Sunday, December 26, 2010

Photographs from A Rainy Day on The Beach

Unlike with any other places, the beach is a place where one - a photographer especially - would expect to find the sun and a clear blue sky. Unfortunately, the beach is just part of the earth, and like any other places on it and under the sky, it can also be cloudy and rainy, or even stormy.

So, what would you do if you had come to the beach, all gears packed and ready for the sun, sand, and surf, but found that the place was wet and cloudy?

Here's what I would do:

A photograph taken on the beach during a rainy day (or any day where the sky is overcast for that matter) would produce a near monochromatic image. The soft and even light would even make the picture flat and uninteresting. If this situation discourages you, you might just pack up and go or wait till the weather gets better.

But wait!

The complement of (or cure for?) monochrome is colors. That's it! Colors would break the monotony and the flatness of the situation.

And here's what I did on my recent excursion to a beach with some colleagues when I found that it was rainy and cloudy. I kept walking with my umbrella and camera, snapping whatever I could find interesting photographically all the while scouting for the badly needed colors to make my photographs work.

Then out of nowhere (I was lucky enough here), these girls in bright color clothings carrying bright-colored umbrellas were coming into my view finder. Two were chasing each other playfully. Others were just standing at the edge of the water contemplatively looking at the dark horizon.

"Perfect!" I said. And before I knew it, I had been snapping like crazy trying to follow their moves all the while trying to pay attention to the lines, the perspective, and proportion.

Note: I took all the photographs here with my Canon PowerShot A490 point and shoot digital pocket camera. I only made minor adjustments with a photo editing software for level, contrast, vignetting effects, and resizing.


Faarihin said...

nice pic..

all pic have their own stories...

wanshah said...

what software u're using to edit this picture?.. :) its look so nice.

Jom melawat sini...

Eki said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting. I used PhotoScape.

wanshah said...

can u please see the photos from do you know what trick they're using to get the beutiful picture like that? im trying to adjust the color and hue/saturation of picture that im shoot by myself in photoshop. But still cannot get the effect like that. for example this picture ->

how can they get the smooth green color on the boat?.. hope u can teach me sifu. because im really newbies in this field. tq.

Eki said...

Wanshah: In photography, first, you need to learn to take good/decent photograph.

No photo editing software could help you much if you did not take good photograph in the first place.

I don't use much photo editing software. I prefer to present photos as the are. All photos in my blogs are minimally or not edited at all.

The photo you refered to, I think, is only minimally edited. I think the photographer has edited the level only.


wanshah said...

tq sifu. i will try to improve my skill when shoot the scene. if i have a question, i will ask u again sifu. thanks. :)

wawan said...

nice nice

fadzli said...

nice view..kat mana nie?

tukangpoto said...

Emang suka bingung kalo lagi ngadepin mendung..eksperimen aja deh..:D

yuliusdjayuz said...

nice picture,,
how to capture that picture?

one said...

wow..i think this use SLR, only pocket camera ??? great, i need to learn more

Bon Tot said...


tim pengembara huru hara said...

like this

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