Sometimes, I see the beach wet sand surface as a huge canvas – primed and stretched – ready to be painted upon. All I have to do is to hang around the water edge and wait for Mother Nature to finish one of her paintings, then take a few snap shots. In this shot, as the retreating tide met the incoming surf, I saw the top paint layers being rolled back, revealing the canvas underneath.
I stacked my Lee hard edge graduated neutral density filters (3 stops + 2 stops) to get this shot. In the age of digital blending and HDR, I still prefer to work with GND filters.
One of my Flickr contacts mentioned that he tried to shoot surfs movements similar to my shots, and his camera got soaked. I’m sorry to hear. If you do want to try shooting these, please try keep your camera and lens dry. Here are what I usually do to:
It sounds challenging, but it’s not that hard to get the timing down after a few tries. I usually don’t have to venture out too far to get my shots.
Good luck, take it slowly, and have fun.
EXIF & Info
- Canon EOS 5D
- Canon EF 17-40mm F4L USM
- Lee 0.9 + 0.6 hard-edge GND
- Gitzo GT3530S 6x + RRS BH-55 LR ballhead
- [F22] [3/10s] [17mm] [ISO 50]
- Exposure Mode:
- Date Taken:
- February 25, 2008
- February 26, 2008 at 11:33 pm