As my week off rounds of to a close, I set off to the coast with the intent of doing some self portraits on golden sands (my online profiles are in serious need of updating); maybe some long exposures of gentle waves breaking over rocks, to hang up around the flat.
This was not to be.
I arrived at Southwold, on the Suffolk Coast, with the sea crashing against the pier in spectacular, pounding, waves, the weather growing steadily worse and just out to sea a large front was visible. In the centre the rain was coming down as an obscuring mist. I'd timed my arrival with the hope of seeing the tide come in, but behind the tide was a storm accelerating the sea forward up the beach!
The wind went from blustery to buffeting on a whim, rain fell cold and hard like nails, and the clouds rolled into toward the coast promising worse to come.
Today, as it turned out, was a good day to be out with the camera!
Despite my best efforts on so many of the photos I got spray and blobs of water on the lens!! *sob* , so I've rescued what I can.
Also, I'd gone with ambitions of hunting down the converging lines to attract the eye. However with the sea rapidly advancing up the beach I had abandon this plan and make a swift retreat for the safety of the sea wall - and so from then on was confined to taking my photos from various man-made vantage points - and not low to the ground where I could get some nice angles, seeing as low to the ground was now under-water.
I hadn't done any HDR and my long exposures were minorly successful but nothing special - so as I sat diddling about in photoshop wondering what I could do to make the images sing - I decided to try something different and apply textures to the photos: I began liking the results and figured it works by complementing the rather chaotic , and non-uniform nature of the waves by giving each image a different sense of character or story.
But do tell me what you think.