But recently, I've begun to try other focal lengths when I head out in the darkness of the morning, searching for images which are not what most people might try or think to take. I know that I can be fairly certain of coming home with a good set of wide angle shots bursting with colour, movement in the water and drama, so the challenge is now to see what else I can see and capture. In today's image saturated market, showing work which is outside the main stream of what everyone else does is a great way to differentiate yourself and get noticed.
Morning fishing. Handheld, f/9, ISO 640, 1/8000 sec, Tamron 150-600mm
Silhouettes are always striking images, and with the early morning light behind a figure like this fisherman, you can make a striking image by carefully picking your vantage point, framing carefully and then waiting for all your elements to come together. I set this shot up knowing that I wanted a gull to feature in shot, and it took about 10 minutes before I managed to get the shot I was after.
Freedom! I was at a sunrise shoot earlier this week with about a dozen other photo club members, and the scene was probably quite familiar to many of you - a row of figures hunched over tripods stretched out along the beach, all capturing basically the same shot dozens of times as the gloom of night lifted to reveal the disk of the sun breaking the horizon and low cloud. Nothing wrong with that - many wonderful shots will have been processed on computers all along this coastline following that morning. And with minor variations in rock formations and shutter speeds, you would probably be hard pressed to say which shot was taken by which photographer.
The sun rises... A long lens perspective. Handheld, f/6.3, ISO 320, 1/1600 sec, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm
I had opted for a different approach that day. Eschewing my tripod - I actually lent it to another photographer whose own one was a very cheap and unstable platform - I had mounted my Tamron 150-600 zoom to my D810 body for the morning, no filters, just the luxurious freedom of wandering around the beach shooting handheld. I got some quizzical glances from some of the seascape die-hards I can tell you!