Photography 101 Tips: Seascape Photography Waiting For the Right Moment

Since the weather is warming and travel to the beaches is about to begin, I figured I would start sharing more helpful tip on shooting seascapes.

The Colors of Evening on the Beach is a beautiful landscape photograph of the sun setting over the bay of Cape Hatteras as the waves washed ashore. The image was created with a long shutter speed to blur the movement of the clouds and waves. Then the image was enhanced in post production to reduces the remaining details of the scene leaving only the soft pastel colors of the sunset and the soft gradient flow of colors above and below the horizon line. Title: The Colors of Evening on the Beach Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography Item ID Number: LAND-0135Waiting For the Right Moment

The sea is a place of wonder, peacefulness, drama and a variety of moods. One of the most exciting things about nature and landscape photography is the challenges of the changes in our world, especially with seascapes and our inability to control what will happen when we are shooting a seascape. For a nature and landscape photographer, you can produces a variety of work that showcases all of the stunning beauties of the sea and the emotions all from the same location; this is especially helpful when learning the art of photography. When shooting a seascape everything in the scene can be taken in consideration when you are composing your photograph; people, rocks, the sands, the sky and most importantly the light. The light will help you convey the mood of the scene you are about to photograph.

Kissed by the Sea is a stunning long exposure landscape photograph of the sun rising over the sea and beach. This photograph was created on the shore of Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The long exposure allowed the rough waves of the ocean to soften slightly while turning the seafoam into a rolling mist across the sandy beach and around the ruins of the dune crossing steps that once stood on the shore. The main section of the dune crossing steps was washed out a few years back during a strong hurricane that hit the coastline of the Carolinas. Most of the Outer Banks were damaged by that storm. Main colors of this photograph are vivid yellow, blues and white. Title: Kissed by the Sea: Traditional Color Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography Item ID#: LAND-0130If you are serious about seascape photography, you need patience and watch how the sea changes in front of your eyes. Be on the lookout for changes in the weather and the tides; take note of how the light is changing these elements. Light has three basic qualities: intensity, direction and color;  all of these qualities are affected by the time of the day. When the features match your vision of the scene or story you want to communicate in your photography start shooting.

A beautiful landscape photograph of the rippled sandbars that were visible at low tide at Cape Henlopen State Park during sunset. This image won second place in the Delaware Beach Life Photo contest and was on published in the Oct 2013 edition of Delaware Beach Life Magazine. Title: Sandbars Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography

A beautiful stormy landscape photograph of a warped dead tree on a beach cove in Woodland beach Delaware on a heavily overcast day. Title: The Cove Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape PhotographyA landscape photograph of cloudy day on the empty boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach Delaware. Photograph created by Melissa Fague.


About the Photographer:


Melissa Fague is an emerging nature and landscape photographer from Bear, Delaware USA. In just a few short years her work has been published over two dozen times and she has won multiple national and international awards for her beautiful photographs. Her most recent accomplishment is her first published photograph in an international publication with a worldwide distribution, “Landscape Photography Magazine”. Melissa is passionate about the art of photography and nature. Exploring areas and creating photographs is her form of stress relief and art therapy, but she also loves to share her visions so that others can enjoy. Her goal is to one day be ranked among the most famous nature photographers in the world. All of Melissa’s nature and landscape photographs are available for purchase, visit Pi Photography and Fine Art.

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