~ The eye of a storm during blue hour at the North Sea coast, near Den Helder, the Netherlands.
~ Last month, 73 cubic metres of gasoil was spilled from Texel; an island just north of where this was shot. A significant amount of this crept into the Wadden Sea, which is a World Heritage site because of the many species of fish, birds, seal and marine plant life.
While the media said that "most of the spill was cleaned up" and "we wouldn't find a trace of it", the beaches of Den Helder looked different than other times...
Yellow-green bands of dried-up foam left the beaches scarred during this north west storm. I just hope not too many birds where killed becuase of this boo-boo.
About the photo. Nature looked angry and summoned a flying cloud titan to fight for its survival... At least that's what I saw in this cloud. Epic case of pareidolia of course. Camera on a tripod; running from one place to the next; chasing after the foam. A shutter speed of 1,6 seconds seemed to work well. One darker exposure blended in for the sky and scattered highlights in the wet sand; in effect compensating for the lack of a polariser and graduated ND-filter. Unfortunately I still don't have a good filter kit for the Samyang 14mm, so I have to do this by hand in post. Fortunately, I can move the focus ring in between these shots, to create tack-sharp fore- and backgrounds.
'Cloud Titan' was captured at the beach near Den Helder, the Netherlands, with the D750 at 14mm.
(2x) f/8 | 1,6s - 1,3s | ISO500
~ Long exposure seascape. No filters, just waiting for twilight to set an atmosphere.
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~ There comes a time in photography when your pursuit of style, personality; whatever you want to call it, comes through in a sense that is both captivating and comes totally unexpected.
Sure, you work hard to achieve a certain point in your career when you can say: I am happy with this form of editing and I am happy with the image I see here. But that point always seems so far away.
Today is the day where I can finally say that I've found my style of editing, looking back over the images I've shot last year.
I've mentioned a couple of times that it's difficult for me to find a balance between showing fine details and enveloping you in a soft and dreamy image. And I think that a lot of you guys on here do a lot better than I do. But post-processing isn't just about this.
Since I've started to treat colour and luminosity differently, but with equal amounts of care, my work has taken a turn somewhere. And I for one quite like the way we're going. Of course I'm far from done with learning new things. Every day there's some new trick or workflow to be learned, but at least I can say that I'm Finally Free of needing anything more from my photography.
Much like any artists, we photographers need to be able to enjoy what we create. In the end, I think that's what it's all about.
This seascape was shot at my local beach. With the hail coming and going, the dark clouds often give way to dramatic sunlight that changes every time you look through the viewfinder. It's a great time for living near the beach.
For absent winters...
~ When the ship got pulled in from the Atlantic, the trolls forgot to mind the rising sun. Their prized ship turned to stone in the blink of an eye and remained on the beach ever since.
~ The essence of a foamy shore at Huisduinen beach, the Netherlands.
The spectres of the fallen dwell in the shores of this beach. The appear only well after sunset, when the golden disc dips 9 degrees below the horizon. While they are hard to spot with the unaided eye, a camera set to a long exposure captures them in their wake. :)
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f/7.1 | 30sec | ISO100
~ Dusk settles over the Scottish North Sea shore. On the other end of the phone, my wife tells me she loves me. I gaze into the distance and think about her standing on the other side of the sea; back home in the Netherlands. Separated by distance. Separated by a whisper.
~ That incredible rewarding feeling when you're right on time for the light to happen...!
~ A famous site in Iceland. The crisp air here is like nothing else. And with serene conditions like this, it isn't difficult to imagine an altered state of conciousness. Perfect for photography.
~ Caught in between subsequent torrential rains, these jagged seastacks rise from the Atlantic at twilight.
Reynisdrangar caught in a moody, rainy dawn, Iceland.
~ I came to the sea to calm my mind. To hear the howling wind and appreciate the rain. I have come here evere since I was a child, with each subsequent visit I came looking for more tranquill shores. Away from the world of offices, cars and hordes of angry-looking, phone staring people whom all seem to live disconnected from the natural world. The sea is home to fantastic scenery that reflects so very well the way I feel. In this example of seascape photography, the usually trodden sand is kept perfectly untouched. High winds keep people inside, so the beach looks like it was put there yesterday; flat as concrete. A single subject, like seaweed, a struggling jellyfish or a stream of water pointing away from the viewer often works great to draw the viewer's attention and bring interested to an otherwise bland image. More on seascape photography coming soon.
It's the most compelling thing, being out there, right after a storm passed. And should you be in the lucky position that it coincides with a majestic sunset, one in where she dips just below a heavy blanket of clouds, then you are just in luck when you have a camera with you.
That evening I was just struck with how many different shades of blue the sky was adorned with. There's magenta and cyan and indigo with all saturation levels.
I quickly shut off the analytical mind coming up with names for everything and just went for it. Got my feet wet, broke my tripod and remembered how to capture such a scene. And it's all well worth watching the last wave of that day break as the sun dips below the horizon.
~ I remember a time when we used to come here. A time when we used to soar above the shoreline...