We retreated back to an old familiar beach and settled in to some good old fashioned seascape photography.
One of the aspects of shooting with someone new is the ability to talk about the photographic experience. Whether it's the exchange of new ideas or simply just to hear another photographer shares some of the same ups and downs, it can be a refreshing experience.
One of the things that came up in conversation was the burn out factor. When shooting local seascapes, like the one shown here, there are certain elements I look for to make an image one I will enjoy viewing. But sometimes this approach can be too formulaic, and I often feel like I am on auto pilot capturing these scenes.
I think this can come from a personal need to be challenged. As I have been out of the SCUBA diving world for over half a year, local seascapes have been one of my main outlets for photography, and I was growing less inspired to photograph the coast.
My recent trips to Yosemite, Death Valley and Lake Tahoe have been more fun and inspiring than I can explain here. I've been diving this past week for the first time since September, and I am excited to be off to Fiji next week. I hope returning to underwater photography will break me out of the seascape funk.
But until then, there is a certain "draw" to shooting the coast when it is good. And when Josh and I met, it got good. Here is an image from the brief window of intense light, color, reflections, and water action that I love.
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 14mm
1/8sec @ f13, ISO 100
Singh-Ray Daryl Benson 3-stop Reverse GND filter