I am in the process of showing 30 of my earliest photos that I made from way back in 2006 with my 8mp Canon Rebel (350) when I started doing photography. I will share what I learned. #earlyphotos #landscape #seascape "Monterey Morning"
, Monterey-Pacific Grove-Asilomar, California
When I was just starting out, I learned the most by looking at paintings made by the old masters, and less so by looking photo books. So I was more into studying paintings than photos while I learned photography. I wrote an ebook (link below) which describes my process. The Story
This was one of my first attempts to capture the raw power of the sea. And also one of my first attempts to escape the power of the sea!
The sun was rising and the Monterey peninsula is one of the few places in California where you can see a sunrise over the water since it is on the west coast of North America. A big winter storm had just passed and the surf was up .. big! I was initially drawn to the way the waves would strike the rocky shoreline and I wanted to capture it. Always try to capture what draws you in. The impact of the wave would only last a moment and the waves had to pass by me first before they would strike the rocks. So in order to capture this action, I had to let the the wave pass by and then get down close and set up the tripod quickly before the wave would strike the rock. I only got about 3 or 4 seconds.
It took many attempts because there was not enough time and sometimes another wave would come in quickly and I would have to promptly evacuate. I learned to decide on an escape round ahead of time so that if I had to get out of there I would not have to waste time thinking about where to go.
Be careful when photographing the sea. Respect the power of the ocean. People have died on this very spot. If you are really careful, you can capture a moment like this. But the price can be high!Resources
I wrote a 325 page eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/books.html
For everything else, go to my website:http://www.patricksmithphotography.comOther stuff
My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov
A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.
Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr
Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235
Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml
Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.http://www.californiacoastline.org/