There is something special about the ocean at full flow, especially during the golden hours of the day. The wave covered the foreground rock just the way I was hoping it would and the low setting sun gave a lovely glow to the water.
I love shooting seascapes - it my favourite Winter activity here in Perth. To get the right shot, one has to be patient and prepared. Shooting mostly at sunset on the west coast of Australia, I study the weather throughout the day to prepare for what the evening may offer. For me it is always down to these factors before even beginning to shoot: time of the day, cloud cover, rock formations and the right kind of wave to come along.
Once I have considered these aspects and have a firm idea in my mind, I move onto composition, shutter speed, filters and in camera techniques to prepare for the shot that I have envisioned. Sometimes that will change as the evening progresses and I am always on a look out for other possibilities.
While I love long exposures and the silky look of the water, I also love the dynamic feeling that the ocean can provide. This is a harder one to photograph I think. So many times I have been waiting for the right wave to come along and the water just would not cooperate. The waves would be too small or not in the right direction and there have also been numerous times when I got soaked by a sneaky incoming wave as I tried to get very close to the action.
This is all part of the process though and I often think that if you do not get wet shooting seascapes, your are just not doing it right ;-)
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