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How to freeze the sea? (2 replies)

Mike
11 months ago
Mike 11 months ago

Although, I have been involved in photography most of my life I am still finding it difficult trying to 'freeze' waves as they hit rocks/beach etc. The IrishTourist board has asked me to photograph the cliffs of Moher, the tallest cliffs in Europe. Like Malta and other rocky places the sun hitting these cliffs make stunning images as it rises and falls and the Atlantic Ocean creating plumes of spray over these cliffs. Dingle is not far away where 'Ryan's Daughter' was filmed and the sea churns up tons of foam which is blown through the air. I am trying to capture this magic moment. Mr Lean had the same trouble but did not quite succeed. I have never seen a place that produces so much sea/salt foam. This area can be extremely violent at certain times of the year.

I wondered if anyone on this forum has had experience trying to freeze the moment when water smashes against rocks etc. I have tried cranking up the speeds to 4,000 of a second but it always looks artificial to me. I am using medium format digital and film and although some people say the shots are impressive, I am not impressed at all. A painter always is dissatisfied with their work!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

photos following

Mike
11 months ago
Mike 11 months ago

Photo of girl on beach with 'frozen' foam and Lean in same area trying to capture the moment

Mike
11 months ago
Mike 11 months ago

Sorry. photo of Lean on the cliffs trying to capture a storm but eventually had to go to South Africa to get the shot.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IMG_1807.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IMG_1776.jpg
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