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Seascape Magic - FULL!

  • Takapu Refuge Walk Muriwai, Auckland, 0881 New Zealand (map)

One of the most difficult kinds of landscape to master is the seascape.  You have so many other things to take into account.  Namely, your gear and your own safety.  Shooting seascapes on New Zealand's West Coast is a prime example of this and many seascapers can tell stories of lost cameras, filters, and for me an iPhone that I stupidly left in my pocket only to be swamped up to my waist by an incoming surge.  Therefore, it is imperative to shoot these kind of images at low tide which is when we have the most scope to explore the area as well as to stay safe.  In addition, a good seascape makes a beautiful image and on this workshop I'll walk you through the basics of getting that silky smooth drag on the water and finding some interesting foreground elements to set your image off during the sunset.

We will meet quite early at the Muriwai gannet colony carpark and make our way down onto the beach.  There are a number of photographic elements on this beach and as it will be low tide when we commence it'll provide a great opportunity to explore the cave and rock shelf before we get ready for sunset.

Gear: a sturdy tripod as we may well be ankle to knee deep in the water at times.  A wide angle lens will work best, but any kit lens is also fine.  If you have some filters bring them.  The most appropriate filter is a graduated filter, but this isn't truly necessary, just an advantage.  It would be best to wear sandals or some kind of footwear that you don't mind getting wet.  Also, a very warm jacket, it gets quite cold standing out by your tripod late afternoon.  I also always like to keep a plastic bag (from Countdown/New World) in my camera bag in case a shower blows through.  It's much easier to put that over your camera while on the tripod than taking all your gear down.

Earlier Event: June 3
Astro Piha