I have always been attracted to water and seascape photography. Besides taking nature photos, I enjoy the sand and rocks on a beach, smelling the sea, hearing the sound of rippling streams, admiring a wide range of colors on the sky and feeling the breeze. That’s why my favorite location to shoot is the coast due to its variety and beauty.
One of the most important ingredients of a seascape or waterscape is the special sense of atmosphere the coast offers. It’s always been a place that people have turned to for tranquility, featuring a great mix of weather conditions that allows the chance to make incredible images. The sea, much like the cosmos, represents a mystery as most of us have little knowledge of what goes on beneath the surface. The seashore is a scene of great drama and moods, calm or rough, the skies overhead dark and moody or sunny and filled with radiant light. The ocean is a magical spot, making crashing waves an irresistible subject for many seascapes and waterscape photographers, yet not without a few trials though.
You can’t control what will happen when shooting moving waters, but can be observant and wait for the right moments. A photo with blurred waves is always popular because of the dramatic effect it creates. Being able to capture long exposure seascapes with powerful tides, interesting rock formations and dramatic light can be incredibly rewarding, but at the same time is one of the most dangerous forms of photography equally for both you and your camera. Photographing sea or ocean is very similar to classic landscape photography with static ground and foreground, but involves many more elements and provides its unique challenges – rogue waves, slippery rocks and wild weather conditions. The sea coast is a harsh and unforgiving environment and the last thing I want is for you or your equipment to be taken by the ocean. If a waterscape or seascape is treated as a motionless landscape, you will get an ordinary photo, but with some attention to the waves you can get extraordinary photographs.
Dealing with these factors can often be demanding and getting the final results that you’d like isn’t always easy. The main difference is the ever-moving water, which influences your picture. If the weather doesn’t want to cooperate and there are no dramatic waves or skies, you can work with a moderately dull day by looking for aspects of interest in the rocks, people or sand. Often the sky will appear overexposed or it’s impossible to shoot just at the moment the waves break.
An experienced landscape film photographer Alexander Kladov shares with you some vital and eye-opening tips and creative tricks in a comprehensive nit-picking guide on how to find a cool location, experiment with different camera setting and conditions, overcome the challenges, be creative and improve your waterscape and seascape photography.