Photo Post | Terrigal Beach 201107

Terrigal Beach 201107

Photo Post | Terrigal Beach 201107

Terrigal Beach 201107

Setting the scene:

Shot on 31 July, 2011 at around 1:30pm. It was a fantastic day weather-wise for the middle of winter. We took a phone call from some friends and decided to meet at Terrigal beach so that all of the kids could play in the sand. Being the middle of winter, we really didn’t want them getting wet but kids will be kids…

I took my camera with the intention of snapping some nice photos of the kids, and hopefully one or two nice beach photos too. When we arrived, I noticed this line of cloud which really intrigued me because it reminded me of some style of writing. I took a number of shots in an attempt to capture it with a composition that felt right. After some cropping to remove the corner of a brick wall and to balance the frame, the photo above is the end result.

Now for technical details:

  • The photo was taken using a Canon EOS 400D using the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens.
  • Shutter speed was 1/60 second
  • Aperture was at f/10
  • Focal Length at 18mm
  • Shot in full manual mode
I used a CPL (circular polarising) filter during this shoot. The day was quite warm so there was a bit of haze around. The CPL helps to cut the haze, and also helps to remove reflections from the water which is why the water looks so clear in this shot. The time of day is important with this shot too. The middle of the day is the time of day when the sun is the highest in the sky and gets the most penetration through the water. If I had shot this early or late in the day I would not have been able to capture the water with that beautiful turquoise colour.

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