This weekend I decided that I'd go in for the detail shots. After a miserable shoot the previous shoot where I just couldn't find a decent shot with my 16-35mm wide, every little element in my shot just seemed so blah or chaotic! This is almost a continuation of my last post from 2/11/19. Today I was looking for the unobvious, the element that I would normally overlook which was this little rock formation next to a very huge rock to the left. I watched it as the constant waves crashed over it & observed the inrtaction of the 2 elements.
Sunday morning the ocean was very angry, & at 6:50, 10 minutes before sunrise the tide was at 0.67 ft a bit more than halfway down to low tide & the surf was still pounding the sandy shoreline. Not even a minute past as I watched the surf breaking onto shore, a big swell rolled in up over my knees! I hadn't even put my tripod down yet & I was wet!
I already had my 100-400mm mounted to my Sony A7RIII with my rain sleeve protecting my gear from any saltwater splashes & spray. As I ran a 3-minute long exposure for this image I kept an eye out on the surf on the other side of the beach. My original plan was to shoot waves this morning but that idea was washed away with the sound of rain as I woke up this morning, among other things that broke my peaceful sleep, but that's for another blog. By the time I drove down to Sandy's the rain had passed, which was a good thing & I was very happy!
So back to shooting waves, the rains had brought in some dark grey clouds over the horizon, so I had given up on any hope of shooting waves. BUT I stuck around until the sun had risen above the dark clouds, there was hope! I changed my location & was ready to shoot waves. For unknown reasons I pushed my shutter speed up to 1/10 of a second & shot hoping for the sun to backlight the waves. I though the sun was too high in the sky & was blowing out the water behind the waves so after about 10 minutes of shooting I packed it up.
After I reviewed my images on the big screen I was pleasently surprised on the effect of the 1/10 shutter speed had on the waves movements & how the bright sun reflecting off the water's surface behind the wave added a wonderful contrast between the front & back of the wave! I learned something new today!!! Stay tuned for my wave images….
Aloha a hui hou my friends!
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