All at sea

Pho­tograph­ing seas­capes can pro­duce beau­ti­ful images. Joseph Che­ung shares some tips

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Frame, snap and go. This is by far the eas­i­est way to take seascape pho­tos. This photo of a Sea Gypsy girl of Sem­porna is an ex­am­ple of a sea life­style.

Some­times, what’s be­low the sur­face of the wa­ter is in­ter­est­ing.

The soft green coral adds beauty to the photo, adding an in­ter­est­ing point of view to the al­ready beau­ti­ful sur­round­ing. Ap­ply po­larised fil­ter to re­duce sur­face re­flec­tion. This is a place where you will find sharp edges from the rocks and corals. Take pre­cau­tions to pre­vent in­jury when shoot­ing in a place like this. Also, please take care of the frag­ile ecosys­tem of the area.

A low shut­ter speed at 1/10s, for in­stance, will add drama to your shots. Find­ing the right mo­ment is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially dur­ing sun­rise or sun­set. A tri­pod is needed to avoid cam­era shake. Us­ing fil­ters such as ND, GND, RGND will be help­ful.

Try tak­ing re­flec­tion pho­tos when the sea is calm, es­pe­cially dur­ing sun­rise or sun­set. Be ex­tra care­ful not to fall down or dam­age your gear when tak­ing a re­flec­tion photo of the ocean as you need to get very low to get the ef­fect.

The sea and cloud of­ten give pho­tog­ra­phers a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion. How­ever, I nor­mally add a sub­ject to make them more in­ter­est­ing. In this photo, a lone off­shore fa­cil­ity is framed right in the mid­dle of the ocean with beau­ti­ful cloud for­ma­tion taken with a zoom lens at 100mm fo­cal length. You can do a long ex­po­sure to make it more in­ter­est­ing like dra­matic skies and calmer wa­ter.

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