While consistent bright blue skies without a cloud in sight, might sound like the perfect day, it’s ideal conditions for landscape or seascape photography. A little cloud creates interest in the sky and helps make for a better image. After weeks of nothing but blues skies, finally some thin cloud started rolling in. So I didn’t hesitate and grabbed my gear and headed out to Burns Beach to capture a stunning long exposure seascape.
Once I arrived on the beach, I found the conditions were not ideal. The seas were rough and the wind was surprisingly strong. I did all I could to protect the front of the lens from the sea spray being wiped up by the crashing waves and wind gusts. Even though I was prepared with cleaning cloths I just wasn’t able to keep the lens glass clean. Unfortunately when I arrived home and went through the images I had taken, I discovered that everyone of them had water droplet marks on them.
While a little disappointed, I saw the opportunity to take a trip down to Beach Burns again the following day the see if I could capture another seascape image.
When I strived the second day, the immediately noticed the conditions were better then the previous day. The sea was calmer, the wind wasn’t as strong, and there wasn’t nearly as much spray being blown around, this was hopefully going to make things a little easier.
After find a position along the beach, I set up my tripod and pushed the leg into the sand so the tripod wouldn’t move. This created a stable base for my camera. On the 17-35mm lens I mounted a polariser (to cut through the glare coming off the wet rocks and water surface), I also added a 0.6 ND hard graduated filter to reduce the light in the sky. With this set up, I had an f-stop of 13 and a shutter speed of 1/2 second.
I found a simple composition, a small waterfall created by the sea water falling between two rocks. The waves were cycling through in different sizes so I not only needed to watch for the right wave, I was also need to time when I took the shot to ensure the water falling over the rocks had some definitions and there was some water in front of the rocks moving towards the camera.
After a couple of attempts which resulted a too much water with no definition, I reduced the exposure by increasing the shutter speed to 1/4 second.
Check my previous adventures exploring waterfalls at:
Beyonderyup Falls – https://youtu.be/mTl1fb4uTRo
Lesmurdie Falls – https://youtu.be/c7Nw4bZmX6E
Bells Rapids – https://youtu.be/vgZNRimhKFs
Noble Falls – https://youtu.be/UGB1K6Ci0Rw
If you are interested in how I approach post-processing, take a look at the following videos:
Watermans Bay – https://youtu.be/j1xOGVXhPCs
Perth Skyline – https://youtu.be/kBWX89f6I_M
Be inspired with other videos I’ve taken of seascape scenes around Perth:
Burns Beach – https://youtu.be/lDQsSgZAXdA
Burns Beach – https://youtu.be/WmE3PTMhwOU
North Beach – https://youtu.be/cPrQ31R9zfA
Burns Beach – https://youtu.be/rCYTdiNk5bM
Check out another series of videos full of tips and tricks that I recorded on location in Cape Naturalist area:
Sugarloaf Rock – https://youtu.be/NI9yE_qTt6c
Wyadup – https://youtu.be/6TYZ4UUOIt8
Margaret River – https://youtu.be/KkX6K6HFNDE
You can my other photography adventures where I explain my camera settings and filter setup while on locations in Albany:
Whalers Cove – https://youtu.be/WWkLToDjPHg
Little Beach – https://youtu.be/5FioFneBYRs
Stirling Range – https://youtu.be/60LQhC6dmaQ
Salmon Pools – https://youtu.be/3ttViidM77I
Elephant Rocks – https://youtu.be/FiVG-O449Qo
Two Peoples Bay – https://youtu.be/knYOH3n1G_A
Sandpitch Cliffs – https://youtu.be/IbzyVK5WrzA
Read more information about my Landscape Photography at http://www.andrewmarr.com.au
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