“South End of Driftwood Beach at High Tide”

Canon 5D Mark II f2.8 16-35 zoom II @16mm ISO 50 F22@ 1/2 sec combined with f6.7@ 1/30th sec Jekyll Island, Ga.

This entry was written by Craig , posted on Thursday December 01 2011at 05:12 pm , filed under Beach, Black and White, Jekyll Island, Landscape . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

5 Responses to ““South End of Driftwood Beach at High Tide””

  • wnor says:

    Looks like you are having a lot of fun with the advancing and receding waves and the clouds, along with the tree line between them. This is a very pleasing B&W.


  • Tim Gray says:

    Interesting idea – a slow exposure for the water and a “regular” one for everything else.

  • bgercken says:

    How did you get the clouds to do that? Awesome.

  • tonebytone says:

    Awesome is right. Craig, you have the world’s greatest facility at getting the clouds to do what you want them to do – to mirror what’s happening on the ground – or the water, in this case. I’m always in awe of this. A lovely composition.

  • Craig says:

    Hey Everybody,

    Thank you for being here and thank you for your support !

    Bill – hope this finds you doing well. Here is the answer to your question.

    Q: “How did you get the clouds to do that?”

    A: Realizing your question is probably tongue in cheek :) I still wanted to answer the question because the answer gives me a chance as a photographic educator to talk about what I believe is the most important design principle if your are attempting to depict vusual unity and harmony and that is the design principle of rhythm.

    I had an amazing run of three days with beautiful and dramatic skies shooting at Jekyll Island. One of the great things about shooting a beach with waves and a dramatic tide (the Georgia coast has a nine foot tide) is the fact that you can use the combination of tide and wave action to create an infinite number of designs in the foreground of your shot (by combining camera position with moment and different shutter speeds – I tend to work from a half second up to 1 or two seconds for these types of shots).

    In the case of this shot I saw the cloud formation down the beach from where I was shooting. I ran down the beach to line it up over the Live Oak tree in the middle background. I then, working as quickly as I could, shot about 20 frames trying to time my shots with breaking and receding waves to create a structure of line and space shapes in the water to mimic or rhyme the same ideas in the sky. I got several frames that were close and with this one being the best in terms of repeating the design motif in the clouds.

    This is by far the most common way I create rhythm in my coastal landscape work……..Craig

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