Firstly I must say how much I enjoyed Jason’s video tutorial on slow seascape photography ( N-Photo issue 72) and applaud him for how much information he got into the article. I certainly learned something new – such as switching the white balance from Auto to Cloudy to emphasize the warm glow of sunset.
However, I feel I must request that N-Photo draw attention to the dangers of photography at the seashore, in particular in windy and stormy conditions. Jason correctly advises to ensure tidal and light conditions coincide to achieve the best images, but please also ensure that you are able to retreat rapidly and safely if the tide is coming in and that you have at least one eye is on the sea at all times! Ian Douglas, via email Ian, you’re quite right – being safe is very important when shooting at the coast. One lesson we learned from our Iceland Apprentice feature, back in issue 57, was that you should watch the waves for 15 minutes or so before venturing down to the shoreline, in case a freak wave comes in. If in doubt, safety first, photos second.
Take care when shooting at the coast in wet and windy conditions and watch the pattern of the waves