Category Archives: Seascapes

Articles relating to urban and natural seascape photography

Guest Speaker at a Camera Club v3.0

Last year, a good friend of mine, who runs a growing camera club, asked me if I would return for the third occasion as a guest speaker.

I had the honour and privilege of presenting an audio-visual show and talk about light and composition in September of 2017, and in February of 2016, I presented some images and spoke about wildlife photography and our adventures in South Africa and Kenya.

This time, I decided to focus my presentation on seascape photography, which has been one of my major photographic pursuits for over a decade now.

During my time off work over the Christmas and new year period, I re-visited a seascape presentation I had delivered at another camera club in 2010, and revised the content.  I also created a new AV presentation of my favourite and most compelling seascape images, as I had produced my best work after 2010.

My presentation will provide an introduction to this popular form of photography, and will cover topics such as when, where and why to shoot seascapes, considerations such as weather, tides and safety (it can sometimes be a dangerous pursuit); equipment (both photographic and non-photographic), more detail about filters; techniques such as composition, focusing and exposure; and how to capture the image.

There will also be a small show-and-tell, where people can have a look at the equipment I use for my seascape photography.

I was also asked to provide short critiques of the members’ photos produced for the club’s monthly challenge, so I am looking forward to seeing what the members have been shooting, and giving them some good, constructive critique to help them with their journey.

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Precarious Position: First Seascape of 2018

This image of Turimetta Beach was captured during my first seascape session in nearly a year, and this was the first time I have returned to Turimetta since 2012.

Precarious Position

Precarious Position

The conditions were a lot more dangerous than this image would suggest, with a strong south-easterly wind, medium-to-large swell and an incoming tide.

Large waves were crashing near this small part of exposed rock shelf and causing splashes and surges which made standing here dangerous.  I had to be quick about composing and capturing images in between sets of larger waves.

It was good to be near the ocean again, but having been out of the seascaping scene for quite some time, this morning’s shoot had its challenges.

Little Austinmer’s Rinse Cycle

Nearly a month ago, I experienced a great dawn seascape shoot at Little Austinmer, where there is an abundance of interesting water and rock features on the rock shelf.

During the earlier part of the shoot, I shot some long exposures in and around the main gorge.

Here is one of them:

Little Austinmer's Rinse Cycle

Little Austinmer’s Rinse Cycle

Here, I opted for a different style of processing, going for a more muted appearance, as for this image, tonality was more important than colour.

Landscape photographers usually try to emphasise the rich colours revealed by low, soft light; but sometimes playing down the colours produces a more interesting result.  Admittedly, this particular morning was quite moody, but there was some colour in the sky.

I’ve processed a few images in this style, and for the conditions I experienced on that morning, it works well.

The One

A few photography friends of mine, who have shot Little Austinmer before, told me that it can take quite a few attempts to land a cracking good image.

I first ventured to Little Austi just a little over a week before I shot this image, and while I found it a stunning location, the sky was craptacular.

Today, things were different.

The One

The One

Little Austi really needs a moody sky, as well as the right kind of ocean conditions — specifically, an incoming tide and a moderate swell.

Today, all three essential elements were present. Not only that, but an intense red sun peeked over the horizon to add a splash of colour.

On only my second visit, I landed “the one” — the image I had been seeking.

This is it.

I landed quite a few pleasing images this morning, so I am spoilt for choice.

There will be more images to come.

Little Austi Overflow

Little Austinmer, known colloquially as Little Austi, is a location I have had on my list of photoshoot locations for quite a long time.

With my renewed enthusiasm for seascape photography, I headed to Little Austi this morning to capture its pictureseque rock shelf, over which seawater constantly cascades when the conditions of the tide and swell are right.

This is one of the images I captured:

Little Austi Overflow

Little Austi Overflow

I was very impressed with Little Austi.  There are many great spots and compositions to be found along the north end of Little Austinmer Beach.

Today, the conditions in the sky were rather unfavourable, but I came away with a small number of images, including this; and I am very keen to head back there at the next opportunity and land some very pleasing images under a much better sky.

Sunrise at Blackwoods Beach

During the middle of last week, I headed to a spot just south of Blackwoods Beach in Cronulla, and shot this image under a rich yet moody sky, as the sun rose to signal the start of a very hot summer day:

Sunrise at Blackwoods Beach

Sunrise at Blackwoods Beach

I’ve shot along this stretch of Cronulla‘s coastline a few times, but not in this particular spot.

I am pleased to say that the ‘bug’ I once had for seascape photography has returned after being dormant for too long, and I am very keen to get out again.

Very early tomorrow, I am heading to a location I have never photographed before, and one with some interesting and visually appealing features.  The conditions in both the sky and sea look quite favourable, and this particular location has been on my list for quite a long time.

Hopefully the conditions are indeed spectacular.

 

I’m Back, Shooting Seascapes

I’m back, shooting seascapes again.

This image was captured early in my second seascape session of 2016, and my third dawn outing in less than a week.

The predicted cloud cover for this morning looked quite favourable, so I headed to south Cronulla, and found this appealing rock shelf just south of Blackwoods Beach.

Blackwoods Point

Blackwoods Point

While there was not a huge amount of colour in the sky, the cloud cover was very good, and quite moody, which made shooting very easy due to the lack of dynamic range in the scene.

During a low but rising tide, I waited for larger sets of waves to crash into the rocks and over onto the shelf on which I was standing.