We landscape photographers tend to avoid photographing during the middle of a sunny day. The light is harsh with no color. We prefer golden hour or twilight.
But there are times when we have no choice as to when we can shoot. When we’re on vacation with family we can’t wait until sunset at every location that sparks our interest. So we get the shot and hope for the best. But there’s a technique we can use that will greatly enhance our chances of capturing a more compelling photograph.
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I was fortunate to be in Big Sur last week photographing that magnificent coast with the members of our workshop. Ansel Adams made some beautiful photographs here as did, of course, Edward Weston. An increasingly common technique used by photographers is to employ a neutral density filter to get very long exposures that turn the ocean into a sea of ethereal mist. Many of these photographs are incredibly beautiful. Personally, I connect with the power and energy of the ocean, something these beautiful photographs do not capture.
Adams’ technique was to stop the motion in of the surf as in this photograph titled “Rock and Surf.” Freezing the water was essential to the effectiveness of the composition.
Rock and Surf (1951)
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