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Storm Warning

Coming StormStorm Clouds, Ohawe Beach, Taranaki

In the last few years, with the increasing range of very dark neutral density filters, there has been a tendency for seascapes to look misty and calm. They capture that feeling of peace, that many of us feel when we take a stroll along a windswept beach. But in a storm the beach can be a dangerous place, with huge waves surging in, crashing onto the beach only to be pulled back by the next wave. Every year people get into trouble, caught out by its power and its ability to surprise.

I wanted to make an image that captured the more menacing side of stormy beaches. With a front surging in to the coast and the waves growing in strength and size, it looked perfect. The turmoil in the clouds above, promising that this was just the start.

Virtual Scouting and The Moonrise Over Castlepoint

Moonrise Over CastlepointCastlepoint Lighthouse, Wairarapa

When I first thought about going to Castlepoint and looked at the possibilities, I looked at Google Earth and saw the moon rising over the reef. In fact the image on Google Earth that day looked pretty close to the image above. Virtual scouting is a valuable tool to have in your kit bag.

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The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. — ORSON WELLS

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DistractedCloud Platform, Napier

Today has been the coldest of the year so far, with wind, rain and a cold southerly working up the country. But as the day has gone on the rain has faded out and at sunset, even though there was thick cloud on the western horizon the fading sun lit up the eastern sky.

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Sunrise 4Ohawe Beach

Photography is both a technical and an artistic endeavor. If it was just a technical, then there would be just one way (the right way) to process an image. But it's not, there are a myriad of ways you can approach an image depending on what suits the image and communicates your intent.

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