Anyone who regularly reads my blog will know that I love to walk in the countryside with the grass under my feet and greenery all around, or in the mountains or coast where there are rocks, ruggedness and remoteness. There are times though when I love to walk the more ‘cultivated’ parts of our coast, the seaside, where there are characters and much to occupy my camera.
This is just a selection of alternative seaside shots and these are my attempt to capture something of a different view.
Most of these shots have been taken with the same lens, a very old Tamron SP 500mm Cat Lens. This manual focus, fixed aperture lens has the effect of separating the subject from the background because of its shallow depth of field and also throws some ‘marmite’ doughnut shaped highlights – ‘marmite’ because you either love them or hate them :)!
A simple shot of a row of beach huts.
I called this ‘Gormley’ because this paddler just reminded me of the Gormley statues that were placed at the seaside.
An action shot grabbed just as the stone was about to fly.
I felt this shot needed a romantic feel so processed it appropriately.
A different view, using the fence as an unusual frame.
Another action shot although the action didn’t last long as the surfer ended up in the water shortly after.
A beach wedding.
Just a watcher watching waves.
I tried a different approach by focussing on the bench and also by using some different processing.
What caught my eye with this one was the lovely rust colour of the groyne top.
I would have normally got the kite in as well but it was way too high so I just focussed on the surfer silhouetted against the sea.
An abstract shot that illustrates well the doughnut shaped highlights. I was trying to create a very summer sunshine feel with this.
Two young runners take a break whilst people walk by on the promenade.
A young bather watches the waves. I felt this had an air of threat about it with the young girl picked out by the late afternoon sun against the darkness of the waves.
A tall ship rounds Old Harry Rocks having just left Poole Harbour.
A young cyclist gets a helping hand as they cycle into a stiff wind.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this little trip to the beach.
Until next time,
Your friend The Dorset Rambler
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I really enjoyed this post and your explanation of the different photographic effects that you used. I find it very helpful for me as a beginner photographer to see new ways to portray the subject of the photo. I really got the feel of summertime at the beach.Thank you.
Thanks Linda 🙂