I have come to favour cloudy days with patches of blue sky – they make for more dramatic backdrops in my photos and tend to create a moody atmosphere opposed to a plain blue sky or even worse a totally grey and colourless one. But I was proven wrong the other day.
Most of my imagery really depend on the surf conditions and regardless if it’s grey, stormy, dark and snowing at the same time – if the ocean is pumping perfect 10ft barrels down the lineup you can be certain that I’ll be out shooting it.
But yesterday morning was one of those days where I had none of the above: No clouds for dramatic skies in my pictures and even less waves. 1-2 ft. But I woke up at 5.45AM and what else to do but get up and get out into the ocean?
There was a certain softness in the air diffusing the rising sunlight and a slight offshore breeze grooming the 2ft waves to perfection. You could look straight at the sun as it crept over the horizon without even being blinded in the slightest. It always amazes me what a difference the right light makes when shooting the ocean and its curves.
I ended up shooting way more images than expected and I thought I’d share a collection of which I am certain that many will find their way into the Print Store over the coming days and weeks.
Also, Olympus Australia recently gave me a new lens to play with – and it looks like it will be my new to-go lens when shooting in the water. The M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 is quite a long lens (150mm full frame equivalent) it really forces you to position yourself and focus on your subject. This particular morning that was going to be the amazing light nature had on offer and all the things and happening it was shining on.
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