographs unexpected and enchanting.

My abstract and minimalist work is often retorted with the low blow that “I could do that…” But, you don’t and you haven’t. That’s the intrinsic value in my work. It’s what you pay for: the guide, the artist, a channel and medium to creativity that shows you the beautiful things that you don’t stop to ponder and enjoy. I show you just how much beauty surrounds us that you were previously too busy to enjoy. So pick up a copy of my book, browse my galleries, like me on Facebook and continue to immerse yourself in my findings. I love to show you what I see, how I see it, when I see it, begging you to ask why you see it. My creative abilities are a gift for us all and part of the spiritual chain that links us together in this blessed life.

The Network © 2013 NATE METZ
Creative Channel © 2013 NATE METZ

#179: Centered

My last challenge entry was in September. Our category was Centered Composition. Per usual, I went one step further with my entry to include a subtext of having a centered mind by stacking rocks along their center of gravity, a zen meditation practice.

Center of Gravity © 2013 NATE METZ
Center of Gravity © 2013 NATE METZ

rank: 7th
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On the same day, I shot a second contender. I opted for the above shot because of the multiple interpretations of the challenge theme. I still really like the minimalist approach to the second shot here that also has some of my favorite elements of macro and texture.

Center © 2013 NATE METZ
Center © 2013 NATE METZ

Quiet Gordon

It’s quiet in the morning on the Atlantic Ocean, the ocean with barely a wave. The stillness is reflected in the beached jelly fish and the resting algae on the jetty rocks. I arise in the stillness of today like the silence of the womb of quiet reflection. Today is a beautiful day, as is every day at the beach.

Quiet Reflection © 2013 NATE METZ


Living so close to the ocean, I often end up on the beach unexpectedly. I posted about it about a month ago. This time I was on a different beach as you can tell by the topography and type of sand. I wasn’t able to capture the true impact of the storm that was blowing in without my gear (again), so I focused in on the beach:

Stormy Sands © 2012 NATE METZ


I unexpectedly ended up on the cape at sunset and captured these serene moments. Further down on the beach a young violinist was playing out on a sand bar. It was one of those magic moments that sent my inspiration into overdrive!

Beauty All Around © 2012 NATE METZ

Taking Refuge

I went out today to scout and brainstorm some ideas for a photo competition. Next time I’ll have all my gear for some sharper work and not quick snaps. These are just a teaser:

Taking Refuge © 2012 NATE METZ