*Sunlight through the brambles*
There’s nothing more beautiful than a sunrise over sea. Also, there’s nothing more graphically boring unless you find some good foreground. I have recently started experimenting shooting sunrises or sunsets through vegetation. It backlights said vegetation and gives it a graphical abstract feel I quite like.
*Quiet Waihi Stream*
I walked the Manoa Falls trail on my first morning in Hawaii (I was there for work, but nothing says you can’t take advantage of waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning thanks to jetlag not to discover the country outside of working hours…) The falls themselves were a bit underwhelming (I felt), but the Waihi stream flowing from the falls was real pretty and I kept stopping by the side of the trail to capture photos. I had brought my platypod with me (a really functional flat ‘tripod’), which turned out to be real handy.
To think I nearly missed this sunrise. I went to Lanikai beach before sunrise, and got so fascinated with the rocks on the beach that I nearly didn’t hike the little trail up to see these two islands with the sun rising just behind one of them. So glad the idea to walk these 100m finally came to me… And yes, OK, this is a bit of a cliché shot, but hey, a cliché means a photo in French, so what do you expect ?
With rushing water, long exposure is very relative. Though some like to do really long exposure times, I find that it gives the water a supernatural texture that is too far removed from the scene I see for my tastes. So my preference goes to speeds around 1/10s, which is what this is. With a stabilized lens, you can even do this handheld, as I did here. I like the tropical lushness of the surrounding vegetation around the brook…
I love waterfalls, and the first time I managed to traipse around New Zealand, I made sure to go to Waiau Falls in Coromandel. The place is magical, very few people there (at least in early spring when I went) and a great scenic view. This was my best shot.
It was the boulder that attracted me to this composition. I love the way the waves at the forefront look like mist over the rocks, and I think the round boulder and the pointy island balance each other out nicely, compositionally speaking.
To say that our summer in Wellington a little over a year ago was worse than most winters in France would be an understatement. But I got dramatic skies and heavy grey light, good stuff for long exposure black and whites by the sea. I only published one shot from this series previously, and when I revisited it this one struck me as really interesting.
When it comes to composition, the effects of wide angle on how things sit in the frame is interesting and an opportunity to play around with things. Here the island that was maybe 500 meters from the shore looks really far away, and the rocks at the foot of my tripod look massive. And this was just 15mm, imagine at 10mm !!!
Driving one morning on the winding roads of East Coromandel, I saw this stunning vista. I had to park and get out the camera. I love it when the sun and clouds make a patchwork of the sea.
*Where’s the Sun?*
I got up really early on a Sunday morning to catch the sunrise on the Southeastern side of Hong Kong Island. The weather apps said it was going to be a sunny day. Even before I got to Shek O, I knew that would not be the case thanks to the drizzle on my windshield. Weather is not an exact science. But when life gives you lemons you make lemonades, so I shifted from glorious colour sunrise over sea to moody black and white over rocks. I got three good shots out of it, this one is the first.