Web-3757Recently I’ve been thinking more about shapes and details.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a grand vista, a landmark, but I don’t always have the time to seek them out and wait for the light. I’ve found looking for smaller patterns, textures within a larger landscape is one way round this. It’s not as dependent on the quality of light or time of day, in fact sometimes flat, diffuse light makes for better results.

So at the weekend I took the camera down to the beach in search of details. I’ve just discovered Adobe Spark (a presentation/video app which is free with my Creative Cloud package) so instead of a scroll of images, I thought I’d use it to put them together. This short video was the result:


The tide was at its highest point, so there was no chance of getting down on to the beach.

Instead, I started photographing the waves from above as they swept in and hit the sea wall below the promenade.

Using a telephoto lens and a neutral density filter, I used slow exposures (just under a second long) to reveal the different textures in the water without blurring them completely.


I don’t know whether this will turn into a series, or become part of a larger project, but I’m interested in continuing to look for the smaller things.

We’ll see.

What do you think?

Equipment used: Canon EOS 7D; EF f/4 70-200mm USM; Hi-Tech-Formatt Pro Stop 6 ND Filter; LEE filter holder.


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