Choose a good lo­ca­tion

What should you look for in an ideal shoot­ing spot?

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

When it comes to lo­ca­tion­hunt­ing for seascapes, find­ing a strong fore­ground is a good start­ing point. On sandy beaches, this could be rip­ples in the sand, tidal pools or per­haps man-made struc­tures such as wooden groynes. On clifftops there may be wild flow­ers, foot­paths, or even the cliff edge it­self can be used as fore­ground in­ter­est.

A strong fea­ture that can be used as a back­ground fo­cal point can also en­hance a com­po­si­tion. For­tu­nately, many seascapes of­fer a wealth of choice: head­lands, sea stacks, dis­tant is­lands and light­houses are all pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Seascapes look their best when there is a sense of drama. Ex­tra drama can be in­jected into the scene by en­hanc­ing the im­pres­sion of height and dis­tance by get­ting in close to fore­ground el­e­ments with a wide-an­gle lens. Waves crash­ing on the shore will al­ways add ex­cite­ment to a scene, and choos­ing lo­ca­tions that face the di­rec­tion of the pre­vail­ing wind will in­crease your chances of see­ing big waves. If the lo­ca­tion also hap­pens to boast a rocky shore­line, even bet­ter!

Above left Nat­u­ral drama the cliff-top rocks pro­vide a strong fore­ground and the waves crash­ing onto the rocky shore be­low add a nat­u­ral sense of drama to this view Be­low Fore­ground, back­ground the rocky ledges pro­vide a strong fore­ground in this...

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