It’s funny that I spend more time on the beach in the winter than I do in the summer. There are more photographic opportunities, fewer people, better light and more dramatic conditions at this time of year.
One of my favourite sea shots is the cover photo on my home page. That and another in my monochrome gallery, the one with the man on the rocks in the distance, were both taken from the end of the pier last winter.
The light, the tide and the sea state and the wind direction are different every time I walk to the end of there and so I have dozens of photos from this vantage point taken at high tide and low tide during springs and neaps, in rough and calm in the morning and evening.
Sometimes the waves are breaking over this vantage point and it makes a good subject too. Again, there are photos in my galleries to illustrate this.
I do try to get to other beaches and areas to shoot too, but being really familiar with a spot helps me to learn what will look good and what won’t.
Shooting photos of the sea brings it’s own set of challenges which I discovered when I was very young. Long, empty stretches of sand are not exciting and the bright light can easily lead to under exposure. I know it is counter intuitive but, just like shooting in the snow, , wind the exposure up a stop when shooting the sea or bright sand.
Looking for a focal point in the scene is really important. Without the fisherman I would not have taken this shot.
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