“Oh we do like to be beside the seaside”

I have it on good advice that the weather is about to improve.  Just in time for the school holidays.  Hooray!  That means that we’ll be able to go to the seaside/coast and take in the sunshine.  It also means that we’ll be able to take advantage of the beautiful light you get at the coast, where the sun reflects off the sea.

“3 Cliffs Bay – Gower” by Derek Gale

In this image, of the wonderful 3 Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsular in South Wales, I had to wait till the sun was at the right angle relative to the sea.  At this time of year that means shooting quite early in the morning, because in the middle of the day the sun is almost vertical and you lose the reflections.  The long focal length lens I used compressed the perspective which made the sea and cliffs seem closer together.

“3 Cliffs Bay – Gower” by Derek Gale

Here’s the same place on a different day/time, with a wide angle lens, and with the tide almost fully in.  It has a completely different mood to the first image.  However you shoot it it’s still a great view, and I envied the person who had the beach all to themself.

Get down to the sea and catch the light!

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