Two days away of 520 miles covered and yet still we managed to relax and enjoy a fantastic walk on a beach on the East Coast with one of the photo buddies, and discover more about the past by visiting Tattershall Castle.
I used my Sigma 17-70mm lens throughout the weekend, I shot handheld and was incredibly brave to walk 5km before along the beautiful sandy beach with the dog and my camera…. and with Emma’s challenges still in mind…
- Viewpoint – High, low, extreme, intimate, abstract, predictable, unexpected – your point of view is what links you to the person looking at your photograph.
- Framing – A simple technique to focus attention – use the foreground to frame your subject
- Negative space – Also known as whitespace, this is where you deliberately provide lots of breathing space around the subject.
- Diagonals – A very strong composition device. Diagonals suggest energy and movement.
At the beach, I thought about getting down close to the sand to capture the detail in the retreating tide, my view point was somewhat lower than I would normally capture an image as I am very wary about sand, sea water and cameras.
Staying low, I was pleased to be able to capture the action on the beach of a game of ball with one of my photo buddies. I think my view perhaps could even be that f another dog… it create a unique view of the location.
Changing view and moving up to the sand dunes, I wanted o catpture the vast scale of the beach but without a person or scalable reference this is tricky…
Looking back – often I am following up behind as I have stopped to take photos – this is a different view for me, as I am looking back to see some of my family following me up the beach. I just love the warmth the sun brings to the image and the face that my hubby is paddling bar foot, very unusual – but it was a great beach to do just that!
This one is in black and white, the photo buddy was waiting for us to throw his ball, I thought about ensuring I had plenty of negative space in this photo hence the portrait crop. I love how he has left his mark though on the wet sand and that you have a clear pawprint in the foreground of the image.
My final beach image – a groyne.I centralised the groyne surrounding it by the natual framing of the sea, I got down low to ensure the details of the sky were included and chose a short shutter speed to capture the movement of the waves. I have really enjoyed exploreing different beaches this year
A new location
At Tattershall Castle I tried to continue to think about different view points… but first of all it was important to set the scene.
Looking at the view from one of the many windows created a great natural frame, although it was quicky tricky to line myself up so the church was not cut off but the bars in the window.
At the top of the castle is was the perfect spot to experiment with the looking up and looking down view point. as well as thinking about diagonals and capturing the flying flag at that angle.
Back at ground level and I wanted to capture the old english village feel to the place and a sense of scale. It was a lovely spot to explore.