Excited this month to have entered the Wateraid Photo Competition being run with JPMorgan for their UK employees – the theme is “Water on the Lens”.
I wanted to make an effort to get something taken specifically for the competition, rather than just pull an old favourite out (although it was going to be a worthy plan B if required!). I managed to get out for a few hours in the afternoon, tried one location (Throop Mill) which was clearly not going to offer anything up that day, and finally settled on a risky trip to Sandbanks (given how little time I had to get there).
Well, I’m very glad I went there. I got several shots I was very happy with, but this is the one that I originally ended up settling on to submit for the photo competition – got a two month wait to find out how I did!
I had two approaches to the image I was looking for – first was to freeze the water, as it was a pretty lively sea. Then as the sun continued to go down, I was able to stretch the shutter speed out to a second at times – this would allow me to get some movement, without losing the shape and definition of the water.
The final shot was from the latter set of photos. I was taking shots with the intent of having the edge of the wave touch a corner of the image, but every now and then the water would push right in over my wellies! This shot was one of these times, and I was really happy with that effect as the whole beach receded, combined with the well defined steps of waves coming in behind it.
The eagle eyed who are familiar with Sandbanks will notice that I did a horizontal flip of the image. This was because I felt that the receding water has a stronger lead in line element when starting on the left. In addition, I did some post to reduce the brightness of the penisula in the background and the sky. I also very added some clarity, which has helped with the strength of the receding water lines.
Before I moved along the beach to take the photo above, I took some photo’s on the beach near where I parked. The lighting was great, as the sun was only 35 – 40 mins before sunset, and lighting from the side. I wanted to show the rugged nature of the rocks and sand, and the stormy seas. I was really pleased with the outcome, which required very little post processing.
3 hours out, including travel …. certainly one of my more productive shoots :o)))