PhotoToasty-Scapes

The first shot was taken back in September 2011. The conditions weren’t good, the wind was blowing hard and I had already given up trying to shoot out to sea into the setting sun as it was impossible to prevent the wind from buffeting my tripod, making it difficult to capture a sharp image. As I walked back down the beach the sun illuminated this fishing boat with the most wonderful, golden light so I wasted no time setting up and using my body to shield the tripod from the wind to capture this image. The strong lead-in-lines provided by the sand ripples, combined with the soft, golden light make a lovely photo.

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Ste Marie

The second shot was taken in late October from the slipway at the northern end of Ladies Bay. The day had been cloudy and wet, but while driving home I had noticed that a clear slot was developing to the west. Anticipating that the setting sun would reveal itself, I rushed home to pick up the camera gear and head up to this location. For once the plan worked out!

Last Light at Ladies Bay

After taking the above shot at Ladies Bay, I moved round to Pembroke Bay. The sun had set and light levels were falling rapidly so I decided to capture this very long exposure shot. The exposure of about 6 minutes has helped to create a pleasingly surreal image, with smooth clouds and sea making the distant headland and foreground rocks pop out of the frame.


Smooth - Pembroke/L'Ancresse Bay


This next shot was taken at Grandes Rocques beach at sunset on 6 November. At this time of year the sun is setting (and rising) further to the South every day so the seascape photographers of Guernsey will soon be heading for the South coast cliffs and bays! The day had been extremely fair for the time of year and there was a very promising amount of cloud in the sky; I had hoped that the setting sun would illuminate the undersides of the clouds but it wasn’t to be. The tide was falling which is always good because the rocks are still wet, helping to reflect light and enhance the wonderful colours and textures of the granite. I often choose to shoot landscapes in “portrait” format because I like to capture some close foreground detail.

Grandes Rocques - November Sunset

The next set of four shots were taken at Petit Port bay on the South coast on a beautifully warm day in late November. This wide, sandy bay is reached by descending 295 steep, steps from the cliff top path and therefore isn’t a popular destination for many: I had the whole beach to myself for the afternoon. The tide was falling, revealing pristine, moist sand - no foot prints to spoil the shots! I love the textures and fractal pattens left in the sand.


Petit Port Rock - B&WPetit Port Rock
Sometimes it’s not easy to decide what works best…. B&W or Colour?

Violet SilkSand Ripples

The next three shots were taken at Moulin Huet bay. I usually go out alone on my landscape shoots, however, on this occasion I met up with Mike Brehaut of Creative Photography to combine a useful landscape shoot with a bit of “photog banter”! Upon arrival the tide was low enough to get over to the main part of the beach, however, it was coming in quickly! In the first two shots waves were crashing in and then washing back down the beach. It was still quite light so I attached my 3 stop ND filter combined with a 3 stop ND graduated (soft) filter which allowed me to choose a shutter speed of about 1.5-2 seconds, which proved to be perfect to capture the water rushing away, giving a great sense of movement. The third shot is a long exposure shot in which the sea has taken on a misty, surreal look.



Moulin Huet - Backwash

Moulin Huet - Backwash IIMoulin Huet

This next shot is a bit different. The wind was blowing strongly from the west and I wanted to capture the movement of the clouds, so again I attached the ND filter to reduce the light entering my camera and took this 30 second exposure. The hard lines of the Corbiere, German WWII fortification are in stark contrast to the blurred clouds. This shot also works well due to the lead-in line of the chain-link fence and the direction of the cloud movement that draw the eye into the scene.


Corbiere

Last, but not least is another beach shot. This time La Jaonnet bay. My eye was drawn to these three stones, which make the composition work so well… IMHO :-)


La Jaonnet