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.
This Easter long weekend has presented both the opportunity and desire to do something I have not done for a while: seascape photography.
The last time I shot a dawn or duskseascape image was last October. I was not happy with my images from that morning, and never published anything from that shoot. I might re-visit the images again this weekend and see if anything does appeal after all this time.
Life has been incredibly busy over the past year with travel and other commitments, and when I do have days free (not often), all I want to do is rest rather than wake up at 3am and head out for a dawn shoot.
However, on Monday, I am heading into the pre-dawn darkness with Danielle, a friend of mine I met through photography, for what will be my first seascape shoot of 2013. The place we are going is not one I have visited before, but she has been there, and from what I have seen, the place looks promising.
In the mean time, here is a ‘new old’ image from Turimetta during a dusk last winter:
My lack of activity can be attributed to a combination of a lack of time and a lack of motivation. For me, photography, and seascape photography in particular, is just one of a number of things which needs to be balanced.
As time progressed, it sat in the archives, out of sight and out of mind.
Here is the result of today’s efforts:
While I have not shot much in the way of seascapes, I will soon enough find my way ocean-side, and later in the year, I am looking forward to Turimetta‘s magical month of moss, during which time intensely rich green weed can be seen on the exposed rocks, right here on the rocks in this image, and on the entire shelf and submerged boulders surrounding the Turimetta gorge.
The first image above was taken shortly after arrival, and in the pre-dawn darkness, the moving water is abstracted to the point where its movement is almost invisible. A sense of calm is evoked as the clump of seaweed sits stranded on the sand bank.
Nearly an hour later, I shot this image:
The above image is very different to the first, in that the distant brooding sky, turmoil in the water and calm, warm tones of the rocks provide contrast within the image itself, and also contrast with the earlier image.
This goes to show that it is possible, in the same shoot at the same general location, to achieve varying images with a distinctly different look and feel.
After some recent strong urges to return to seascaping, I jumped back in (figuratively and literally) this morning.
At 4:45am, I met Tony at Turimetta (a veritable ‘Mecca’ for seascape photographers) on Sydney‘s Northern Beaches, and we headed down to the famous Turimetta gorge on the southern end of the beach. My original intention was to shoot the northern end, which I hve only shot once; however, there was plenty happening at the southern end.
There was some patchy rain and some thick layers of cloud, which I could tell would make for some dramatic seascaping that would be easy on exposure.
After a few early compositions in and near the gorge, I found something further out on the rock shelf which grabbed my attention.
Here is the result:
It was a fantastic feeling to be out on the rock shelf, splashing around in water and having fresh, cool ocean water surround me and my tripod as the waves and swell came crashing in under a tempestuous sky.
I am pleased that my first seascape of 2012 was greeted with very favourable conditions, and I am looking forward to my next shoot at a more exciting location on Saturday.
In the coming days I will have some fresh images from this morning‘s rewarding shoot.
Unfortunately my wish for a good sky this morning yet again did not come true; the sky was plain and very bright.
I did not shoot much at all, and gave up out of frustration, packing up my camera quite a while before the others were done. I have had a frustrating few days.
The conditions were wrong in every way; the sky sucked, it was blowing a gale, the tide was too high and much of the famous Turimetta gorge was filled with sand, covering the great rocks for which this location is well-known.
However, during the pre-dawn light I did land one gem thanks to some light painting I did with my trusty Maglite 6D torch. Here it is:
Thankfully my companions got to experience some dawnseascaping, and for some, a fairly new form of photography. On parting they expressed to me their thanks and enjoyment of the morning.
All was not lost, and hopefully they are keen to explore this subject more.