Category Archives: Oceans and Seas

ff St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, England, UK

Another photograph taken about a while ago one summer, I suppose another ‘rediscovered’ photo that needed post-processing.

With this composition I wanted a higher tide as I wanted something to resemble those National Trust photographs, with the long exposure dawn shots with a blue/purple warmly lit sea gently lapping against the cobblestone causeway that leads to the ‘Mount’ in the distance.

My own photography has moved on since then, and I am no longer (so much) in awe of those classic shots. I just turn up and photograph what I see….And so, over time, these less glamorous shots with a harsh rocky foreground rather than a smooth long exposure sea foreground, are back in my good books!

It’s not that I didn’t like this photo, because I did. I have never thought any ill of it! But it didn’t have the same serene feel of those long exposure classics. In fact, I have been back a few times and never seen those classic conditions for that classic photo.

Not that I ever made the effort to wait for those ‘perfect’ conditions, so I can’t complain!

Dawn coastline

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Swanage Bay, Dorset, England, UK Dorset coastline at dawn, England, UK

A beautiful dawn scene along the Dorset coastline. It’s always a pleasant mystery as to what nature will provide in a scene like this. One of the great things about photography is that it gives you the perfect excuse to just sit and watch!

The colours change constantly as the clouds move in the wind and change shape. The temparature changes too as the sun rises, and nothing stays the same for very long.

I love the interaction here between the clouds and the light, the beautiful subtle colours of the dawn light. Nothing spectacular, and that is what is so pleasant…

I love the silence too…not even an early morning dog walker, just the gentle lapping of the sea against the shoreline…

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

I took this photo whilst wandering around aimlessly around the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England.

I liked the symmetry of the yachts as they sailed by. There was a constant stream of boats, sometimes filling the bottom half of this composition with those little white and red triangles from the sails.

I loved the cloud formation in the sky too. Splitting the frame in half allowed the patterns made by the soft clouds to sit nicely against the patterns made by the ripples in the sea’s surface.

Back in photoshop I applied a subtle-ish HDR effect using Nik Software. And using their ‘structure’ facility I was able to bring out the subtle details of the ripples in the sea. All of that enhanced those lovely textures in both the sea and sky.