Even though I live close to the coast it is not on my doorstop, and a trip to the beach is a two and a half hour cycle ride (which is not much fun and pretty painful carrying one of my dslr cameras, lens, filters and tripod) or an hour in the car. As much as I love the coast “normal” life (i.e. work, house maintenance and family) leaves me precious little time to go, which is shame, but something I am actively going to try and change in the future.
On those rare occasions I get to the beach I only ever seem to take my Canon 16 – 35 f4L IS wide angle lens (when I use the full frame Canon 6d) or my Canon 10 – 22 f3.5 EF-S (when I use the Canon 7d). Whenever I think of coastal and beach photos I automatically think of wide long exposure shots of milky water, rocks and sunsets/sunrises, or the other extreme of waves crashing against rocks/jetties/piers and angry skies. Do an image search on “coastal shots” or “beach shots” and most of them will be this type of shot. Because of this I admit I am a bit blinkered so when I do get the opportunity to get to the coast I instantly reach for the wide angle lens, Hitech square filter holder, Zomei 10 stop ND filter and a couple of ND grads to make sure I don’t miss out on the opportunity to get those wide shots. I know I should also take my Canon 100mm f2.8L IS macro lens, especially since my favorite beach has sections of shingle and rock pools, together with a fisherman’s storage area full of fishing gear, nets, lobster pots, crab pots, fenders and other bits and pieces. There are plenty of unique coastal photo opportunities on my favorite beach but I have yet to properly take advantage of this. Again, this is something I plan to rectify in the future.
BEACH & COASTAL GALLERIES
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