There is a growing interest by clients to purchase seascape prints, this is particularly evident in Cape Town where the beauty of the Cape Peninsula is glaringly obvious. I believe that a lot of the appeal lies in the peace and tranquility that seascape photography induces, particularly when used in interior design. They are also particularly impressive when printed large. The great Ansel Adams spoke of photography’s appeal being a believably art form, compared to other traditional mediums and I agree with him 100 percent.  

A fortnight ago I decided to go and shoot seascapes for my Classic Black and White Collection as well as the Seascapes on Eden portfolio. I planned the shoot so that it would fall over full moon, when the ocean swell was also nice and big. I could not have asked for a better weekend. I arrived at my location, not far out of Cape Town on the Friday afternoon. After walking along the jagged shoreline, I spotted an appealing composition. I decided to shoot it early the next morning at first light, during high tide.

The weekend promised great photography, with high seas as well as interesting cloud cover, it all started off with a BANG or should I say a WAVE. I have always said if you want to shoot interesting pictures you must not be afraid to get close to your subject. This time I certainly practiced what I preached and moved down onto a ledge just a few meters above the shoreline to set up a composition. It was still a bit dark and I had not noticed just how quickly the rising tide was coming in.
The composition was set, so I eagerly awaited first light to catch some of the rocks in front of me. The camera was set for an exposure time of three minutes, using a ND filter, to help capture a "milky" effect on the ocean. Suddenly, the first shot of the morning saw one drenched photographer back in the hut drying out the camera in an oven shortly after a rough wave seemingly came out of nowhere.

I only have myself to blame as a preceding, smaller wave gave some warning (see picture above) of what was on its way, but I had decided to stand my ground as I was in the middle of a long exposure and the light was just perfect at the time. All I heard was a deep thud and before I knew it, I was soaked. At the end of it all, my decision to stand fast proved correct for the sake of getting the photograph, but for the camera....well maybe not.
Fortunately the rest of the weekend went without incident and the Canon 5DMIII kept on going. On top of this picture, I was also able to capture a number of new prints for my Classic Black & White portfolio. I am particularly happy with this print as it demonstrates all of what I was trying to articulate earlier. A three minute exposure brought a calmness to the composition, which is only highlighted when displayed in a beautiful modern interior (see below). This photograph has been added to an ongoing project entitled Seascapes on Eden.

Hope you enjoy


Martin Osner


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