Beach trip

February 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Now that the snow and ice has melted and warm rain and storm replaced the weather conditions, it was time to search for new opportunities. The beach seemed a good alternative. Against the strong northerly wind we took the bike to the beach and walked from there. At first we were a bit disappointed. The beach was clean, it was high tide and we didn’t see any interesting structures. But after a short walk our minds were reset and we started to search for windblown sand structures. It is always scary to unpack the photo equipment in a sand storm but with some protection from our bodies we started to frame some shots. An hour later we had quit some shots on our memory cards and left the beach to return through the dunes.

I knew I had some good shots to work with but it is always a surprise when shown on the computer screen. First delight makes way for disappointment but after a first selection and processing them in Lightroom the spirit returns. At first the color shots are worked on and with pulling some sliders the real beauty is revealed. After that some shots are worked on in black and white and I must say, the sand structures are best shown in monochrome.

Know that I have worked with my new 16-35mm lens, I slowly get the grip on things. The lens has its limitations in general photography but for landscape it is an excellent one to work with. The only thing is that you need to get closer to your subject and you have to look for strong foreground subjects to give it a sense of depth. But I still miss the trustworthy 24-70mm. To gain experience with the 16-35mm I force myself to work with it for a longer period before purchasing a new lens.


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