Category Archives: Oceans and Seas

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.

Beach at Kessingland, Suffolk, England, UK

Beach at Kessingland, Suffolk, England, UK

I love the sound of the sea as the waves filter through the shingle, and that hypnotic sound of the waves. That is what I felt as I sat on the shingle and stared out to sea.

And the patterns, shapes and movement beg to be photographed too!

I darkened the image and cooled it down quite drastically and added a vignette. I hope it isn’t over the top, but I just loved the mood that it created.