If you’ve ever tried to produce a seascape, the waves crashing on rocks or the surf pounding the beach, you’ll know what a challenge it can be, especially if you want to create an picture where the water appears smooth and milky.
It’s helps if you live by the sea but if you’re on your travels, you’re near the coast and you get the opportunity to capture an epic seascape then you’ll need to be prepared with the right equipment and the knowledge of what it takes to produce the results you’re after.
Unique to seascapes is the need to be aware of tides – the best shots usually involve a little scrambling to get to the best vantage point near the water’s edge and you’ll need to ensure the tide is going out and you’re not going to be cut off. A quick Google check for your location will tell you when low tide is due, get there a few hours beforehand and plan to finish shooting well before the tide turns.
The advantage of shooting as the tide is ebbing, is that rock pools will be exposed giving you interesting foregrounds.
Make sure you’ve got ‘sensible’ footwear to negotiate slippery rocks and seaweed and be prepared to get wet if you’re getting down low for the best shots. Finally, take something to clean the lens – sea spray goes everywhere and can ruin a great shot.