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Fine-art pho­tog­ra­pher Lorna Yab­s­ley re­veals how she shot this glis­ten­ing wa­ter from a boat!

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Liv­ing on the south coast of Devon, coastal themes fea­ture heav­ily in my work. This im­age was taken on a beau­ti­ful morn­ing when the lo­cal fish­er­men were set­ting nets to catch sand eels – choice bait for bass fish­ing.

I shot from my bat­tered old dinghy with a 300mm lens. The long lens fore­short­ens the scene, ac­cen­tu­at­ing the high­lights on the bro­ken sur­face of the wa­ter. To be hon­est, the high­lights have lost de­tail and blown out a bit, but I didn’t get too hung up about this, as the over­all ef­fect of a sparkling sea is what I wanted. I po­si­tioned my­self right in front of the boats with the sun directly be­hind and above them, for max­i­mum ef­fect. It wasn’t easy to bal­ance in the boat with a heavy lens, but as it was a bright scene it was easy to se­lect a fast shut­ter speed (1/500 sec). The shot is strongly back­lit, a rel­a­tively easy ex­po­sure when the sub­jects are in sil­hou­ette, and the ex­po­sure is me­tered from the sky and sea. If your camera was on an auto set­ting, this is the ex­po­sure your camera would make for you by read­ing the bright­est parts of the scene, the sky and the sea. How­ever, I’m a firm be­liever in learn­ing to shoot man­u­ally and us­ing your me­ter to get the ex­po­sure you want, rather than let­ting the camera take con­trol. It is a bit of a steep learn­ing curve but ul­ti­mately more re­ward­ing. If you can drive your camera con­fi­dently, you can free your­self up to make bet­ter and stronger com­po­si­tions.

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