I went to the Bournemouth beach so I could capture the cycle of the sea. I used inspiration from Hockney to use a combination of photos that I took of the same stretch of the beach too create a joiner. The cycle of the waves in constant repetition, created ever changing ways in which the waves crashed. The way the light reflected off the surface of the water at different stages of the cycle created really interesting changing shapes/forms of the photos. On the peak/curve of the wave the water reflected white light however the more shallow the water got over the sand the clearer the reflection of the sky. This meant that the blue tones of the sky also came in on the sand which has a really interesting affect.
The broken up and stitched together images inspirited by Hockney created a fascinating abstract image. As the scene was constantly moving, I used images of the waves at different stages in the cycle. It makes the complete image look more abstract but I really like the overall affect of the mixed up refections in the sand and the changing blues in the sky. I experimented with several different compositions of the waves however it was hard to make the broken up image look good when there was such a different in the cycles so, as much as possible I tried to match/line up the waves so the cycle of the waves was clear, as that was the intended subject of the image.
Slow shutter speed:
These images were taken at night on a main road leading into Bournemouth. The low light with high exposure create a blurred drag of the bright headlights of the cars. The slow shutter speed means the camera captured the light over an extended period of time, producing the streaking light effect. The monochrome images means that the focus is on the light and dark rather than any vibrant colours. The linear drag of the headlights surrounded by dark shape of the road, creates a line for the viewer to follow through the image.
Fast shutter speed:
On a particularly windy day on Bournemouth beach I was amazed by the way in which sand got dragged across the beach. The fast pace movement of the sand required me to use a fast shutter speed with high exposure to capture the fast moving sand as a still image. The linear streaks of sand that changed with the direction of the wind created ever-changing forms in the sand for me to capture.
For the the images below I edited them in Adobe Bridge – Camera Raw. I increase the contrast so there is a clearer definition between the dark wet sand and the light thin layer that moves above it. By increasing the white colour as well it meant that the moving sand was highlighted so the changing forms created by the wind were clearer.