Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue (2)


Stormy night at Knightstone Island with the waves breaking over the causeway

It’s very rare that I will submit a second post for the Weekly Photo Challenge but as I was working on this I thought it would be ideal for “Blue”. The background to this photograph and how I took it are as follows. The south-west coast of England had been battered by storms for a couple of days and we were expecting exceptionally high-tides.  Normally you can walk over the causeway you can see here and most times at high tides it’s not covered. But when there’s a storm or we get the Spring Tides it a different matter. In a previous post “The Sea Is A Dangerous Place” I wrote about the stupidity of people trying to cross the causeway when the tide washes over it.  In that post I show a woman crossing the causeway with two dogs and is caught by waves breaking over the causeway.

Anyway I digress. Because I do a lot of photography outdoors I bought a camera and lenses that are weatherproof. Now I’m not saying that you could dip it in a lake or river but you can use it in rain and wind…..and believe me it was raining and windy this night. Horizontal rain, cold as well. Fortunately I found a little alcove of sorts in the sea wall where I could take part shelter from the elements. My biggest problem was keeping the front of the lens free from raindrops; fitting a lens hood helped  tremendously. Next to take a shot like this at night you need a long exposure, That’s why the sea looks so creamy and smooth. To get the long exposure you need a tripod but mounting a camera on a tripod in gale conditions doesn’t mean you won’t get movement. Far from it. My trusty camera back-pack helped to weight down the tripod and keep it steady.

So there you have it. The things we photographers will do to get a photograph. What would you do to get that photograph?

I wasn’t going to do any Related Articles for this as I probably mentioned you in my previous entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue, but in the end I thought, “we all like ping-backs and mentions in other blogs” so here are the related articles…

20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue (2)

  1. Photos With Finesse May 17, 2012 / 16:19

    This is gorgeous. Glad you included it. I was born in Cornwall, but live in land-locked Alberta now. I miss the ocean. (And agree with you about people who have no respect for its power.)

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    • Mike Hardisty May 18, 2012 / 09:37

      I still live by the sea and it amazes me the number of people who take chances. I have a healthy respect for wind, tide and currents….

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  2. Bill Chance May 17, 2012 / 16:21

    Nice photo under difficult circumstances. Weatherproof camera gear must really open up the possibilities for you.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Janice D May 17, 2012 / 16:23

    Awesome image – I’d say you nailed “Blue” perfectly in both of your posts!

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  4. mtlawleyshire May 17, 2012 / 16:25

    That’s a shot filled with so much! Atmospheric, oneric, filled with a latent threat. I love it!

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  5. Arindam May 17, 2012 / 16:31

    Stunning picture. What a beautiful picture! Like it a lot.

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  6. jmeyersforeman May 17, 2012 / 19:46

    this is a great photo, love the story about getting the picture as well!

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  7. Rhianna May 17, 2012 / 23:58

    Oh wow, this is sensational. Easily the best photo I’ve seen for this weeks subject. Thanks for the pingbacks – it allowed me to see this sensational piece.

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  8. fiztrainer May 18, 2012 / 01:53

    OMG … this is amazing. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and sending a LIKE my way. It brought me here and I am in love with your photos. I look forward to following your posts. :D

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  9. Paula May 18, 2012 / 07:26

    So beautiful :) I had to rate this!

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  10. ailsapm May 18, 2012 / 09:48

    Fantastic photo, Mike, and I love the background story. So dramatic – the story and the photo! xxx Ailsa

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  11. Patti Kuche May 20, 2012 / 22:22

    There is a strange and wonderful sense of calm in this storm. Must be your steady hand and tripod, Mike!

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  12. emiliabrasier June 3, 2012 / 03:54

    This is beautiful. What the shutter speed does for showing the movement of the water.

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  13. SmallHouseBigGarden June 3, 2012 / 16:38

    I went to your front (home) page to see what you’ve been doing of late, and this one REALLY jumped off the screen!
    Love every pixel!!!

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