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.)


    • 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….


  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.


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

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


  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!


  5. Arindam May 17, 2012 / 16:31

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


  6. livvy30 May 17, 2012 / 18:31

    Lovely, Lovely!


  7. jmeyersforeman May 17, 2012 / 19:46

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


  8. 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.


  9. 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. 😀


  10. Paula May 18, 2012 / 07:26

    So beautiful 🙂 I had to rate this!


  11. ailsapm May 18, 2012 / 09:48

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


  12. 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!


  13. emiliabrasier June 3, 2012 / 03:54

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


  14. 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!!!


  15. Mike Hardisty June 3, 2012 / 17:07

    Must admit it’s one I’m proud of…


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