Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer

Summer is officially here. Schools are out in most places, and the beach is on many people's wish list for a summer getaway. If you are planning to go the beach this summer, here are some photo tips (in addition to bringing plenty of sunscreen plus a mindset to just relax and chill out):

1. Plan to shoot either early or late in the day. On clear days, once the sun is over the horizon, the light gets harsh very quickly. The shadows will be quite dark, and the contrast level can be extreme.
2. Look for vegetation or dunes than can be incorporated into the composition.
3. Consider doing mostly horizontal compositions. The ocean is a sweeping landscape, and verticals rarely do justice to the scene.
4. On east coast beaches, late afternoon / evening light is better than morning light. The reverse is true on the west coast.
5. If you have a multi-stop neutral density filter (7 to 10 stops or so), use it to take images of moving water. This sort of filter will allow you to take long exposures, often even in the middle of the day. Exposures of  15 or 30 seconds or longer can make for some creative shots. Experiment and see what works best for you.
6. Looks for shells, seaweed, and other beach objects than can create a still life. Try not to move what you find, but rather search for an angle or a composition that works with what you found, just how it is.

So grab your sunglasses and a beach blanket and have a blast this summer!

Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.  Aperture f/11.  ISO 200.  Lens: Canon 17-40mm f/4L set at 25mm.  Camera: Canon 7D Mark II.  Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Every time we walk along a beach, some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers....  -Loren Eiseley

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