84 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

  1. Love that verse and these relaxing photos are just what I needed to get me through another long night at work. I’m definitely getting into some water the next chance I get!

    1. I happy to hear that my photos will make the drudgery of work bearable. Hopefully when you do find water it’s warmer than the water off the NH coast. I usually won’t go any deeper than my knees without a wetsuit.

      1. Oh it should be pretty warm we’ve been in a heat wave for a week! I work in a nice air conditioned office so I suppose I can’t complain too much 🙂 Glad you are so dedicated to getting the shot!

        1. That’s me. I’ll do almost anything to get the photo I want. I may not be willing to swim in the ocean around here too much, but if I needed to get really wet for a photo, I will!

  2. Lovely collection of long exposures and fast shutter shots here, really each one just right for the photograph. Beautiful photographs and the quote is bang on too. 🙂

    1. Thank you Jo. The more I do this the more I know what I want to convey with a photograph. Most of the time I like a long exposure when I’m photographing the waves and surf. But there are times that it doesn’t work and I need to stop the action of the water, or at least capture it with a faster shutter.

      1. I could not agree more. I do like a long exposure for a softer shot but for me, that is not what my eye saw maybe. However, technically I love it. The fast shutter shot is a bit more closer to my heart in that in really does just capture the essence of the moment. I love both but the capture of the roar of the sea is more for me. Your shots did capture that.

        1. I assume you’re referring to the lighthouse shot in particular? I tried my normal long exposure at first, but the power of the waves was completely lost. I didn’t like too fast a shutter speed either. After a lot of trial and error I arrived at this one, the Goldilocks “just right” shutter speed.

  3. OPPS a revolving header! Moose and mallard equally . Departing swiftly in case it changes again 🙂

    1. Nope, no mallard, you must be referring to the loon. And in case you have nothing better to do than click the refresh button, I’ve revamped almost all of the images for the header. Since you so often comment on the header images, I was thinking of you the whole time I was doing it to 😀

      1. I LOVE YOU PHOTOS Jeff and yes I realized it was a carousel when I returned. I am WAY to anal to ever do this!

        Thank youuuuuuuu!

        1. Thank you very much, that is so nice to hear.

          I like to give my fans a feeling of anticipation, not only not knowing what new photos for you, but not knowing what the header will be when they stop by for a visit.

          I have to keep you on your toes 😀

    1. Thanks Casagan. That’s one of my favorites of that lighthouse too. Though the whole time I was totally freaking out because of the salt spray. This was just after a big storm, and even though the sky is clear, the wind was nuts. I probably spent an hour with wet/damp paper towels wiping everything down afterwards. Now I have a waterproof camera cover.

    1. Thank you Tina. That’s funny, I’m not really a poetry reader but the idea occurred to me to add a quote about the sea. One quick Google search and the Longfellow quote really caught my eye.

      Then I read the entire poem and several others. I might get some culture in me yet. 🙂

    1. I have my moments of doubt on almost every morning I go out. “What the heck am I doing up this early?” And then the light starts to change, the sky is perfect, and I realize there is no place I’d rather be at that moment.

      Thank you!

    1. Thanks CG, that is my mission!

      One of the dirty little secrets of landscape photography is that being there during the best light is more than half of what it takes to make a good photo.

      1. I’m looking through your galleries with envy…….you’re the sort of photographer that inspires me to get out there practicing and pushing myself further, and taking some courses to get to grips with the technical side…..my Canon EOS50d really deserves to be in better hands!!

        1. You are too kind!

          Great camera! I almost went with the 50D, but it just wasn’t enough of an “upgrade” over my 40D to warrant it. So I got a 7D instead. 😀

          One thing I’ve found through all of my interactions with people who visit my blog, beginning photographers in particular, is how much I enjoy sharing my knowledge. I’m in the process of writing my first eBook on the basics of landscape photography that maybe of some help, when it comes out, it’s not as easy as I thought to put what’s in my head, and how I do things, down on paper 🙂

          In the mean time, if you ever have any questions about how to get more out of your camera, don’t hesitate to ask(I mean it). Especially with that camera. The features and controls are so similar to both the 40D and my current 7D, that answering questions will be a snap.

          1. thank you so much that’s very generous of you, the 50d is still my first SLR camera and I’ve had it four years now. I bought it for a trip across Australia and to Uluru (Ayres Rock) but was still quite a newbie even after an 8 week course! Apart from currently being cost prohibitive for me I really want to master more of the basics before I move up to a single digit model! My camera body came with a great lens range of 18 -200, but it’s often a bit hefty for my wee hands, I have a wide angle and a prime lens as well. I’ll definitely look out for your e-book when you publish it.

            1. The 50D really is a great camera, my advice, spend your money on better lenses first. They will work on any body you upgrade to in the future. As long as you buy EF lenses. The EF-S mount lenses will only fit crop sensor cameras, which is fine if you know without a doubt that you’ll never upgrade to a full frame like a 5D Mk III, (my next move when used prices come down). But if full frame is on your horizon, stuck with EF mount lenses. Better lenses never go out of style, a new body will be old news almost as soon as you take it out of the box. There’s always something new coming out.

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