Not one of my most recent photos. To be honest I haven't shot any seascapes in months. I miss it so much!! Anyway, Choas on the Mid North Coast, NSW Australia, as an afternoon storm hits the beautiful Hungry Head, Urunga.
The waves were pounding the shoreline, so heavy and in huge sets. You can't even seen the distant horizon in this one, the spray from the waves quickly evaporating into humid summer air.
A place ive been to many times but never with any success...
Staple Tor is incredibly accessible and one of the most photogenic tors geologically so getting it to yourself can be difficult...
Pretty much everything fitted into place for this shot, there had been thick cloud all day that seemed to break readily in the high wind so the chance of some good cloud at sunset and a gap in the clouds was promising. I headed to the western side of the moor watching the weather as i drove. After looking at a few different locations i decided that the rocks at Staple tor would frame the setting sun best.. The contrast of the light was difficult to balance i used a .9 soft grad and also bracketed shots to blend later.
Shot on the western side of dartmoor at Staple Tor
Blessed with that gap in the cloud at sunset that draws this wonderful contrast and life to the landscape. this is shot looking down the valley from corn du the town of Brecon is just out of frame to the right. I was woken at four by the sound of bass emanating from this valley...the welsh like their free parties! i love the constable-esque (if that makes sense) feel to this shot, i've always thought that this is the type of light that constable had in mind when he painted many of his landscapes. The Brecon Beacons Wales.
Very unusual for me to make what I consider to be a successful image around midday. Usually on a sunny day the light is too harsh. I guess in this case the haze and thin cloud managed to soften the light sufficiently that detail was retained in the shadows.
Sunrise on Suilven with Meall Meadonach on the right. It was a moderately clear morning but the haze softened the light from the rising sun. *Orca76 has a particularly good (and different) shot taken around the same time [link]
I have just returned from a trip to Assynt and Coigach with *Orca76
The greatest part of the trip was a summit wild camp on one of Scotlands finisest mountains, Suilven. The hike is not for the feint hearted. A 6 mile hike followed by a climb to 731m might not sound that hard, but try taking camping and photography gear to the summit and it's a slightly different ball game. I basically had to force Jake up the mountain, but he made it in the end!
The night was very rough indeed, we were in a totally exposed location, literally on the summit and overnight the wind changed from a 10mph easterly to a 30 gusting 50 southerly. My tent got absolutely hammered, but stood up well in the end. I certainly spent the coldest 5 minutes of my life resetting the guy lines at 12.30. It was soooooo cold!
This was taken around 4.45 am on the back of 3 hours of sleep! This is Meall Meadonach, the south eastern peak of Suilven.
The Bettys Bay wetlands under amazing autumn light. This sunset was last year in April, but with recent improvement in my processing skills I went through some of my favorite images from 2009 again and reprocessed some.
Bettys Bay, South Africa
5D II, 16-35mm II, 3 exposures
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More from Jupiter, FL. The waves hitting the rocks made for all sorts of interesting displays of splashes. Getting the timing/light to coincide was a bit tricky...that and the wind blowing sea spray at me the whole time. This one seemed to pull it mostly together
There are some places that are difficult to do justice too. Polihale is one of them. This HUGE beach is the largest in Hawaii and at the westernmost part of Kauai. Massive sea cliffs which end (or start depending on travel direction) the Na Pali coast dwarf all that camp there. Polihale translates to House of Po, as the spirits would jump off the cliffs into the Hawaiian afterworld, Po.
While photographing under the setting moon I noticed one of the frames in my camera had the milky way in it...then looked up and realized the setting moon was low enough to reveal the stars above!
I ran down to the ocean's edge where I had photographed this type of shot at sunset and started clicking away.
This is 8 vertical images, 30s each with a file size of 70" and 1gb! The moon was almost full and about in inch (2.7cm if converting ) and gave enough light to illuminate the landscape while still allowing the milky way to shine through.
I have had a very hard time coming up with a title for this and It is an ode to the mythology of the place Still not completely sold on it...but we'll see what you all think!
It's always good to have spots in one's mind that we can run to close by for sunrise and sunsets. I am extraordinarily lucky that this is that close to my house. Some friends asked me to head down here for sunset about 20 min before the sun was to depart so hurrying to the trail and mostly running/sliding down it, got down to the bottom and was greeted by this scene.
From a technical standpoint these shots are always tricky. Camera's are not good at capturing the range of light in scenes like this. The main exposure is taken with a 3stop Reverse GND to control the light but that leaves us with an ugly dark line across the landscape in this case so I took 2 other exposures to be able to blend it away. Then the normal dodge/burn.
Oh yea...then the sunset went cotton candy nuclear. More soon!
This is another shot from my Iceland trip, the weather has been pretty bad around here for a while now so I haven’t been able to get out to shoot and new stuff .. hopefully soon .. thanks a lot for looking and your comments.